FutureBacks Power Rankings: 2010 Vol. 7

After a heartbreaking 11th-inning loss to the Jacksonville Suns earlier today, the Mobile BayBears would need a miracle to win the first half title in the Southern League's South division. However, their 9-4 run this month has been made possible by some outstanding individual performances. Also, the DSL Diamondbacks join the FutureBacks Power Rankings this week.

Reno Aces 27-37 (4th)
Mobile BayBears 34-29 (3rd)
Visalia Rawhide32-32 (3rd)
South Bend Silver Hawks 29-33 (5th)
DSL Diamondbacks 6-7 (5th)

The Mobile BayBears have been hitting exceptionally well of late.  Konrad Schmidt, Jake Elmore, and Ollie Linton each rank among the Southern League's top ten hitters, with Evan Frey just missing the cut.  The pitching hasn't been too shabby either, with Barry Enright's ERA having fallen below 3.00 and Josh Ellis still refusing to allow an earned run after nine innings with the BayBears.  Josh Collmenter's Southern League ERA jumped from 0.61 to 1.53 after he allowed four runs in today's start.

A new wave of prospects is splashing into the organization and onto the Power Rankings.  Not only are the Arizona Diamondbacks working to sign the 50 prospects they drafted last week, but the DSL Diamondbacks are  now 13 games into the season.  They are hitting just .207 as a club, but rank fourth in the 34-team league with 70 walks this season.  That shows a good approach at the plate at an early age, which portends future success for these youngsters.

Finally, Doug Deeds turned 29 this month and is hardly a prospect, but his performance is worthy of note here.  He hit .333 in May and is batting .405 through nine games in June.  Deeds' 25 doubles lead the Pacific Coast League and his .941 on-base-plus-slugging ranks seventh.  It is hard to believe that the Diamondbacks do not have a place for the hot-hitting Deeds on their roster.

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 day games of Monday, June 14th.  A yellow highlight indicates a promotion this week.

Rank Prev Pos Name Team Comment
1 1 SP Charles Brewer SB 1.45 ERA leads the Midwest League
2 4 SP Josh Collmenter Mob 7-1 with a 2.70 ERA across three affiliates
3 3 RP Bryan Woodall Vis Finally has an ERA, but you can barely see it (0.30)
4 6 SP Chase Anderson Vis 35 K in 28 IP with Visalia, including 11 K and 0 BB June 3
5 9 SP Barry Enright Mob Since end of April: 4-0, 2.44, 50 K, 9 BB
6 10 SS Chris Owings SB Batting .348 with 3 HR in 11 June games
7 7 1B Paul Goldschmidt Vis His 73 K is 2nd in CL, but he hasn't fanned his last four games (8-for-16)
8 8 3B Matt Davidson SB 7th in SL with .502 SLG and .883 OPS
9 NR 3B Kyle Greene Vis Last 10 games: .366/.405/.707, 3 HR 12 RBI
10 2 SP Wes Roemer Reno 11 walks and  HR have led to a 7.16 ERA in his last 3 starts
11 11 C Konrad Schmidt Mob .311 BA and .479 SLG leads the BayBears, but just 7 BB on the year
12 NR OF Evan Frey Mob Batting .400 this month with 13 runs scored in 14 games
13 NR C Errol Hollinger SB Had a 7-game hit streak right off the DL; 8 RBI in those games
14 NR 2B Jake Elmore Mob Went 8-for-19 with 5 BB, a triple, an SB, and a HR in key 5-gm series vs. Suns
15 NR RP Josh Ellis Mob Has yet to allow a run in 9 IP with the BayBears
16 16 OF Collin Cowgill Mob 4 doubles and 6 RBI in his last 3 games
17 NR OF Cole Gillespie Reno After 2 triples yesterday, Gillespie is .304/.458/.587 in June
18 NR 3B Bobby Borchering SB Last 10 games: .324/.432/.514, 2 HR, 8 RBI
19 NR SP Wade Miley Vis Miley has a 2.68 ERA this year if you ignore one disastrous 9 ER outing
20 20 RP Leyson Septimo Mob Had gone 11.2 innings w/out allowing an ER before surrendering 2 Sunday
21 5 OF Ollie Linton Mob Hitting .194 this month and is now 5-for-15 in SB attempts
22 15 SP Mike Belfiore SB 7 shutout innings June 6, then 7 ER in 5.2 IP June 12
23 23 SP Eric Smith SB 2-0 w/15 K in 17 IP since a "rest start" May 23, but 2 HR allowed
24 NR RP Danny Leon DSL Reliever is tied for DSL lead with 3 wins and has 13 K thru 8.1 IP
25 25 3B Ryan Wheeler Vis Batting average by month: April .310, May .298, June .308
26 NR P Eduardo Vizcaino DSL Tossed a 7-inning CG and has a 0.77 ERA
27 19 RP Diogenes Rosario SB Hadn't allowed an ER since May 4 before surrendering 4 on June 10
28 NR RP Jeff Dietz Mob 1.32 ERA, 18 K, 3 BB since the end of April
29 NR RP Christopher Odegaard SB 0.81 ERA and 6 hits allowed over his last 6 games (11.1 IP)
30 NR SS Pedro Ciriaco Reno Hit a grand slam Saturday and is batting .326 in June

Falling Off:`

Matt Torra (12) has allowed 11 runs and 22 hits in 10.1 June innings

Ed Easley (13) has a .160 batting average this month, which matches his April mark

Rossmel Perez (14) is batting .160 in June and has not drawn a walk in his last five games

Tom Layne (17) allowed seven earned runs in consecutive games to shoot his ERA up to 4.75

Tyson Van Winkle (18) is slugging .091 in June and has been supplanted by Errol Hollinger as the Hawks' primary backstop

To Watch:

RP Jose Jose (DSL) is having some command issues since converting from the outfield, but does have a 1.35 ERA through four appearances

SS William Castillo (DSL) has hit safely in each of his five starts and leads the DSL D-backs with a .316 batting average.  He has fanned just once in 19 at-bats

P Juan Valdez (DSL) was just signed June 9th and went 4.1 scoreless and walkless innings in relief that day

OF Byron Wiley (Visalia) is new to the organization, but has hit .290 with seven walks and a homer through his first eight game with the Rawhide

OF Marc Krauss (Visalia) seems to be getting his stroke back, as he has hit two homers - each in three-hit games - in the month of June

SP Patrick McAnaney (Mobile) has allowed two earned runs or fewer in each of his last four starts

1B Brandon Allen (Reno) is healthy again, and has gone .313/.511/.688 in June with two homers and nine RBI

SP Bryan Augenstein (Reno) has fanned 16 batters while walking just one in his last two starts, both of which resulted in wins

RP Jordan Norberto (Reno) hasn't allowed an earned run through five June games, but is still having control issues

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