Rockies Prospect Power Rankings v.2

Here is the second 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 stays on top this time, as the young left-hander continues to dominate in Asheville.  He leads the system in earned run average, and has struck out 51 batters in 34.0 innings. 1
2 Jordan Pacheco ASH Pacheco leads the Rockies organization in batting average, and has really opened eyes in Asheville.  He is tied for the system lead in home runs, and is third in runs batted in. 5
3 Carlos Gonzalez COL Gonzalez could be ready for the Rockies starting lineup very soon, as he continues to drive in runs in bunches.  He has pushed his average to .336, and leads the system with 38 runs batted in. 10
4 Bruce Billings MOD Billings has been a beast for Modesto in 2009, and is putting together a great season.  He is fourth in the system in earned run average, and his 33 strikeouts are tied for second. 4
5 James Cesario ASH Another Asheville Tourist who is tearing up the South Atlantic League, Cesario is second in the system behind teammate Pacheco in batting average.  He has already scored 22 times this season. 2
6 Craig Baker MOD Baker may be the top closing prospect in the Rockies organization, and already has notched 11 saves in 2009.  He was hit hard a couple of times last week, but is still having a great year. 13
7 Jeff Kindel TUL Kindel can drive in runs in bunches, and is hitting for a high average in 2009.  The slugger is fifth in the system in batting average, and already has 30 hits. 9
8 Alan Johnson COL Johnson is a perfect 4-0 this season, though he has faltered a bit lately.  His earned run average has jumped a bit, but the Sky Sox love trotting him out every fifth day. 6
9 Ethan Hollingsworth ASH Hollingsworth is second only behind his teammate Friedrich in earned run average, and he has been dominant in his own right in 2009.  He has posted a 2.33 ERA this season, and has walked only two. NR
10 Mike McCoy COL McCoy continues to tear the cover off the ball in the Pacific Coast League, and has picked up the slack since Matt Murton was promoted to Colorado.  He is third in the system with a .341 batting average, and has scored 24 times. 23
11 Cole Garner TUL Garner is an electric prospect, and is starting to hit the ball well in the Texas League.  He has cracked the top-ten in batting average for the season, and has smacked three home runs. NR
12 Austin Chambliss TUL Chambliss has been the top starter for the Tulsa Drillers thus far in 2009, which is saying a lot considering they have a top prospect in the rotation.  He is third in the system in earned run average. 18
13 Jhoulys Chacin TUL Chacin has battled some control issues early on, and is now pitching at a high level for the Drillers.  Once he gets hot, the Texas League is in some big trouble. 22
14 Daniel Ortmeier COL Ortmeier continues to rake for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, and has his batting average at .330 for the season.  He has 20 runs batted in, and has scored 14 times. 12
15 Scott Robinson ASH Robinson is one of three Asheville Tourists who are batting over .320 for the season, and he is currently second in the system in stolen bases. 17
16 Dan Houston ASH Houston gives the Asheville Tourists three of the top starters in the South Atlantic League, and he has pitched very well lately.  His ERA is good enough for fifth in the system. NR
17 Joey Williamson MOD Williamson has stepped up for the Modesto Nuts, and has teamed with Bruce Billings to form a sick 1-2 punch in the rotation.  He is tied for the system lead in wins, and has struck out nearly a batter per inning. NR
18 Mike Paulk TUL Paulk is batting over .300 for the season, and he has been consistent through his last ten games.  Though his power numbers are down, Paulk continues to be a threat in the Drillers lineup. NR
19 Eric Young COL It may be times for Young to get the call to the Major Leagues, as he is ready to play two-bagger in the Show.  Young leads the system in stolen bases. 16
20 Andrew Johnston TUL Johnston is breathing down Baker's neck for the system lead in saves, as he has gotten comfortable in the closer role for Tulsa.  He has an earned run average under 2.00 in his last ten appearances. NR
21 Kenny Perez COL Perez has been a very key addition to the Sky Sox lineup in 2009, and continues to hit at a high clip for the team.  He has struggled lately, batting under .250 in his last ten games. 7
22 Esmil Rogers TUL Rogers has been a big strikeout pitcher in 2009, and is currently tied with Billings for second in the system in Ks.  He tossed six shutout innings in his last outing. NR
23 Brandon Durden MOD Durden has been stellar for the Nuts all season long, and now that Dan Houston has found his groove, they have three top starters.  He is currently seventh in the system in ERA. 8
24 Matt Miller COL Miller has batted .279 through his last ten games, but he continues to be an RBI machine.  The slugger is second in the system in the RBI, and is batting over .300. 20
25 Keith Weiser TUL In two of his last four starts, Weiser has been torched, but Drillers fans are not worried.  He is a top starter in the system, and is still fourth in strikeouts. 11

Dropped out: Matt Murton (3), David Christensen (14), Kenneth Durst (15),

Daniel Mayora (19), Charles Blackmon (21), Chris Nelson (24),

Jason Hirsh (25)

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