FutureBacks Power Rankings: 2010 Vol. 4

Last season, only three of the Arizona Diamondbacks' seven affiliates finished with a winning percentage above .417. This year, none of the four affiliates currently playing has a losing record. Among many impressive individual performances, we pick some that stand out.

Reno Aces 16-16 (2nd)
Mobile BayBears 17-15 (3rd)
Visalia Rawhide 18-12 (1st)
South Bend Silver Hawks 16-16 (4th)

The Visalia Rawhide are in first place, the South Bend Silver Hawks are on a 16-7 run, and the Mobile BayBears won a game by the score of 17-1 earlier today.  It looks like the Arizona Diamondbacks farm system is in pretty good shape, particularly considering that their number one and number four ranked prospects going into the season (Jarrod Parker and A.J. Pollock) have been on the disabled  list.

The pitching has been particularly strong.  The D-backs have nine starting pitchers with an ERA under 3.00, and five of them are 2.25 or below.  Wes Roemer, Charles Brewer, and Wade Miley each have earned run averages under 2.00, although Miley's ERA is misleading, as he has allowed seven unearned runs and issued more walks than strikeouts. 

In the bullpen, one player stands out.  Bryan Woodall has yet to allow a run this year.  Opponents are batting .061 against Woodall, and he has a WHIP of 0.32.  Woodall is trying to best his streak of 28.2 innings last year without allowing an earned run.  He has been virtually unhittable since last June.

Three position players who were high draft picks last summer lead the offensive charge.  The success of Matt Davidson (35th overall) and Chris Owings (41st overall) is particularly impressive, as neither player has had their 20th birthday yet.  Still, for overall offensive thunder, no one in the organization can match Marc Krauss (64th overall).  Krauss has carried the Rawhide offense on his back, and it looks as though a promotion is the only thing that could prevent him from continuing that carriage.

Remember, the following rankings chronicle the hottest organizational prospects who are making the most of their opportunity by performing well.  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  the day games of Tuesday, May 11th.  A yellow highlight indicates a promotion this week.

Rank Prev Pos Name Team Comment
1 1 OF Marc Krauss Vis Slugging .620, 4th-best in CL
2 2 SP Josh Collmenter Reno 2.12 ERA with Reno; 3-0, 2.25 ERA overall
3 4 3B Matt Davidson SB Leads SB with .350 BA, 12 2B, 4 HR, and 21 RBI
4 6 RP Bryan Woodall Vis Getting ridiculous: 6 baserunners, 21 K, 0 ER in 15.2 IP
5 11 SP Wes Roemer Mob 1.91 ERA is 6th in SL; 36 K ranks 5th
6 9 SS Chris Owings SB Batting .359 over his last 10 games and .322 overall
7 15 SP Charles Brewer SB 1.78 ERA ranks 6th in MWL
8 16 SP Tom Layne Mob 2 ER and 0 BB over his last 2 starts; 4 wins leads system
9 5 SP Evan Frey Mob Batting .250 in May, but still doing little things to help the team
10 10 OF Cole Gillespie Az .500 SLG in 34 AB forced Az to keep Gillespie over Parra
11 3 C Konrad Schmidt Mob 0-for-his-last-9 and hitting .237 over his last 10 games
12 12 3B Bobby Borchering SB Batting .324 in May, but 8 errors in 19 games at 3B
13 19 SP Bryan Shaw Mob 1 ER allowed over his last 2 starts
14 14 C Rossmel Perez Vis 5 multi-hit games in his last 9
15 8 SP Eric Smith SB 6.75 May ERA after 0.75 April ERA
16 22 SP Matt Torra Reno Tossed 8 IP in consecutive starts, earning the win both times
17 17 C Errol Hollinger SB Batting .348 against RHP this year, .350 in May, and .310 overall
18 18 SP Mike Belfiore SB Only pitched one inning in his last start to conserve his arm
19 NR OF Ollie Linton Mob .533 OBP in his last 10 games
20 NR SP Chase Anderson SB 7-inning CG shutout earned him Pitcher of the Week honors
21 NR Util Rusty Ryal Az Ryal is 7-for-12 with a homer in May
22 7 SP Cesar Valdez Az Hit hard in start #2, but 9K in 9 IP total
23 NR OF Chris Rahl Reno Batting .364/.432/.636 in May
24 24 3B/1B Ryan Wheeler Vis Blasted a Cinco de Mayo HR estimated over 440 feet
25 NR 3B Kyle Greene Vis Batting .379/.538/.517 in May

Falling Off:

Jason Urquidez (13) has allowed eight runs on eight hits in three May innings, although only two of those runs were earned.

Jake Elmore (20) has three hits and no RBI over his last five games.

Ten To Watch:

C Tyson Van Winkle (South Bend) has a five-game hitting streak

RHP Brian Budrow (South Bend) has allowed just one earned run over his last 10.2 innings pitched

LHP Keny Sosa (South Bend) has a 1.73 ERA in 17 innings pitched, but has walked more batters than he has struck out

SP Ryan Cook (Visalia) is back to dominating A-ball hitters after one rough spot start for Reno

RP Brett Moorhouse (Visalia) has fanned eight batters in four innings so far in May without allowing a run

OFCollin Cowgill (Mobile) launched a grand slam earlier today and leads the BayBears with 16 RBI

1B Bryan Byrne (Mobile) has four multi-hit games during his active six-game hitting streak

2B Taylor Harbin (Mobile) is healthy again and has 7 RBI over his last three games

OF Cyle Hankerd (Mobile) Went 6-for-14 with three doubles and five RBI  for Reno, but got reassigned after Conor Jackson came off the DL and Gerardo Parra was sent down to Triple-A

SS Yunesky Sanchez (Reno) has reached base safely in seven straight games

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