FutureBacks Power Rankings: Volume 10

The Arizona Diamondbacks now have all seven of their affiliates in full gear. The four full season squads are each trying to put disappointing first halves behind them while the Yakima Bears and Missoula Osprey - stocked full of players from this month's draft - have gotten off to solid starts. The DSL D-backs are not to be overlooked, as they have won 10 of their last 14 games.

Reno Aces 39-38 (3rd); On an 11-3 Run
Mobile BayBears 37-33 1st Half (2nd); 3-4 2nd Half (last)
Visalia Rawhide 39-31 (3rd) ; 2-2 2nd Half (3rd)
South Bend Silver Hawks 26-35 (4th); 0-4 2nd Half (last)

Yakima Bears 5-4 (2nd)
Missoula Osprey 3-3 (2nd-t)
DSL Diamondbacks 13-12 (6th); On a 10-4 Run

It seems like just four weeks ago that the four full season affiliates combined to win 22 of 28 games in a week.  Oh right, it was four weeks ago.  Since then, little has gone right.  The BayBears went 6-13 to close out their first half.  The Rawhide - who had been in first place all season long - dropped their final six games of the first half to fall all the way to third place.  The Silver Hawks are a dismal 2-22 over their last 24 games.

But not all the news is bad.  The Reno Aces have won 11 of their last 14 games and now have the third-best team batting average in the PCL.  The DSL Diamondbacks have been nearly as good (10 of 14), with Jeremia Gomez leading the way offensively and Berling Cruz boasting five of the team's 13 victories.  The Missoula Osprey and Yakima Bears have both gotten off to solid starts thanks to another great draft by Scouting Director Tom Allison and some quick work with the signing pen by General Manager Josh Byrnes.

With the minor league season now halfway over, these Power Rankings will now appear every other week.  That reduces the risk of someone having a hot week (Like Mark Hallberg, Paul Goldschmidt, or Jonathan Perez) and our giving that small sample size too much weight given the large swath of data we have for many of these players.  Hallberg had been pretty awful until two weeks ago, Goldschmidt has played all of five pro games in his career, and Perez is facing some pretty inexperienced pitching in the DSL.  These guys will need to sustain some success to move up much in our rankings at this point.

It is also now an enormous task to wade through the performances of nearly 200 prospects each week and pick the 50 or that stand out.

