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