FutureBacks Power Rankings: Volume 13

While Gerardo Parra is a legitimate Rookie of the Year contender, he is by no means the only impact rookie on the Arizona Diamondbacks this year. Trent Oeltjen and Rusty Ryal are the latest D-backs prospects to impact the big league squad in a major way.

Reno Aces 61-56 (3rd); on a 15-11 run
Mobile BayBears 37-33 1st Half (2nd); 18-27 2nd Half (last)
Visalia Rawhide 39-31 1st Half (3rd) ; 16-28 2nd Half (last)
South Bend Silver Hawks 26-35 1st Half (4th); 21-22 2nd Half (5th)

Yakima Bears 18-32 (last); on a 2-7 slide
Missoula Osprey 21-17 (2nd); 5-2 2nd Half (1st)
DSL Diamondbacks 33-28 (4th-t); on a 5-7 slide

Seven players have made their big league debut with the Arizona Diamondbacks this season: Gerardo Parra, Esmerling Vasquez, Clay Zavada, Daniel Schlereth, Bryan Augenstein, Trent Oeltjen, and now Rusty Ryal.  Parra, Vasquez, and Zavada have each been key contributors to the club for most of the season.  Augenstein and Schlereth stayed only briefly, but each made useful contributions at a time when the major league roster was a veritable infirmary.  Oeltjen and Ryal have made immediate impacts.  Kyler Newby was called up briefly without appearing in a game, but otherwise, the prospects promoted to the majors this season have made a significant impact.

The success of these players has other indirect benefits for the organization as well.  Other prospects see their teammates promoted aggressively and succeeding in the majors and are motivated to work harder themselves, knowing that they could get the call at any time.  Barry Enright has seen five of his teammates promoted to the majors this season and has responded by allowing no earned runs in three of his last five starts.

"You see close friends - [like Bryan Augenstein] - you see someone like that after five starts in Double-A all of a sudden get the call to the big leagues, and you see Parra, people close to you, like [Hector] Ambriz, up to Triple-A... it's something special, and something to drive you forward."

With the rosters expanding on September 1st, we will only see more young prospects wearing D-backs red in the coming weeks.  While it will be hard for them to top the prospects that have come before them, new #1 prospect Trent Oeltjen appears to be doing just that.

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
SB=South Bend, MWL=Midwest League, Vis=Visalia, CL=California League
NWL=Northwest League Yak=Yakima, Pio=Pioneer League, Mis=Missoula
DSL = Dominican Summer League

Stats are accurate as of Monday, August 11th.  A yellow highlight indicates a promotion this week.