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 4 RP Clay Zavada Az No ERA thru 18 major league games
2 2 SP Patrick McAnaney Vis Got the win in the All-Star game and had 8K, 0 BB in Sunday's loss
3 3 1B/C Sean Coughlin Mob 3 HR, 6 BB, and just 1 K in his last 10 games
4 NR SP Jarrod Parker Mob Got the win in his first game back from the DL, to play in Futures Game
5 1 OF Gerardo Parra Az .203/.225/.348 since June 9th
6 11 RP Leyson Septimo Vis Futures Game pitcher hasn't been scored upon in 8 of last 9 outings
7 15 RP Tom Layne Vis 2.33 Groundouts per flyout; 0.59 June ERA
8 8 SP Cesar Valdez Reno Three straight wins before allowing 5 ER in ND Saturday
9 9 SP Matt Torra Mob His past two starts were against the Diamond Jaxx - one bad, one good
10 10 OF Brendan Duffy Vis Has scored 5 runs over his past four games
11 7 1B Joshua Whitesell Reno Demoted because of Tony Clark's return to health; the performance was there
12 19 RP Jordan Norberto Vis Season ERA down to 1.74 after 5 straight scoreless outings
13 33 P Berling Cruz DSL His 0.62 ERA is 4th in DSL; his 5 wins is tied for 1st
14 NR OF Trent Oeltjen Reno Batting .381 with 7 XBH over his last 10 games
15 12 RP Jason Urquidez Reno Earned the win in 2 of his last 3 games
16 21 OF Jeremia Gomez DSL Leads his team in hits, doubles, triples, homers, RBI, batting average, and strikeouts
17 5 RP T.J. Hose SB 0-2 with a 4.70 ERA in June
18 25 SP Bryan Shaw Vis In June: 2-0, 2.42 ERA, .221 BAA, twice as many ground outs as air outs
19 NR LF Marc Krauss SB Hit safely in his first eight pro games
20 13 RP Daniel Schlereth Mob Dominant in Mobile before landing on the DL with a rib cage strain
21 27 RP Reid Mahon Mob Last 10 games: 2-1, 1.05 ERA, 15 K, 3 BB
22 NR 1B Ryan Wheeler Yak Leads Bears in hits, runs, walks, total bases, batting average, and on-base percentage
23 23 OF Ollie Linton Vis 3 multi-hit performances in his last 4 games
24 NR 3B Jonathan Perez DSL .510 OBP thru 13 games, plus 2 HR, 10 RBI, and 3 SB
25 NR 2B Daniel Kaczrowski Yak Leads the Bears with 5 doubles in 30 at-bats
26 6 OF Chris Rahl Mob 1-for-his-last-17 gives Rahl a .718 OPS for June
27 NR 2B Mark Hallberg Mob Han an 11-game hit streak snapped Sunday
28 18 P Taylor Sinclair SB Lost his last 2 starts, but has a shutout thru 5 in his latest
29 29 IF Yunesky Sanchez Mob Sanch is 25-for-80 (.313) since the end of April
30 NR SS David Narodowski Mis Batting .429 with 3 HR and 5 BB in 6 games
31 NR P Keny Sosa Mis 13 IP, 0 ER between South Bend and Missoula
32 NR 1B Paul Goldschmidt Mis .350/.458/.800 thru 5 games
33 NR RP Brian Budrow Yak 9 K, 3 H, 0 BB, 0 runs allowed in 5 innings
34 NR RP Brad Wilson Yak 6 K, 2 H, 0 BB, 0 runs allowed in 5 innings
35 NR OF Bobby Stone Mis 3 HR and a team-leading 8 RBI in 6 games, but 10 strikeouts already
36 NR RP Bryan Henry Vis 0-2 in June, but with 14 strikeouts to 3 walks and a 1.23 ERA
37 NR SP Gabriel Gonzalez DSL 1.61 ERA since his first start of the year; 28 K, 5 BB for the season
38 NR SS Pedro Ciriaco Mob 5 of his last 9 games have been multi-hit affairs
39 NR RP Jeff Dietz Vis 10.1 IP, 17 K, 2 BB, 0 ER since his return to Hi-A
40 NR 3B Keon Broxton Mis Has the only two triples on the team thru 6 games
41 20 RP Kyler Newby Mob 2 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 2 ER over his last 2 appearances
42 NR SP Ricardo Taveras Yak Has a 1.74 ERA thru 2 starts, but no decisions
43 NR C John Hester Reno Four doubles in his last four games
44 26 RP Chase Christianson Mob Walked four batters in his latest Double-A appearance
45 NR C Orlando Mercado Reno His promotion to Reno shows the D-backs are still high on  Mercado

Falling Off:

Cyle Hankerd (14) has hit .225 with no homers in June

Trevor Harden (16) has allowed a dozen earned runs total in three straight losses

Cody Evans (17) has taken two consecutive ugly losses

Brett Moorhouse (22) has lost three straight starts

Esmerling Vasquez (24) got knocked around by Texas last week: 2 HR, 4 H, 1 BB, 3 ER in 0.2 IP June 25th

To Watch:

LF Roberto Ortiz (DSL) is hitting .333 over his last 10 games and has gone a dozen at-bats without fanning

Chase Anderson, Ryan Robowski, Adam Worthington, and Charles Brewer are all relievers with Missoula that have not yet allowed an earned run.  Anderson has only allowed one hit over 3.2 innings and Robowski has been perfect through 2.0, plus owns the only two saves on the team.

C Jorge Corniel (5-for-12) and 3B Andrew Fie (6-for-16) have both impressed in limited action for the Yakima Bears.

RP Pira Rodriguez (Yakima) has thrown four strong innings in the Northwest League after getting pounded in the California League

3B Justin Parker (South Bend) went 3-for-4 with an RBI in his first game back from the DL

IF Rusty Ryal (Reno) has eight extra base hits - including four homers - over his last 10 games, but also 13 strikeouts and no walks

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