FutureBacks Power Rankings: Volume 11

The Arizona Diamondbacks scouting department deserves kudos for its recent work, as evidenced by the great early success of the D-backs' lowest-level affiliates. The Missoula Osprey and the DSL Diamondbacks are the two hottest affiliates in the organization right now, and several players from the 2009 draft are making noise with the Yakima Bears and the South Bend Silver Hawks as well.

Reno Aces 46-45 (2nd); on a 7-7 run
Mobile BayBears 37-33 1st Half (2nd); 10-9 2nd Half (3rd)
Visalia Rawhide 39-31 (3rd) ; 5-14 2nd Half (last)
South Bend Silver Hawks 26-35 (4th); 8-10 2nd Half (3rd)

Yakima Bears 8-16 (last); on a 3-12 slide
Missoula Osprey 12-8 (1st)
DSL Diamondbacks 23-15 (4th); on a 20-7 run

The DSL Diamondbacks have a winning percentage over .600 and it's close to .750 over the past four weeks.  It has been a team effort, and so you don't really see too many DSL D-backs players climbing these rankings.

The short season teams are a different story.  The Missoula Osprey are not only in first place, but they have 11 prospects ranked among the top 51, led by slugging shortstop David Narodowski.  The Yakima Bears represent the converse of the DSL squad, as they have several individual players tearing up the Northwest League, but are struggling mightily as a team.

Then we have Marc Krauss and Brad Wilson, 2009 draft selections who have sparked some life into a South Bend Silver Hawks club that had been in a tailspin.  If more such draft selections who are currently dominating the short season leagues get promoted to South Bend, the Silver Hawks could still make a serious run at a second half playoff spot.

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
NWL=Northwest League Yak=Yakima, Pio=Pioneer League, Mis=Missoula

Stats are accurate as of Monday, July 13th.  A yellow highlight indicates a promotion this week while a red highlight denotes a demotion.

