FutureBacks Power Rankings: 2010 Vol. 9

Most of the Arizona Diamondbacks affiliates are struggling, but they should benefit from an infusion of young talent netted at the trade deadline. Indeed, they have already seen positive contributions from ex-Angels Patrick Corbin and Rafael Rodriguez. But let's not overlook the one affiliate that is in first place despite losing its best pitcher to its parent team: the Mobile BayBears.

Reno Aces 46-61 (4th)
Mobile BayBears 1st Half: 36-32 (3rd); 2nd Half: 20-13 (1st)
Visalia Rawhide 37-33 (2nd-t); 2nd Half: 16-19 (4th)
South Bend Silver Hawks 1st Half: 30-38 (6th); 2nd Half: 12-20 ( 6th)
Missoula Osprey 14-24 (4th)
Yakima Bears 1st Half: 18-20 (3rd);2nd Half: 2-1 (1st-t)
DSL Diamondbacks 19-32 (7th)

After posting a 2.88 ERA in 93.2 innings with the Mobile BayBears, Barry Enright has handled major league hitters just as easily, managing a 2.73 ERA through his first five major league starts.  While Enright's presence has certainly benefitted the Arizona Diamondbacks, it strangely enough hasn't stopped the BayBears from pacing the Southern League South Division in wins.

Tom Layne has stepped in as the staff ace, inducing ground ball after ground ball so as to be able to work deep into games.  Not all young pitchers have Layne's rubber arm, however, so to evenly distribute innings among their pitching prospects, the D-backs swapped pitching roles for several BayBears.  Bryan Shaw moved from the rotation to the bullpen, while relievers Bryan Henry and Kyler Newby stepped in to take Enright and Shaw's rotation spots.  While this is undoubtedly a great player development move, the surprise is that all three pitchers have excelled in their new roles, propelling Mobile to more wins.  Let's not forget Wade Miley, who has been simply lights-out since being promoted from Visalia in late June.

The offense has held up its end of the bargain as well.  The tandem of Konrad Schmidt and Collin Cowgill continue to act as though the southern League isn't a very tough league on hitters, which it most assuredly is.  Speedy outfielders Evan Frey and Ollie Linton have seen their batting averages drop in the dog days of summer, but they are still finding ways to reach base and set the table for Cowgill and Schmidt.   

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

Stats are accurate through the day games of Friday, July 30th.  A yellow highlight indicates a recent promotion.

