Power Rankings IV

Could Upton have already make the list?

There was a shake up in the Power Rankings this week, as Conor Jackson finally dropped out of the top spot. Six of the top 10 are in 'A' ball, and there were also four new arrivals in this weeks rankings. Is it possible that Stephen Drew (signed less than a week ago), and Justin Upton (not even drafted yet), could make the Top 30?

Note:  Stats current through Saturday June 4, 2005.  This list is not about who are the better players or prospects, but rather who is doing the best and making the most of their opportunities.  Players with Major League service time that are not considered prospects are not eligible for the Prospect Power Rankings.

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Team

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Last Week's Rank

1

Miguel Montero

Lan

Bumps Jackson from the top spot with an 8-24, three homer, eight RBI week.  Scored eight runs too.  Currently sits second in the Minors in RBI, fourth in total bases, and second among all minor league catchers with his .354 batting average.  Has scored at least one run in 11 straight games.

2

2

Conor Jackson

Tuc

Most players would kill for a week where they hit two homers and drove in six, but Jackson was just 7-30 at the plate, dropping him into 7th in the minors in batting average.

1

3

Enrique Gonzalez

Tenn

Went six innings in his only start this week.  Picked up the win allowing only three runs on five hits.  Hasn't walked more than three all year and hasn't given up a homer in his last six starts.

3

4

A. J. Shappi

SB

Two starts, two wins, 14 innings pitched.  Gave up his first home run in seven starts, more than 43 innings pitched.  Tied for first in the minors with nine wins and continues to lead the minors in innings pitched (82.0).

6

5

Augie Murillo

SB

Goes 8-29 with a homer, three doubles and six RBI.  Rumors swirling that he'll be promoted shortly after the draft.

5

6

Dan Uggla

Tenn

Just a professional hitter.  Goes 12-27, doesn't have a homer, but drives in nine and scores five times anyway, tied for fourth in RBI in the minors with 47 and plays everywhere.

9

7

Chris Carter

Lan

Just 5-26 last week but hit two more homers and drove in five more JetHawks.  Tied with Uggla for fourth in RBI at 47.

4

8

Carlos Gonzales

SB

Jumps six spots on the list after going 11-30 with five runs scored, 10 RBI and three home runs, struck out only once during that power surge.

14

9

Edgar Gonzalez

Tuc

Two starts, 14 innings pitched 10 Ks, only one walk.  Has won his last four decisions and snuck into the top 10 in innings pitched in the minors.  Finally developing into the workhorse the D'Backs thought he would be.

10

10

Garrett Mock

Lan

Like Edgar Gonzalez has two starts and 14 innings pitched.  Nine strikeouts against only one walk, hasn't allowed a home run in four starts but unable to get any higher because although he's seventh in the minors in innings pitched (76.1) he's also third in hits allowed (87).

13

11

Josh Perrault

SB

Gave up two earned runs in only 4.2 innings pitched (three appearances), still carries a stingy 1.30 ERA and still hasn't allowed a homer all season (27.2 innings), shaping up to a great middle relief prospect.

11

12

Allen Mottram

SB

Only had eight hits in 30 at bats this week, but seven were for extra bases including three home runs.  All three were solo shots, but the power is evident, now Top 15 in the minors in slugging percentage.

17

13

Brandon Medders

Tuc

Three appearances, three innings pitched, zero runs, one hit, five strikeouts.  Would have been flying up the list, but the D'Backs additions of Matt Herges and Claudio Vargas show that at least they don't think Medders is the answer yet.

15

14

Andy Green

Tuc

A down week, just 8-26 with two runs scored, but has us more worried by going all week without a walk and striking out five times.  Still among the minor league leaders in hits, triples, and runs scored, and third among minor league second baseman in batting average (.376).

12

15

Jeff Cook

Lan

Has hit in 20 of his last 21 games, currently on an 11 game hit streak, 11-28 this week and not just slapping the ball around either.  Two homers, five batted in and six runs scored.  Since the trade of Jon Kaplan has absolutely come alive.

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16

Jesus Cota

Tenn

Cota went just 4-21 with two runs and zero extra base hits, but stays at #16 as he was coming off an injury and was 2-4 with two runs scored on Saturday.

16

17

Carlos Quentin

Tuc

Rumors that his back is bothering him again have the D'Backs scared, and his numbers this week give them more of a reason to worry.  Just 1-26 with three runs scored and not a single RBI.  Things get worse, just one walk against four Ks and his batting average dips below .300 for the first time all year.