Rank Prev Pos Name Team Comment
1 4 SP Jarrod Parker Mob Heater even better than advertised in Futures Game
2 6 RP Leyson Septimo Mob Fanned four in one inning in his Mobile debut
3 3 1B/C Sean Coughlin Mob 35 walks to 19 strikeouts in Mobile
4 5 OF Gerardo Parra Az Batting .287 with 13 R and 12 RBI since homering June 18th
5 1 RP Clay Zavada Az 9.00 ERA in July after 0.00 ERA thru June
6 10 OF Brendan Duffy Vis .430 OBP thru 20 games with the Rawhide
7 12 RP Jordan Norberto Mob Had a 1.61 ERA at Visalia prior to his promotion
8 9 SP Matt Torra Mob 1.29 ERA in two July starts, plus impressive in his ASG start
9 7 RP Tom Layne Vis Layne is holding steady as a dependable lefty reliever
10 22 1B Ryan Wheeler Yak Leads NWL with .486 OBP; had 5-for-5 performance earlier this month
11 11 1B Joshua Whitesell Reno Likely to return to majors after Tony Clark's release
12 17 RP T.J. Hose SB Hasn't allowed an earned run since June 20
13 NR SS Brent Greer Yak Slugging a ridiculous .771 in July!
14 14 OF Trent Oeltjen Reno Leads the PCL with a dozen triples
15 34 RP Brad Wilson SB 4.2 scoreless innings since promotion to South Bend
16 30 SS David Narodowski Mis .468 OBP is 2nd in NWL to teammate Castillo
17 19 LF Marc Krauss SB Leading the Hawks in AVG (.300), OBP (.367), and SLG (.438)
18 32 1B Paul Goldschmidt Mis .667 SLG is 4th in the NWL
19 NR C Konrad Schmidt Vis Last 8 Games: 13-for-31 (.419), 4 HR, 6 RBI
20 21 RP Reid Mahon Reno Back where he belongs: Triple-A
21 23 OF Ollie Linton Vis Hitting .326 with a .436 OBP in July
22 NR 1B Ramon Castillo Mis Batting .485 in his last 10 games; .483 OBP leads NWL
23 NR RP Chase Anderson Mis 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 14.2 IP, 7 H, 19 K, 5 BB
24 13 SP Berling Cruz DSL Walked five batters in his last start
25 NR CF Ender Inciarte Mis Batting .455 during 10-game hitting streak
26 26 OF Chris Rahl Mob Rahl had a nine-game hit streak heading into the break
27 27 2B Mark Hallberg Mob Hit .280 in June; has a .310 BA in July
28 NR RP Bryan Woodall SB Hasn't allowed an earned run since June 5 (18 IP, 16 K, 1 BB)
29 NR RP Adam Worthington Mis 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 8.1 IP, 3 H, 9 K, 0 BB
30 38 SS Pedro Ciriaco Mob Slick fielder is batting .368 in July
31 37 SP Gabriel Gonzalez DSL Has won his last four starts: 2.74 ERA, 32 K, 5 BB overall
32 36 RP Bryan Henry Vis 22:3 K/BB ratio over his last 21 IP
33 33 RP Brian Budrow Yak 14 K in 11.2 IP for Budrow
34 43 C John Hester Reno Sizzling .362 hitter in July - 11 runs scored in 11 games
35 35 OF Bobby Stone Mis Leads team with 20 RBI, but also with 26 K
36 NR SP Josh Collmenter Vis 1.15 ERA thru three July starts
37 NR RP Frank Santana DSL No ER allowed since June 19; 4 wins and 4 saves on the summer
38 NR RP Rusty Ryal Reno All-Star slugged .644 in June and blasted a grad slam Sunday
39 NR RP Charles Brewer Mis 2-0, 1.54 ERA, 11.2 IP, 6 H, 15 K, 5 BB
40 16 OF Jeremia Gomez DSL Batting .200 in July after hitting .310 in June
41 45 C Orlando Mercado Reno Eight walks to just two strikeouts so far at Reno
42 NR SP Wes Roemer Mob 2-0 with 12 K, 3 BB, and a 1.84 ERA in July
43 NR RP Diogenes Rosario Mis 1-0, 2 SV, 0.93 ERA, 9.2 IP, 11 K, 1 BB
44 NR RP Esmerling Vasquez Az 11 of last 13 outings were scoreless (3.00 ERA)
45 NR SP Brett Moorhouse SB 2-1 with a 2.50 ERA over his last 3 starts
46 8 SP Cesar Valdez Reno 16 ER in his last 14 IP (10.29 ERA)
47 NR 2B David Nick Mis .380 OBP and .477 SLG in July
48 NR RP Ben Dollar Yak Just three hits allowed over five straight scoreless outings
49 2 SP Patrick McAnaney Vis Allowed an obscene 17 earned runs in his last two starts
50 NR OF Alfredo Marte SB Last 8 games: 11-for-33 (.333) with a homer and 8 RBI
51 NR 3B/C Raywilly Gomez Mis Batting .370 during 12-game hitting streak

Falling Off:

Jason Urquidez (15) has walked five batters in his last 4.2 innings and allowed 10 earned runs in the 4.0 innings before that

Bryan Shaw (18) is 0-2 with a 5.93 ERA over three July starts

Daniel Schlereth (20) has been on the disabled list for over two weeks with a rib cage strain

Jonathan Perez (24) is batting .156 in his last 10 games and .087 in July

Daniel Kaczrowski (25) is just 9-for-53 (.170) in the month of July after batting .353 in June

To Watch:

1B Brandon Allen (Reno) is 5-for-11 with two walks, a double, a homer, and 5 RBI since joining the Aces

RP Josh Ellis (Mobile) has put together a great season since getting demoted from Triple-A

OF Evan Frey (Mobile) is batting .385 during his active seven-game hitting streak, but is slugging .310 for the year

3B Ramon Ramirez (South Bend) hit .342 in a 38-at-bat stint with the Visalia Rawhide before returning to Low-A

RP Victor Capellan (South Bend) has a 0.82 ERA in five Low-A games and a 9.53 ERA in five Hi-A contests

SP Randy Rodriguez (South Bend) went 8.1 innings in his last start, losing a shutout in the ninth

SP Christopher Odegaard (Yak) threw seven strong innings in his first professional win Monday

SS Bernardino Jimenez (DSL) is 8-for-18 (.444) since completing his 50-game suspension that began last season

RPs Danny Leon (Four straight scoreless games) and Johan Jaime (21 K in 15.2 IP) are looking good in the DSL


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