Rockies Prospect Power Rankings v.1

Here is the first installment of Rockies Prospect Power Rankings. In this, we look at the top-25 performers for the Rockies farm system this season. This is not a ranking of the best prospects in the system, but rather who is performing the best right now.

Rank Name Team Comments PREV
1 Christian Friedrich ASH Friedrich has been untouchable this season, and has been one of the better pitchers in the South Atlantic League.  His 0.53 earned run average is tops in the system, and he has 25 strikeouts in only 17.0 IP. NR
2 James Cesario ASH Cesario has been on fire for the Tourists, batting well over .400 through the first couple of weeks of the season.  He has scored nearly a run per game, and is tied for third in steals. NR
3 Matt Murton COL Murton has been the hottest hitter on the Colorado Springs roster in 2009, and could be with the Rockies very soon.  His four home runs are tied for first in the system, and his 19 RBI are second. NR
4 Bruce Billings MOD Billings has been the top arm for the Nuts this season, and the young right-hander continues to get better.  He has struck out better than a batter per inning, and his ERA is only 1.17. NR
5 Jordan Pacheco ASH Pacheco and Cesario are all over the Sally League rankings, as Cesario is nearly batting .400 himself.  He is tied for first in the system in home runs, and is third in runs batted in. NR
6 Alan Johnson COL Talk about a guy being on the cusp of the Major Leagues.  Johnson is a perfect 3-0 this season for the Sky Sox, and has an earned run average under 2.00. NR
7 Kenny Perez COL Perez has been a nice surprise for the Sky Sox in 2009, and is the fourth best batter in the system so far.  He has average better than a hit per game in 2009, and is hitting .370. NR
8 Brandon Durden MOD Durden has been great for Modesto in 2009, and has really mixed his pitches well.  With a 2.12 earned run average, Durden has teamed with Billings to form one of the better 1-2 punches in the California League. NR
9 Jeff Kindel TUL Kindel is the top hitter on the Drillers roster this season, batting .350 through his first 18 games.  He has 11 runs, 11 runs batted in, and has smacked two home runs. NR
10 Carlos Gonzalez COL Gonzalez has lived up to his top prospect billing in 2009, leading the organization with 22 runs batted in through his first 18 games.  That includes a six-RBI outburst against Reno on April 22. NR
11 Keith Weiser TUL Weiser has made some headlines in 2009, as he has gotten off to a fast start.  He has struck out nearly a batter per inning, whiffing 22 in 23.0 innings, and has a nice 2.74 earned run average. NR
12 Daniel Ortmeier COL Ortmeier has been stellar for Colorado Springs thus far in 2009, as he is one of the top hitters in the system.  He is batting .333 on the young campaign, and his 15 runs batted in are fourth in the organization. NR
13 Craig Baker MOD Baker has been the top closer in the system through the first couple of weeks, as he has notched eight saves in nine appearances.  He has posted a 1.00 earned run average in that stretch. NR
14 David Christensen ASH Christensen has hit his stride as of late, driving in runs in bunches.  He is hitting .346 through his last ten games, and is starting to look like a top prospect. NR
15 Kenneth Durst MOD Durst has had a nice start to the 2009 season, as he is currently fifth in the system in earned run average.  In 20.0 innings, he has struck out 13, and has a 2.70 ERA. NR
16 Eric Young COL Young is getting very close to a call-up, as he is dominating in AAA in 2009.  He leads the organization with 12 stolen bases, and is currently batting over .300 on the young season. NR
17 Scott Robinson ASH Robinson has hit the ball often in 2009, leading to a very high batting average.  He has also been a terror on the basepaths, swiping ten bases already this season. NR
18 Austin Chambliss MOD Chambliss has been sharp early on for the Modesto Nuts, posting an earned run average under 3.00.  He has worked on his command, and looks very comfortable on the bump. NR
19 Daniel Mayora TUL Mayora has been steady for the Drillers to start the 2009 season, and his .340 batting average shows that he has a lot of confidence at the dish so far.  He has also hit two home runs. NR
20 Matt Miller COL Miller is once again stroking the ball this season, as he continues to show he can hit at the higher levels of Minor League Baseball.  He is batting .338 for Colorado Springs. NR
21 Charles Blackmon MOD Blackmon is one of the better prospects in the Rockies organization, and he is showing why in 2009.  He is batting over .300 in the early going, and his six stolen bases are third in the system. NR
22 Jhoulys Chacin TUL Chacin has struggled at times in 2009, but he is still have a decent season.  Had it not been for one bad start, his statistics would be much better. NR
23 Mike McCoy COL McCoy is currently hitting at a high clip for the Sky Sox, batting .333 so far in 2009.  He has been a sparkplug for the team in the early going, and has really raised eyebrows early on. NR
24 Chris Nelson TUL Nelson has not had a great start to his 2009 season, but he has shown flashes of brilliance at times.  He has three home runs already this year, and four stolen bases. NR
25 Jason Hirsh COL Hirsh has been a steady arm for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, and they are hoping he stays consistent this season.  He is ninth in the organization in ERA, and tied for first in wins. NR

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