Reno Aces 33-23 (1st) / May: 17-14
Mobile BayBears 31-24 (1st-t) / May: 15-16
Visalia Rawhide 25-30 (5th) / May: 13-16
South Bend Silver Hawks 29-26 (4th) / May: 20-11
As usual, the South Bend Silver Hawks began the season cold and have heated up with the weather. They went 13-4 in their last 17 games through June 3rd. The offense has been led by Yazy Arbelo, the best hitter in the Midwest League this year, and Zach Walters, arguably the league MVP due to his well-rounded offense and versatile infield defense. The pitching has been more of a collective effort, with the majority of the roster sporting sub-4.00 earned run averages.
Of course, the major league team has been every bit as hot as the Hawks have. Josh Collmenter has been a huge part of that success, first by solidifying a bullpen that was inconsistent outside of their closer early in the year, then by replacing the ineffective Armando Galarraga in the starting rotation. If you were to remove Collmenter's rough start in the pitcher's nightmare known as Coors Field, he would be 4-0 with a 0.92 ERA in 39 major league innings.
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=AA Mobile, SL=Southern League; PCL= Pacific Coast League
SB=Low-A South Bend, MWL=Midwest League; Vis=Hi-A Visalia, CL=California League
Stats are accurate through games of Friday, June 3. A yellow highlight indicates a recent promotion.
|1||1||1B||Paul Goldschmidt||Mob||.342 with 19 HR and 53 RBI in 55 games|
|2||3||P||Josh Collmenter||Az||4-1 with an absurd 1.25 ERA in 43.1 big league innings|
|3||2||OF||Collin Cowgill||Reno||Batting .415 in last 10 games; 10 HR and 16 SB is best power/speed combo in PCL|
|4||4||SP||Wes Roemer||Mob||1.05 WHIP ranks 4th in SL|
|5||12||OF||Adam Eaton||Vis||Batting .420 in 23 games since DL stint; Leads CL with .495 OBP|
|6||9||1B||Yazy Arbelo||SB||Leads MWL with 14 HR, 43 RBI, .596 SLG, and .988 OPS|
|7||NR||SP||Tyler Skaggs||Vis||Went 4-1 with a 2.25 ERA in May; easily leads CL with 81 strikeouts|
|8||8||INF||Zach Walters||SB||Switch-hitter is batting .357 vs RHP; 16 hits in his last seven games|
|9||11||RP||Joe Paterson||Az||Only one earned run in 24 big league appearances (0.66 ERA)|
|10||10||SS||Taylor Harbin||Mob||Been very consistent; .324 AVG and .392 OBP for the year|
|11||NR||3B||Matt Davidson||Vis||Batting .315 with 7 HR and 38 RBI since the end of April|
|12||19||3B||Bobby Borchering||Vis||Batting .323 and slugging .528 since the end of April|
|13||NRR||SP||David Holmberg||SB||5-0 with a 2.00 ERA over his last six starts|
|14||NR||SS||Chris Owings||Vis||Has a 13-game hitting streak and a .442 BA over his last 10 games|
|15||NR||3B||Ryan Wheeler||Mob||Batting .406 with 3 HR in his last 10 games|
|16||17||OF||A.J. Pollock||Mob||Leads SL with 74 hits; Last 10 games: .368 BA, 7 BB, 6 XBH, 11 R, 10 RBI|
|17||NR||SP||Patrick Corbin||Mob||Has thrown 20 straight scoreless innings|
|18||14||RP||Bryan Shaw||Reno||A 0.96 ERA this year if you exclude one horrific outing in Reno|
|19||NR||P||Tom Layne||Reno||5-0 ,2.23 ERA last 10 games and 4-0, 3.35 ERA in four starts|
|20||NR||RP||Bryan Woodall||Mob||Has allowed just one ER since April (0.38 ERA)|
|21||15||2B||Jake Elmore||Mob||.304 AVG, but just a .717 OPS|
|22||7||C||Konrad Schmidt||Reno||Mini-slump has brought his average down to .301, but 2 HR in his last nine games|
|23||NR||RP||Jeremy Erben||SB||2-0, 3 SV, 18 K, and a 0.63 ERA in his past 10 games|
|24||NR||RP||Blake Cooper||SB||Six saves and a 1.46 ERA in his past 10 games|
|25||NR||SP||Patrick Schuster||SB||No earned runs allowed in his past two starts|
|26||13||P||Tyler Green||SB||5.87 ERA in two appearances since coming off the DL|
|27||16||3B||Kyle Greene||Reno||Promoted first to AA, then AAA; .769 OPS across three levels|
|28||NR||P||Daniel Taylor||SB||31 K, 6 BB, and 0.74 ERA in 12 relief appearances|
|29||19||RP||Taylor Sinclair||Vis||Control issues in brief promotion to AA; back to dominating the Cal League|
|30||NR||OF||Ender Inciarte||SB||Batting .389 with seven steals over his last 10 games|
INF Mark Hallberg (5) has slugged .269 since his promotion to Reno
C Rossmel Perez (6) hit .355 in April and .220 since
RP Keith Cantwell (South Bend) has a 2.31 ERA over seven appearances since joining the Hawks out of extended spring training.
2B Mike Freeman (South Bend) has 12 hits, six walks, and just one strikeout in his current seven-game hitting streak.
2B David Nick (Visalia) is batting .378 with two homers over his past 10 games.
Util Raoul Torrez (Visalia) has played second base, third base, shortstop, and left field this year, and has three homers in his last 10 games
OF Evan Frey (Reno) is 9-for-his-last-24. He went .173/.271/.200
with Mobile, but is .293/.404/.390 with Reno.
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