Rank Prev Pos Name Team Comment
1 14 OF Trent Oeltjen Az Remarkable 8 hits and 3 HR in his first 20 ML at-bats
2 6 IF Rusty Ryal Az 15 hits and 7 XBH in his final 40 Reno at-bats before his promotion (.375/.625)
3 7 RP T.J. Hose Vis 13 K, 1 BB so far in Visalia
4 4 P Tom Layne Mob Six walks in his first Mobile start
5 5 1B Brandon Allen Reno AVG is leveling off, but at least 1 RBI in 6 of his last 9 games
6 12 C John Hester Reno .391/.443/.672 since the All-Star break
7 8 RP Bryan Woodall SB 1.06 ERA in 34 IP since the end of May
8 9 C Konrad Schmidt Vis Batting .351 during current 10-game hit streak
9 10 1B Ryan Wheeler Yak 2nd in NWL with .331 BA and .447 OBP; 4th with .524 SLG
10 13 CF Ender Inciarte Mis 16-for-38 (.421) during his active 10-game hit streak
11 18 1B Paul Goldschmidt Mis Earned Player of the Week honors; .469/.550/.844 in August
12 1 RP Leyson Septimo Mob 8 baserunners allowed over 3 appearances in August
13 23 SS Pedro Ciriaco Mob Batting .353 in August after a .357 July.  29 SB this season
14 NR RP Daniel Schlereth Mob 8 of his 9 recorded outs since his DL stint have been strikeouts
15 21 OF Ollie Linton Vis 11 doubles, 4 triples, and an .816 OPS since the All-Star break
16 33 1B Clayton Conner SB Led the NWL with 9 HR at the time of his promotion
17 17 RP Frank Santana DSL Struggling in August, but still 6-1, 1.80 overall
18 27 RP Victor Capellan SB 1.09 ERA and .118 BAA in 13 games with the Hawks
19 28 RP Josh Ellis Mob 23 K, 3 BB, 8 H, 0 ER in his last nine appearances
20 20 RP Justin Mace SB Scoreless steak was snapped Monday, but he still got the save
21 NR SP Ryan Cook SB Last 5 starts: 3-1, 1.41 ERA, 25 K, 6 BB
22 22 RP Diogenes Rosario Mis 21 K, 3 BB, 0.48 ERA, but only one appearance this month
23 26 RP Keith Cantwell Mis 3-0 with 24 K, 1 BB, and a  .198 BAA
24 19 SS David Narodowski Mis Only batting .226 over his last 10 games, but with a .400 OBP thanks to 9 walks
25 44 2B David Nick Mis Nick is batting .406 in August
26 32 OF Chris Rahl Mob Rahl is batting .357 in August and is 10-for-23 (.435) in his last 6 games
27 3 SS Brent Greer Yak .162/.184/.189 in 37 August at-bats
28 NR P Mike Belfiore Mis 18K, 3 BB, and a 0.50 ERA as a starter, although he has allowed 6 unearned runs
29 29 RP Adam Worthington Mis 3 scoreless IP to begin August after a rough end to July
30 NR 2B Taylor Harbin SB Batting .342 in his last 10 games; 3 HR in his last 6
31 31 RP Charles Brewer Mis 5-0 this year, but a 3.75 ERA over his last 4 games
32 NR 2B Jake Elmore SB .415 OBP since the All-Star break for Elmore
33 35 OF Bobby Stone Mis Continues to drive in runs despite low BA (.247 BA/league-leading 43 RBI)
34 NR SS Raul Navarro DSL Batting .385 with 6 BB in his last 10 games, but 27 errors in 60 games
35 NR RP Brian Budrow Yak 21 K in 21 IP; 3 scoreless IP in his last appearance
36 34 RP Chase Anderson Mis 15 hits in 11.1 IP after just 7 in his first 16.2
37 46 RP Scott Maine Reno One bad outing makes his Reno numbers look worse than they are
38 38 SP Teo Gutierrez DSL 59 strikeouts to 12 walks for the season
39 NR 3B Keon Broxton Mis 3rd-round pick is slugging .594 in August
40 40 RP Billy Spottiswood Vis Got the win despite a rough outing Friday
41 24 3B/C Raywilly Gomez Mis So far held without an RBI in August
42 NR C Jose Alegria DSL Has a 7-game hit streak and a 9-game on-base streak
43 11 SP Matt Torra Mob Broke a string of five straight losses on Saturday
44 NR C Tyson Van Winkle Yak Went 4-for-4 on August 5th.  His August BA is .400 despite beginning the month 0-for-5

Falling Off:

Jarrod Parker (2) is out for the season with an injured right elbow

Marc Krauss (15) is out for the season with an ankle injury

Jordan Norberto (16) has an 8.18 ERA and 1.91 WHIP in Double-A

Brendan Duffy (25) has only walked once in his last 10 games; not what you want from a table-setter

To Watch:

OF Domingo Soriano (DSL) isn't doing anything special on offense, but hasn't committed an error in 60 games

RP Kevin Eichhorn (Missoula) has fanned seven batters over his four innings of work, but has little to show for it

OF A.J. Pollock (South Bend) is batting .300 over his last ten games and beginning to show why he was a first-rounder

RP Jeff Dietz (Visalia) has fanned six over three hitless innings and nine over five scoreless innings in August

SP Barry Enright (Mobile) hasn't allowed an earned run in three of his last five starts, but allowed 26 hits and 14 earned runs in the other two

SP Tony Barnette (Reno) has won his last four games and has struck out 21 batters in that span


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