Power Rankings VI

Is Conor back at #1?

In FutureBacks.com's weekly power rankings we take the 30 hottest players in the D'Backs system, rank them, and give you the inside dirt on what is rocketing these particular guys up the charts...and as long as Miguel Montero and Conor Jackson continue to rake at record clips, it's making this list easier and easier.

Note:  Stats current through Saturday June 18, 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.

Rank

Name

Team

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Last Week's Rank

1

Miguel Montero

Lan

Just amazing in the first half.  This week, 10-32 with seven runs scored, two doubles, three homers and 10 RBI.  Leads the California League in almost everything, 2nd in all of minor league ball in RBI with 70.

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2

Conor Jackson

Tuc

Leads the minors in batting average (.381) and goes 11-29 with six runs and six doubles.  Turned on the after burners to leg out a triple this week, and that kind of effort almost bumped him to the #1 slot.  Five more RBI brings him to 53, tied for fifth in the PCL.

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3

Carlos Gonzales

SB

Gonzales' 16 game hit streak was finally snapped Saturday night, but he still rolled off an 11-29 week that featured a double, four runs and four RBI.  Even walked (5) more than he struck out (4) which could be part of the reason he's hitting .432 in June and .409 with runners in scoring position.

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4

A. J. Shappi

SB

A 'tough' week for Shappi, who goes seven (big surprise) but gives up eight hits and five runs (four earned).  Drops a spot but no more, in his last three starts Shappi has gone 21.2 innings, giving up a total of seven earned runs, walking zero and striking out 18.

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5

Enrique Gonzalez

Tenn

Two starts, just 11 innings pitched with 10 hits and four earned runs, but those stats equal two wins.  Is starting to learned when to 'turn it on,' opponents are hitting just .206 with RISP and two outs, striking out 23 times in 74 chances.

6

6

Augie Murillo

SB

Eleven hits in 30 at bats this week, seven runs scored and eight RBI.  Hitting .365 with RISP, .357 with RISP and two out, and .405 with runners on base.  Just a production machine.

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7

Dan Uggla

Tenn

How fair can it possibly be when you hit .500 (11-22) in a week and only move up one spot?  His .410 batting average in June is spectacular, but baseball insiders will tell you that the fact he can hit .313 when playing third base, .366 at shortstop, and .392 at second base is even more impressive.

8

8

Chris Carter

Lan

A 'tough' week that many players would kill for.  Goes 9-27 with a double, homer, three runs and five batted in.  Shows how good those ahead of him were.

5

9

Garrett Mock

Lan

One start, 7.1 innings, nine hits, three earned, no walks, two strikeouts, got the win.  Has won his last three starts, but still allows too many hits (103 on the year, second most allowed in the minors).

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10

Brandon Medders

Tuc

Just getting better.  Two more appearances, one save, zero base runners in two innings pitched.  Now has ten straight appearances without an earned run and carries a 1.80 ERA.

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11

Jeff Cook

Lan

A current six game streak, goes 7-15 overall this week with two runs, two doubles, a homer (accounting for his lone RBI).  Knows how to get things started, his hitting .436 when leading off an inning.

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12

Casey Daigle

Tenn

How's this week.  Five appearances, four saves, and one win.  Daigle is dominating the Southern League, and hasn't allowed an earned run in the eighth or ninth inning all season.

13

13

Allen Mottram

SB

When you hit .333 (10-30) during a week you usually don't lose a place, but just three RBI, and more to the point, a .204 average with RISP, and a .167 average with RISP and two out, bumped him.

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14

Carlos Quentin

Tuc

Going 7-24 might not raise that many eyebrows, but when more than half your hits are for extra bases (three homers and a double), and you drive in eight RBI we notice.  Oddity alert:  seven of Quentin's 10 homers on the season have been solo shots.

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15

Andy Green

Tuc

WOW!  Dropped a couple weeks in a row but bounces back nicely by going 14-28, carrying a seven game hit streak, scoring seven runs, with two doubles, two triples and a homer.  For good measure tacked on eight RBI, and loves doing it in Tucson, he's hitting over .400 at home.

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16

Dustin Nippert

Tenn

Did somebody say surgery?  This kid is on fire throwing a complete game, five hit, shutout.  Walked two and struck out nine in that contest to lower his ERA to 2.20.  Knows how to get it done when the pressure's on, opponents are hitting .143 with RISP.

