Thomas Layne was a starter in Missoula, then began 2008 as a reliever, and now works as a swingman for South Bend. He is succeeding in both roles. Evan Scribner was a phenomenal starter at Central Connecticut. He has performed so well as a reliever that the organization may consider moving him back to the rotation, particularly with his offspeed stuff being so filthy.
All three closers at the higher levels appear on these rankings. Submarining Josh Ellis has been fantastic all year for Visalia after struggling through command problems at Yakima and skipping South Bend. Sinkerballer Reid Mahon is allowing a lot of hits, but he is stingy with extra-base knocks and induced a lot of double plays. Changeup artist Leo Rosales has has an up-and-down year, but when he's been on, he's been untouchable. Rosales' stuff would lend itself to the rotation better than the repertoires of the other two closers would.
Remember, these rankings chronicle the hottest organizational prospects who are making the most of their opportunity, with the greatest emphasis placed on recent play, not the best prospects overall.
Note: Stats are accurate as of Sunday, June 1st.
|1||1||SP Max Scherzer||Az||Allowed his first run as major league reliever vs. Nats|
|2||2||3B Jaime D'Antona||Tuc||Active 10-game hit streak; hit .451 in May|
|3||3||SP Bryan Augenstein||SB||In MWL: 3rd in IP, 6th in strikeouts, 6th in ERA, 6th in WHIP|
|4||8||SP Cesar Valdez||Vis||Last 4 starts: 30.1 IP, 25 H, 19 K, 4 BB, 1.48 ERA|
|5||4||SS Yunesky Sanchez||Mob||Went 10 straight starts without striking out at the end of May|
|6||6||RP Josh Ellis||Vis||Has only allowed earned runs in one of his 16 appearances|
|7||11||RP Evan Scribner||SB||Fanned 5 in Memorial Day save; 10 straight scoreless outings|
|8||5||1B Joshua Whitesell||Tuc||6-for-23 (.261)with a double this week falls short of recent expectations|
|9||12||RP A. J. Shappi||Tuc||Really earned his promotion and tossed a scoreless inning in Triple-A debut|
|10||17||P Thomas Layne||SB||Two of his three starts have been shutouts; 2.10 ERA as a reliever|
|11||19||OF Evan Frey||SB||5 multi-hit games in current 6-game hit streak|
|12||-||2B Emilio Bonifacio||Tuc||Went 13-for-29 this week (.448); batting .343 vs RHP|
|13||14||OF Alexander Romero||Az||Doubled in his first full game in the majors|
|14||9||RP Chad Beck||Vis||Hasn't walked a right-handed Hi-A batter yet|
|15||7||SB Jarrod Parker||SB||Getting a rest to prevent overuse and limit his innings|
|16||13||SP Matt Torra||Mob||April: 3-0, 1.74 May: 1-4, 3.55|
|17||24||RP Reid Mahon||Mob||2nd in SL in saves; Still hasn't blown one|
|18||-||RP Jason Urquidez||Vis||Last 7 games: 13.1 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 15 K, 4 BB|
|19||23||OF Tim Raines||Tuc||Uncharacteristic: 13 hits, 3 HR, but no walks over last 9 starts|
|20||-||RP Leo Rosales||Tuc||Has saved 5 games and posted 1.80 ERA since May 10 debacle|
|21||15||RP William Spottiswood||SB||Allowed two hits and a run in each of his last two outings|
|22||20||SP Billy Buckner||Tuc||3-1, 3.00 ERA in 6 May starts for emotional pitcher|
|23||-||SP Tony Barnette||Mob||Catching up to AA batters: 19.1 IP, 4 ER, 18K, 3 BB, in last 3 starts|
|24||-||SP Christian Beltre||SB||Tossed CG 2-hitter in his latest success|
|25||-||OF Gerardo Parra||Mob||Promoted to Mobile despite just decent numbers|
Three To Watch:
- RP Forrest Cory (Mobile) allowed only two earned runs over his last 10 innings
- RP Scott Maine (Visalia) has fanned 10 in eight innings, but walked six
- SP Josh Collmenter (South Bend) has gone at least five innings in each of his past four starts, never surrendering more than two earned runs
- C Sean Coughlin (10) has just four hits in his last 38 at bats (.105)
- 1B Bryan Byrne (16) has only one extra base hit over his last 10 games
- SP Adam Howard (18) couldn't make it out of the third inning in his latest start
- OF Cyle Hankerd (21) is batting .216 with just one RBI over his last 10 games
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