7

18

Ross Ohlendorf

SB

Five rusty innings in his first start since getting back from graduation.  Gave up two earned but walked three and has two wild pitches.  Anxious to see his next outing.

18

19

Noochie Varner

Tenn

The playing time diminished and so did the returns for Varner, who was just 4-15 with one double, one run scored and one RBI.  Did draw six walks, making his On-Base Percentage stellar and keeping him at #19; caught stealing for the first time this season (14 attempts).

19

20

Casey Daigle

Tenn

Only two appearances, 2.1 innings pitched, notched his second save of the season.  Why the big jump?  Because he's got Major League experience, and has made 14 straight appearances out of the pen in Tennessee without giving up a run.

30

21

Adam Bass

Tenn

Falling and fast, has lost his last three starts and given up 25 hits and 13 runs during that run (18 innings).  Not nearly as bad as his 1-6 record.

8

22

Wilkin Castillo

SB

Scored a run in six straight games, was 8-21 this week with two doubles and three RBI.

22

23

Erik Schindewolf

Lan

Cooled off, just 5-26 this week but continues to show incredible patience at the plate; drew four walks without striking out and had a homer this week.

20

24

Scott Hairston

Tuc

Is he still classified as a prospect?  Talk amongst yourselves, is he on fire, we'll tell you.  He had 11 hits in 32 trips to the plate, included were two doubles, a triple, and five homers that helped accrue nine RBI, played second base in the second game of a double header but spending most of his time in center field.

NR

25

Edgar Varela

Lan

The debuts this week are strong across the board, and the Lancaster third baseman has a nine game hit streak.  Even more impressive is that he's had more than one hit in six of those nine.  Was 11-24 this week with six runs scored and six RBI.  Has at least one RBI in five straight games and hit two homers this week as well.

NR

26

Sergio Santos

Tuc

Continues to slowly come back to form especially in the power departments, going 8-26 this week with five runs scored, two triples, two homers.  Walked only once and struck out 11 times; feast or famine.

29

27

Jay Garthwaite

Lan

Steady, not overwhelming week for the outfielder.  Four doubles and seven RBI are nice, 7-26 isn't bad, most impressed by five walks against four strikeouts.

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28

Adam Haley

Tenn

Another stellar debut, going 11-23 on his current tear with five runs scored and five RBI.  Collected a homer and a double.

NR

29

Javier Brito

SB

Was 7-29 with a double, homer and five RBI, but the double, homer, and five RBI were all in the same game, not exactly a good week, more like an insane day.

27

30

Derek Bruce

Lan

An odd week for the infielder.  He started by tying a Cal League record by hitting in 10 straight at bats, then didn't play for four games, and now faces even less playing time with the arrival of Stephen Drew.

NR

On the Cusp:

Jarred Ball:  Was 7-25 with seven runs scored and four stolen bases.  Had started getting playing time in center field even when Marland Williams is playing, proving the Diamondbacks love his speed and defense.

Jon Castellanos:  Is 3-0 on the year, pitched 6.2 innings of three hit, shutout ball in his last start.  Has given up more than three earned in only two of his 11 starts, but can't get the bullpen backup and runs to get the wins.

Stephen Drew:  Has been on the cusp since draft day, in extended spring right now, could report to Lancaster as soon as Wednesday, an entire organization let out a collective sigh of relief when he signed, now they're holding their breath again as they wait to see just how good he really is.

Justin Upton:  The top high school position player, perhaps the top position player period, multiple reports say he'll be the Diamondback's #1 overall choice, five tools, a star in the making, and NOT represented by Scott Boras.

Falling out:

Steve Garrabrants:  Still on the DL, looking to get healthy, and hoping there's still a spot for the middle infielder once Drew arrives (also looking mighty smart for working in the outfield this season).

Mark Freed:  Started strong in the pen, started very strong once he moved into the rotation, has given up four homers in his last three starts, had a 10 hit, five earned run, two homer stint that lasted only 5.0 innings his last time out.

Reuben Kerbs:  Oh, the up and down world of the lefty specialist.  Poor guy gives up one lone solitary run and drops off the Power Rankings.

Marland Williams:  Snuck on because of his 21 steals without getting caught last week.  Drops off after going 1-20 with nine strikeouts and losing playing time to Jarred Ball in center.  Lead off hitter didn't score a run all week.

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