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17

Jesus Cota

Tenn

Two homers and nine RBI lead the way for Cota's upward swing, and he continues to make contact often, going 10-29 as well.

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18

Matt Elliott

SB

The highest debut was an easy choice, especially the way the D'Backs bullpen has struggled.  South Bend's closer had four appearances, converted three saves, gave up just one hit and no walks in six innings pitched while striking out nine.  Why?  Probably because the games were all at home, Elliot carries a gorgeous 1.43 ERA at home, and a nasty 7.88 ERA on the road.

NR

19

Cesar Nicolas

SB

Hit his second grand slam in as many weeks, and that was just one of two jacks this week, further solidifying that this Vandy grad has a shot to become a dominant power hitting first baseman. 

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20

Edgar Varela

Lan

Did hit a homer, but drove in only two and struck out five times this week in route to a 5-22 showing.  Still, has more RBI in June (14) than he had in April and May combined (11).

16

21

Ross Ohlendorf

SB

Just shelled in his one start this week, giving up 10 earned in 3.2 innings.  Opponents are hitting .299 off him, and his ERA has shot up to 4.90.

14

22

Javier Brito

SB

Zero extra base hits is not good, just four hits in 28 at bats is worse.  Still managing to find ways to be productive, scoring three runs this week and driving in four.

15

23

Erik Schindewolf

Lan

A huge week for the little guy, as Schindewolf goes 7-17 with a double, a triple, two RBI and six runs scored.  Currently running with a six game hit streak.

28

24

Jarred Ball

Tenn

What's not to like?  Ball goes 8-28 with four doubles and three runs scored, knocks in a couple of his own and steals two bases.  Hitting .354 in June.

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25

Tony Pena

Tenn

Before your jaw hits your desk hear us out.  In his last two starts Pena has gone 14.2 innings and given up two earned, walked two and struck out 10.  Sources tell us Pena has finally found the confidence to let the elbow he dinged in Spring Training really let go, and it's showing.

NR

26

Josh Perrault

SB

Has given up runs in his last four consecutive outings, this week in two appearances Perrault went 5.1 innings, giving up four hits and two walks.

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27

Emilio Bonifacio

SB

Debuting and if he continues this way might scurry up the chain as fast as he scurries down to second base.  Riding a current 10 game hit streak Bonifacio was 11-31 with nine runs scored and five walks against only three strikeouts.  Stole four bases this week (caught twice) and curiously only hitting .219 when leading off an inning.

NR

28

Jay Garthwaite

Lan

Two triples help pad his PCL lead in that category.  Goes 6-20, not horrible, until you consider that 10 of the 14 outs he made were via the whiff.

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29

Noochie Varner

Tenn

Also manages only six hits in the week, but three of those go for doubles, three score.  At his best starting things off, the sparkplug is hitting .365 when he leads off.

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30

Sergio Santos

Tuc

Goes 6-23 with three runs scored and two doubles, but stays on the list because of five RBI this week.  Right handed power hitter who's only hitting .116 against left handed pitching?  That's gotta change.

25

On the Cusp:

Mark Reynolds (SB):  Big week, goes 8-24 with a double, triple, two homers and three RBI.  Scored five runs and walked more than he struck out.  Going to have to show it to me consistently though.

Chad Scarberry (Lan):  Two starts, 15 innings pitched, just 14 hits and four earned runs.  Would've made the list if he'd gotten two wins, collected on and ended up on the cusp.  Has allowed more than three runs in just one of his last seven starts.

Justin Upton:  The top high school position player, perhaps the top position player period, became the Diamondback's #1 overall choice, five tools, a star in the making, reportedly very close to signing, will remain 'On the Cusp' until he gives us a reason (not signing, not performing once he's signed, or performing well enough to get on the Top 30) not to put him here.

Falling out:

Stephen Drew (Lan):  Was off to a hot start, going 2-5 with his second home run of the season last Sunday before a hamstring injury landed him on the DL.

Billy Biggs (Lan):  When you're #30, you're a relief pitcher, and you give up a homer and two earned in 2.1 innings during the week it seems likely you'll fall off.  Biggs did.

Wilkin Castillo (SB):  The return of Cesar Nichols combined with the emergence of Javier Brito have cut into Castillo's playing time, he hit under .250 for the week without an extra base hit or an RBI.

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