Rank Prev Pos Name Team Comment
1 1 SP Charles Brewer Vis Leads the farm system with 111 strikeouts and a 2.52 ERA
2 4 SP Barry Enright Az Has been the D-backs' best starter since his promotion
3 3 RP Bryan Woodall Mob 9 straight innings without an ER, 7.1 at Double-A
4 5 1B Paul Goldschmidt Vis 29 HR leads CL by 3, organization by 10
5 7 SP Wade Miley Mob 2.65 ERA is second in the farm system; 1.59 ERA in 7 starts at Double-A
6 6 OF Marc Krauss Vis .348 AVG, 14 HR, 49 RBI in June & July combined
7 20 OF Adam Eaton Mis .388 AVG, .531 OBP, and .612 SLG leads PIO; 47 H, 32 R, 24 BB & 14 SB rank 2nd
8 14 1B Brandon Allen Reno 11 H, 7 HR, & 13 RBI in a 7-day span
9 2 SP Josh Collmenter Reno Not as dominant at AAA, but 5 of his 7 starts have been 3 ER or fewer
10 11 C Konrad Schmidt Mob Batting .333 since the end of May with 14 2B, 14 BB, and 25 RBI
11 12 OF Collin Cowgill Mob BA by Month: April .256, May .280, June .313, July .348
12 29 SP Tom Layne Mob 1.44 ERA and .167 BAA in four starts this month
13 19 RP Jake Hale Yak 24 K, 4 BB, and a 0.37 ERA through 24.1 IP
14 16 3B Matt Davidson SB 63 RBI is tied for MWL lead; batting .295 in July
15 10 C Richie Rowland Mis Falling back to earth, but still a .295 hitter in July
16 NR C John Hester Reno 2 or more hits in 12 of his last 20 starts
17 9 P Chase Anderson Vis Allowed 7 ER in 2 outings, then rebounded with 7 K in 3 no-hit innings
18 25 OF Wagner Mateo DSL 34 RBI is just one behind the DSL leader; .400 BA over his last 10 games
19 26 OF Roberto Rodriguez Mis Among top 10 in PIO in AVG (.336) and SLG (.547)
20 NR OF Chris Rahl Reno .484/.568/.871 over his last 10 games and 3 HR in his last 4
21 21 RF Kyle Greene Vis Despite playing just 88 G with Vis, Greene leads team with 52 BB
22 NR SS Mike Freeman Yak Batting .405 in his last 10 games and hasn't committed an error yet
23 NR 1B Bobby Stone Mis .343 with 5 HR and 23 RBI in July
24 NR SP Taylor Sinclair Vis Had 4 straight starts of 1 ER or fewer before a rough one Wednesday
25 NR 1B Yazy Arbelo Yak 6 HR and 27 RBI are both tied for 2nd in NWL
26 NR SP Kevin Eichhorn Mis 4-1 2.55 with 43 K in 42.1 IP since his 1st start
27 39 C Raywilly Gomez Yak .303 BA, 12 BB, and 7 K was expected.  3 HR in 89 AB is a pleasant surprise
28 NR P Bryan Henry Mob In 6 starts since joining the rotation, he's only allowed more than 1 ER once
29 23 RP Sam Demel Az 4 ER in his last 2 outings, but still one of the better arms in the D-backs 'pen
30 NR OF Raoul Torrez Yak 4 straight multi-hit games and induced a game-winning balk Thursday
31 8 OF Evan Frey Mob Batting just .241 in July, but still a .295 hitter with a .385 OBP overall
32 NR RP Christopher Odegaard SB 2-0, 1.59 ERA over his last 11.1 IP; 5-0, 2.94 ERA overall
34 34 1B Ramon Castillo SB Cooling his torrid June pace, but 2nd on team with .480 SLG and .818 OPS
35 NR Util Rusty Ryal Az Ryal is playing more under Kirk Gibson and batting .333 since June 20
36 NR RP Kable Hogben Yak Miniscule 0.89 ERA and 5 saves in 20.1 IP
37 NR RP Eury De La Rosa Yak Miniscule 1.05 ERA and 4 saves in 25.2 IP
38 38 3B Eric Groff Mis 6 HR and 30 RBI lead the Osprey, but Groff is slumping of late
39 15 RP Josh Ellis Mob 9 H and 6 ER over consecutive outings, then started another scoreless streak (6.1 IP)
40 NR 2B David Nick SB .317/.400/.485 in July and steady defense all year at second base
41 18 RP Leyson Septimo Reno 10 walks in 5.2 innings since his promotion
42 NR RP Keith Cantwell Yak 1.71 ERA, .187 BAA, and 0.87 WHIP in 26.1 IP
43 NR RP Greg Robinson Yak Leads Bears with 5 wins and has 28 K in 24 IP
44 NR RP Justin Albert Mis 11 K, 8 H, 1 BB, and 0 ER over his last 14 innings
45 NR RP Victor Capellan Vis Sidearmer has a 1.80 ERA over his last 20 IP

Falling Off:`

Patrick Schuster (13) is 0-3 with a 6.00 ERA in his last five starts

Cole Gillespie (17) has had just one hit and no walks since July 9

Chris Jarrett (22) is hitting .125 over his last 10 games and .213 in July after a torrid June

Errol Hollinger (24) is batting just .152 in July

Diogenes Rosario (27) has battled some mechanical issues that have limited him to nine strikeouts over his past three starts.  He had 34 in his previous four.

Jordan Norberto (28) now has an 11.05 ERA with the D-backs

To Watch:

3B Jonathan Perez and OF Alan Santiago (DSL Diamondbacks) are each taking a great approach to the plate.  Perez boasts an incredible 24 walks in 31 games (.430 OBP) while Santiago has a .439 OBP over his last 10 games.

2B Adonys Canelo (Missoula) tied a club record with five hits last Sunday and is batting .333 in July

RP Mike Bolsinger (Yakima) is 1-0 with a 0.84 WHIP and a 1.69 ERA in 10.2 innings since signing with the D-backs

OF Keon Broxton (South Bend) has 16 triples on the season, which is three shy of the all-time Midwest League record.

RP Kevin Munson (South Bend) has allowed just one hit over his first four pro appearances.

SP Patrick Corbin (Visalia), fresh from the Angels' system, fanned eight and allowed two hits in five shutout frames in his organizational debut

RP Will Harvil (Visalia) fanned 17 batters in just 10 innings with the Osprey, but has struggled in three appearances at Hi-A

P Kyler Newby (Mobile) has 17 strikeouts in 13 innings since joining the starting rotation (2.08 ERA).

P Bryan Shaw (Mobile) has a 1.69 ERA in 16 innings since moving to the bullpen.

P Zach Kroenke (Reno) pitched four shutout innings in a spot start Wednesday, and now has a 0.82 ERA in three starts.

SP Cesar Valdez (Reno) has allowed just one run over his past two starts.

RP Rafael Rodriguez (Reno) has been a ground ball machine since his acquisition from the Angels in the Dan Haren trade (10 groundouts, 2 strikeouts, one flyout).

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