FutureBacks Power Rankings: Week 9

The Dominican Summer League has begun, and three Latin American prospects have burst onto the prospect ratings. But no one is making quite as much noise as catcher/first baseman Sean Coughlin, who is making the Arizona Diamondbacks front office looking like geniuses for promoting him and playing him less at catcher.

Reno Aces 29-35 (3rd); 3-3 This Week
Mobile BayBears 35-29 (2nd); 2-4 This Week
Visalia Rawhide 38-25 (1st) ; 3-3 This Week
South Bend Silver Hawks 26-35 (4th); 1-6 This Week
DSL Diamondbacks 5-8 (8th)

Sean Coughlin caught 71 games last year after undergoing knee surgery.  He went on the occasional tear, but also through a couple of prolonged slumps.  This season, he has only caught 10 games, and is beginning to see the offensive benefit of resting that knee.  His .853 OPS through 54 games dwarfs the .771 mark he established as a career-high last year, and is even more impressive given that the bulk of those numbers have been compiled at the Double-A level.

In other news, the Dominican Summer League has begun, and newcomer Jeremia Gomez has turned some heads.  At 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, the 18-year old Gomez already has a big league body.  Moreover, he's not just one of those athletic, toolsy youngsters with no idea of what to do at the plate.  He has walked six times while striking out nine times in 48 at-bats; five of his teammates have fewer at-bats and more strikeouts.  Oh, and he can run, too, as evidenced by his two triples and one stolen base already.

Generally speaking, we don't move DSL players up very aggressively on these Power Rankings.  They face some dubious competition, and it's hard to rank a player who has been good for just a few weeks higher than a player who has succeeded for several months.  But if Gomez can continue the ambitious pace he has set early on, we may have a difficult time keeping him low on the hot list.

As always, these rankings chronicle the hottest organizational prospects who are making the most of their opportunity, weighing recent performance most heavily.  They are not necessarily the best prospects in the system overall. 

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

Stats are accurate as of Sunday, June 14th.  A yellow highlight indicates a promotion this week while a red highlight denotes a demotion.

Rank Prev Pos Name Team Comment
1 1 OF Gerardo Parra Az His BA hasn't dropped below .277 since his major league debut (currently .296)
2 3 SP Patrick McAnaney Vis All-Star has won his last 3 starts and has a 1.50 ERA over his last 4
3 17 1B/C Sean Coughlin Mob Sizzling! An unheard of .429/.535/.800/1.335 line for June
4 4 RP Clay Zavada Az 9.5 K/9 and 0.88 WHIP to go with his perfect ERA
5 5 RP T.J. Hose SB Two more scoreless outings have dropped Hose's ERA to 1.46
6 7 OF Chris Rahl Mob Batting .394 with 4 SB over his last 8 games
7 33 1B Joshua Whitesell Az .308/.455/.500 with 8 RBI in 26 at-bats since latest callup
8 15 SP Cesar Valdez Reno 7 shutout frames in his latest start; 2.87 ERA since end of April
9 28 SP Matt Torra Mob 0 ER in 3 of his last 4 starts; 2nd in SL with 77.2 IP
10 11 OF Brendan Duffy Vis Got promoted despite .679 June OPS
11 13 RP Leyson Septimo Vis Hasn't allowed an earned run since May 23
12 14 RP Jason Urquidez Reno 12 K to just 1 BB n Triple-A (2.08 ERA)
13 9 RP Daniel Schlereth Mob 4 of his 5 outs were via the strikeout in his Double-A return
14 6 OF Cyle Hankerd Mob Batting .229 in June After hitting .394 in May
15 25 RP Thomas Layne Vis Added two more scoreless innings this week and has been terrific since April
16 10 SP Trevor Harden Vis Allowed 5 ER and 11 H on the 8th, then had a tough luck loss (7 IP, 8K, 1 ER) Sunday
17 24 SP Cody Evans Mob Evans has a 1.35  ERA thru 3 June starts
18 18 P Taylor Sinclair SB Allowed 9 baserunners in 4.2 IP in his last start, but that led to just 2 ER
19 19 RP Jordan Norberto Vis Playing his way onto the 40-man roster this fall
20 23 RP Kyler Newby Mob Newby has been consistent all year and could find himself back in the majors any day
21 NR OF Jeremia Gomez DSL Big outfielder is 9th in the DSL with a .396 BA (1.045 OPS)
22 12 SP Brett Moorhouse SB Had his worst start of the year Saturday and fell to 2-7
23 30 OF Ollie Linton Vis 4 multi-hit performances in his last 9 games and 3 walks Saturday
24 NR RP Esmerling Vasquez Az Rewarding Hinch's patience his last 6 games: 7.2 IP, 8 K, 1 BB, 1.17 ERA
25 35 SP Bryan Shaw Vis Hasn't allowed more than 3 ER in a start since May 6th
26 NR RP Chase Christianson Mob Mobile native earned the win in his 1st Double-A game
27 31 RP Reid Mahon Mob Earned his 1st save of the year in 2 perfect innings Thursday
28 NR 2B Taylor Harbin Vis 8-for-26 (.308) with 2 HR and 8 RBI this week
29 NR IF Yunesky Sanchez DSL Hit his 1st HR since June 11, 2007 on Tuesday and his 2nd on Sunday
30 NR RP Frank Santana DSL 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA and a save thru 4 games
31 27 SP Josh Collmenter Vis Made All-Star squad, but has had two straight rough outings
32 29 RP Scott Maine Mob 2 ER, 7 H allowed over his last 4 IP
33 NR P Berling Cruz DSL 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA thru 2 starts and 1 relief appearance
34 34 RP Daniel Stange Mob Stange tossed 2 scoreless IP this week, but still has a 5.40 ERA for June

Falling Off:

Jarrod Parker (2) went on the disabled list after taking a line drive off his right wrist

Billy Buckner (8) allowed 18 hits and 14 runs over his last two starts

Justin Parker (16) has a slightly separated shoulder and hasn't played in over a week

Collin Cowgill (20)  went on the disabled list with a fractured right hand

Bryan Augenstein (21) lasted just one inning in his latest start

Pedro Ciriaco (22) is batting .161 over his last 8 games

Four to Watch:

RP Jorge Perez (Visalia) struck out 11 batters over two relief appearances this week

RP Bryan Henry (Visalia) has allowed just one earned run over his last nine innings

C Rossmel Perez (South Bend) is 11-for-his-last 31 (.355), but has not drawn a walk in that span

C Jose Alegria (DSL) has a .417 on-base percentage through 11 games, but is slugging just .316

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