Reno Aces 13-17 (3rd); 3-4 This Week
Mobile BayBears 19-11 (2nd); 3-3 This Week
Visalia Rawhide 22-9 (1st) ; 4-3 This Week
South Bend Silver Hawks 16-14 (3rd); 5-2 This Week
Bryan Augenstein will start Wednesday to replace Yusmeiro Petit (shoulder) in the Arizona Diamondbacks rotation. The 22-year old Augenstein went 5-0 with an 0.78 ERA in six starts at Mobile, with 31 strikeouts in 34.2 innings. Double-A batters hit .145 against him. Augenstein has appeared at the top of the FutureBacks.com Power Rankings in all four weeks thus far and will not be purchased until after Tuesday's game so that the D-backs can keep another arm in the bullpen.
How will Augenstein fare in his major league debut? It's difficult to say. Prospects can have mixed results once promoted - no matter how dominant that prospect was at the previous level - and Augenstein skipped right over Triple-A. Josh Whitesell and Esmerling Vasquez, for example, have not been able to match their Triple-A success at the big league level thus far. Additionally, Hector Ambriz struggled with his first Reno start after dominating the southern League and the recently-promoted Bryan Byrne is mired in perhaps the worst slump of his career.
On the other hand, Jarrod Parker has hardly missed a beat since advancing to
Double-A. Rossmel Perez had come out of extended spring training showing
why he may be the best catching prospect in the entire organization. Augenstein,
along with Wes Roemer and Trevor Harden, are trying to emulate those
performances. Roemer and Harden shift up thanks to Augenstein's promotion.
Harden had been light-out in the Midwest League while Roemer had been bafflingly
more effective than last year despite his walk rate shooting up. He walked
only 33 batters all of last year, but has already issued 13 free passes in 2009.
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.
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 Sunday, May 10th. A highlight indicates a promotion this week.
|1||1||SP||Bryan Augenstein||Az||Unhittable in Double-A; let's see how he handles the Reds|
|2||3||OF||Gerardo Parra||Mob||3 OBP points behind SL leader; 3 AVG points behind 2nd-place|
|3||4||SP||Jarrod Parker||Mob||11 K and 1 BB in two Double-A starts|
|4||13||SP||Trevor Harden||Vis||Led MWL in W, CG, SHO, and IP before promotion|
|5||5||OF||Collin Cowgill||Vis||Homered the day after his 7-G hit streak snapped|
|6||10||OF||Brendan Duffy||SB||13 hits, 9 walks, 10 runs scored, and 5 stolen bases in last 10 games|
|7||6||OF||Ollie Linton||Vis||Cooling off at the plate, but heating up on the bases (3 SB Saturday)|
|8||19||SP||Pat McAnaney||Vis||4-0; only two runs allowed in his last 3 starts|
|9||12||SP||Ryan Cook||SB||4-0, hasn't allowed more than 3 ER in any start|
|10||16||IF||Justin Parker||SB||13-game hit streak despite battling flu symptoms|
|11||7||1B||Joshua Whitesell||Az||Just 1-for-14 with the D-backs, but only 2 strikeouts and a .316 OBP|
|12||2||OF||Cyle Hankerd||Mob||Hitless in five straight games before single and double Saturday|
|13||25||C||Rossmel Perez||SB||Batting .425 w/10-game hit streak despite a messy-looking swing|
|14||8||SP||Hector Ambriz||Reno||Hit hard in his first Triple-a start after a scoreless relief inning there|
|15||NR||C||John Hester||Reno||Hester is batting .417 this month with 4 multi-hit games already|
|16||9||3B||Ricardo Sosa||Mob||Hitting .276 with 1 RBI in May after .365, 18 RBI in April|
|17||NR||2B||Taylor Harbin||Vis||Hitting .350 with 9 R, 2 HR, 11 RBI, and 3 SB in last 10 games|
|18||18||OF||Trent Oeltjen||Reno||Batting .342 in May, but secondary stats are lacking|
|19||24||1B||Ryne White||Vis||Consistent all year; a hot streak would earn him a promotion|
|20||23||SP||Wes Roemer||Mob||Oddly more effective this year while walking more batters|
|21||21||RP||Bryan Henry||Vis||4 shutout innings, then 6 hits in 3 IP in his two outings this week|
|22||26||3B||Augie Murillo||Reno||11-game hit streak for Murillo|
|23||NR||RP||T.J. Hose||SB||0 ER, 1 H, 1 BB, 7 K in his last 4 games|
|24||NR||RP||Daniel Stange||Mob||1.98 ERA for the new BayBears closer|
|25||14||RP||Clay Zavada||Mob||Rare rough outing for Clay on Saturday|
|26||NR||RP||Daniel Schlereth||Mob||SL hitters are batting .176 against Schlereth|
|27||27||P||Sean Morgan||SB||Won his 2nd start and has 2.55 ERA on the year|
|28||11||RP||Jason Urquidez||Mob||6.75 May ERA after perfect April|
|29||NR||IF||Rusty Ryal||Reno||Batting .325 in May and playing every infield spot|
|30||15||RP||Scott Maine||Mob||Allowed 3 runs in last 2 innings despite 5 strikeouts|
Esmerling Vasquez (17) could be the odd man out when Augenstein is promoted due to his control issues
Chris Rahl (20) hasn't started a game since getting hit in the wrist on May 7th
Bryan Byrne (22) is 0-for-12 since his promotion to Reno and 1-for-his-last-28 overall
Three to Watch:
3B Ramon Ramirez (South Bend) hit two triples and drove in four on Saturday
RP Jordan Norberto (Visalia) has four straight scoreless outings, but is walking too many batters
SP Cody Evans (Mobile) threw five shutout innings in his last start despite no
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