FutureBacks Power Rankings: 2010 Vol. 6

The pitching-starved Arizona Diamondbacks have some good news in the farm system, as their four hottest prospects are all pitchers at different minor league levels. Josh Collmenter and Wes Roemer are succeeding after promotions, Charles Brewer is second in the Midwest League with a 1.41 ERA, and Bryan Woodall hasn't allowed an earned run through the first two months of the season.

Reno Aces 22-29 (3rd)
Mobile BayBears 24-24 (4th)
Visalia Rawhide 24-26 (3rd)
South Bend Silver Hawks 23-28 (5th)

Although the Diamondbacks system has been struggling for a couple of weeks now, several individual performances are opening eyes in the front office.  Roemer's strong pitching could soon land him a spot in the big leagues, and Collmenter is not far behind.  Brewer was passed over for a promotion to Visalia earlier this month, but that was more of an organizational decision not to deplete the Silver Hawks of all of their best players.  Woodall has been particularly impressive by dominating in a hitter's league, although he has proven mortal this week by surrendering three unearned runs.

Hot position players in the system are harder to find, but Ollie Linton and Paul Goldschmidt certainly fit the bill.  Linton has reached base in 42% of his plate appearances, and could be the prototypical leadoff hitter the D-backs need once he learns the finer points of base stealing.  Goldschmidt would be just another big thumper in Arizona's lineup, but might have a clear path to the bigs with Brandon Allen struggling in Reno and Adam LaRoche eligible for free agency at season's end.  The big Texan leads the farm system with a .537 slugging average.

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 through the games of Sunday, May 30th.  A yellow highlight indicates a promotion this week.

Rank Prev Pos Name Team Comment
1 1 SP Charles Brewer SB 24 K, 5 BB, 0.87 ERA over his last 20.2 IP
2 4 SP Wes Roemer Reno Went seven innings in both of his Triple-A starts (1.93 ERA)
3 3 RP Bryan Woodall Vis Allowed unearned runs in 3 of last 5 games, but 0.00 ERA for the year
4 5 SP Josh Collmenter Mob Hasn't allowed a run in two Double-A starts
5 8 OF Ollie Linton Mob Hitting .444 over his last 9 games; now 6th in SL with .336 BA
6 7 SP Chase Anderson Vis 22 strikeouts in 3 CL starts has led to a .203 BAA
7 13 1B Paul Goldschmidt Vis Went 5-for-5 on May 28 and is 4th in CL with 10 HR
8 10 3B Matt Davidson SB Walked 13 times in May after just 1 April BB
9 20 SP Barry Enright Mob Last 3 starts: 2-0, 2.04 ERA, 22 IP, 21 K, 4 BB
10 6 SS Chris Owings SB Followed 4 straight hitless games with a 5-for-14 run
11 11 C Konrad Schmidt Mob Hitless in his first 3 G off the DL, but now on a 5-game hit streak
12 12 SP Matt Torra Reno Allowed 5 ER in 2 of last 3 outings, with an 8 shutout IP sandwiched in between
13 16 C Ed Easley Mob Batting .368 over his last 10 games and playing improved defense
14 14 C Rossmel Perez Vis BA is falling, but Perez has 8 walks in his last 10 games
15 18 SP Mike Belfiore SB Hasn't allowed more than 2 runs in any of his 5 May starts
16 9 OF Collin Cowgill Mob Caught stealing in each of his last 2 games, but still 5th in SL with 13 steals
17 17 SP Tom Layne Mob First in system to 5 wins with CG SHO May 22, but hasn't pitched since due to rainouts
18 22 C Tyson Van Winkle SB Batting .321over his last 8 games
19 NR RP Diogenes Rosario SB Hasn't allowed an earned run in last 15 IP (18 K, 2 BB)
20 NR RP Leyson Septimo Mob Last 5 games: 6.2 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 12 K, 2 BB
21 NR SP Scottie Allen SB 18-year old hasn't allowed a run during consecutive wins
22 26 RP Carlos Rosa Az 4.76 ERA may seem mediocre, but he's been one of the D-backs' better relievers
23 15 SP Eric Smith SB 1.76 WHIP over his last 3 starts
24 27 1B Bryan Byrne Mob Clubbed a grand slam this week and has reached base 8X in last 3 G
25 NR 3B Ryan Wheeler SB Two hitless games snapped a hitting streak, but collected RBI both games

Falling Off:`

Marc Krauss (2) is mired in an 0-for-18 slump and is 1-for-his-last-29 (.034)

Dan Taylor (19) has allowed 28 hits in three California League starts

To Watch:

3B Bobby Borchering (South Bend) had an eight-game hitting streak snapped yesterday

RP Christopher Odegaard (South Bend) has turned in four straight scoreless outings and is 3-0 on the year

P Brett Moorhouse (Visalia) had a 0.98 May ERA prior to a poor outing on Sunday (9 baserunners in 2 IP)

2B Jake Elmore (Mobile) has seen his batting average hover around .300 most of the season.  He's stolen seven bases in eight May attempts

OF Cole Gillespie (Reno) has hit .300 in 10 games since returning to Triple-A

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