FutureBacks Power Rankings: Week 3

For the first couple weeks of the minor league season, four Mobile BayBears vied for the distinction of the hottest position player prospect in the system. But after a scorching-hot week, Cyle Hankerd has come out of nowhere to surpass them all.

Reno Aces 10-13 (2nd); 3-3 This Week
Mobile BayBears 16-8 (2nd); 4-3 This Week
Visalia Rawhide 18-6 (1st) ; 5-1 This Week
South Bend Silver Hawks 11-12 (4th); 4-3 This Week

For the second time in the first three weeks of the season, a Mobile BayBear has been named Southern League Hitter of the Week. After Ricardo Sosa's opening week heroics, Cyle Hankerd earns this week's distinction.  Hankerd blazed through the previous week, recording 15 hits in 22 at-bats for an eye-popping .682 batting average. The 24-year old outfielder tripled his RBI total from five to 15 while ripping three home runs during a two-game stretch in Jacksonville.  He passed teammate Gerardo Parra for the league lead in batting average at .377 and also leads with a 1.068 OPS.

The BayBears already laid claim to the hottest pitching prospect in the organization - if not all of baseball - in Bryan Augenstein.  He is now joined in Mobile by top prospect Jarrod Parker, who struggled in his first outing against Double-A hitters.  Jarrod's older brother, Justin, is also climbing the charts with a 10-game hit streak and solid defensive play.

Remember,  these rankings chronicle the hottest organizational prospects who are making the most of their opportunity ,weighing recent performance most heavily, not the best prospects overall. 

Abbreviations: Mob=Mobile, SL=Southern League, PCL= Pacific Coast League
SB=South Bend, MWL=Midwest League, Vis=Visalia, CL=California League

Stats are accurate as of the conclusion of Monday, May 4th's day games.  A highlight indicates a promotion this week.

Rank Prev Pos Name Team Comment
1 1 SP Bryan Augenstein Mob 5-0, 0.35 ERA; No one else in SL even has 4 wins
2 NR OF Cyle Hankerd Mob Southern League Hitter of the Week had 5 straight multi-hit games
3 3 OF Gerardo Parra Mob Fell to 2nd in SL with a .375 BA and .476 OBP; homered Monday
4 2 SP Jarrod Parker Mob 8 H and 2 HB in first SL start, but 5 K and 1 BB
5 5 OF Collin Cowgill Vis Batting .383 away from Recreation Park
6 15 OF Ollie Linton Vis 14 G hit streak and 14-for-his-last-29 (.483)
7 10 1B Joshua Whitesell Reno Collected 4 hits, 4 walks, and 4 RBI in separate games this week
8 17 SP Hector Ambriz Reno Did not allow a run in any of his 3 Double-A wins
9 6 3B Ricardo Sosa Mob BA fell 30 points this week, but it's still at .341
10 7 OF Brendan Duffy SB BA is falling, but five walks in past three games
11 11 RP Jason Urquidez Mob Finally surrendered a run following two perfect outings
12 12 SP Ryan Cook SB Still 3-0, 2.16 after worst start of the season
13 NR SP Trevor Harden SB Has won four straight starts (2.10 ERA, 0.82 WHIP)
14 16 RP Clay Zavada Mob 13 K, 2 H over his last 8.2 IP
15 22 RP Scott Maine Mob Earned saves his previous 2 games; still only 1 ER allowed
16 25 IF Justin Parker SB Batting .471 during 10-game hit streak
17 9 RP Esmerling Vasquez Az Allowing homer to Carlos Zambrano not as embarrassing as it sounds
18 NR OF Trent Oeltjen Reno 10-for-his-last-21 (.476); .922 OPS for the year
19 NR SP Pat McAnaney Vis 3-0 now: 7K, 3H, BB, 0ER last start
20 4 OF Chris Rahl Mob Batting .194 over his last 9 games (6-for-31)
21 NR RP Bryan Henry Vis 5 of 6 outings have been 0ER, 1H, 2+ IP
22 8 1B Bryan Byrne Mob Just one hit in his last 7 games: 1-for-16 (.063)
23 24 SP Wes Roemer Vis Two-hitter in 2nd-straight victory with uncharacteristic 4 walks
24 21 1B Ryne White Vis Getting on-base a lot, but just 1 XBH in last 9 games
25 NR C Rossmel Perez SB Batting .444 after 5 games at South Bend
26 18 3B Augie Murillo Reno Drew 11th-inning bases-loaded walk Friday to win the game
27 19 RP Sean Morgan SB Joins rotation; had rough 3rd inning in first start since college
28 NR P Taylor Sinclair SB 15 K in 12.2 IP after 4 shutout relief innings Saturday

Falling Off:

John Hester (13) is batting .250 over his last nine games

Josh Collmenter (14) has allowed eight earned runs in his last two starts

Jeff Dietz (20) has had control issues (five walks over three outings) before righting the ship Sunday

Four to Watch:

OF Alberto Diaz (South Bend) hit a go-ahead 9th-inning grand slam Saturday and is a rare athlete

3B Kyle Greene (Visalia) had four straight multi-RBI games this week

RP Daniel Schlereth (Mobile) is averaging a strikeout per inning and has a 1.86 ERA, plus has issued just one walk over his last five games

2B/3B Rusty Ryal (Reno) is batting .324 in his lat 10 games, but has committed five errors this year

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