Hot Prospect Rankings - 5/5/06

It's been an odd week in the farm, with the offensive powerhouses in Connecticut mostly cooling off and some of the early pitching studs getting hit around...but there are a few guys playing well and moving up fast.

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Name (Previous Rank)
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1 Nick Pereira (4) One of the Giants organizational players of the month in April, Pereira leads Cal League starters with a 4-0 record and 0.90 ERA. That's enough for the top spot.
2 Pat Misch (5) Like Pereira, Misch has been dominant in the Eastern League, with a 0.90 ERA. It's a thin line of peripheral numbers that makes Misch 2.
3 Fred Lewis (11) So much for hamstring worries. Lewis turned it on this week, and now batting .371 with 3 home runs, may be earning a callup soon.
4 Jonathan Sanchez (7) Well, the relief experiement is sticking so far, and he's gotten better, lowering his ERA down to 1.71 after a poor first relief outing, and having an outing last week where he faced 4 batters and struck them all out.
5 Chris Begg (6) Begg has only a 3-2 record with a 2.08 ERA, but he's still a big part of Connecticut's strong rotation.
6 Dan Griffin (3) Griffin's short outings are starting to become a concern, but he's still doing strongly, with a 3.33 ERA
7 Eddy Martinez-Esteve (2) EME takes a fall as he cools off offensively, with his average down to .282. He still has 9 doubles and 2 home runs.
8 Nate Schierholtz (9) Schierholtz, meanwhile, is starting to heat back up, getting a few doubles, a triple, and a team high .291 average
9 Merkin Valdez (10) Valdez is starting to settle in as closer, with a 2.84 ERA and 3 saves on the year.
10 Brian Horwitz (12) Horwitz is batting a low .344, but he's still one of the most consistent hitters out there, and with 2 home runs, he might be increasing his power.
11 Adam Shabala (14) It's getting harder and harder to ignore Shabala, who now playing third in Fresno, remains the Grizzlies most consistent offensive weapon
12 Garrett Broshuis (13) Once more, the Connecticut pitching staff gets a name here, with Broshuis' 2.22 ERA and superb control earning him a spot.
13 Joseph Martinez (8) Martinez's ERA has been rising lately, up to 3.25, but he is still going to give you a good outing every time he's out there.
14 Anthony Contreras (NR) Kevin Frandsen's former SJSU teammate makes his list debut, as he is playing hot baseball in Augusta.
15 Michael Mooney (NR) Mooney started off the season slow, but he's beginning to show he is the premier power threat for the GreenJackets.



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