Note: Stats are current through Friday June 30, 2006.
This list is not a ranking of the 30 top prospects, but instead of the 30
hottest players in the organization, the ones making the most of their opportunities.
Players with a significant amount of Major League Service time are usually not
eligible, though in certain situations (change of position, change of role,
exceptions may be made. Agree? Disagree? Bored? Email
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||Smith returns to the top spot after another stellar
start in Double-A. Allows six hits and two earned in six innings,
picking up yet another win. In three Double-A starts he's now 2-1
and allowed just one homer in 17 innings pitched.
||There was much argument about moving Gonzalez, who
played only two games this week because of the California/Carolina
League All Star Game, this far up the list. Ultimately the
combination of a FuturesGame invite, a 4-9 week that included a double
and two RBI, and a 50 point bump in his average this June run him all
the way to #2.
||And those that were arguing against Gonzalez kept
shoving these number to the fore: 11-23, two doubles, two homers,
five runs scored, and six RBI. That was Carter's week, as Carter
who struggled to start the year, going .280/4/17 through April and May
combined, but in June exploding to a .337/9/35 month.
||Finally, Owings proves he's human. He allows 10
hits and five earned runs, which drops him to #4 on the FBPR, despite
the fact that he has gone at least six innings in all four Triple-A
starts, and, oh yeah, he's still won every start he's made at Triple-A,
now 4-0 in Tucson.
||Though you can question Gonzalez moving all the way
up to #2, Callaspo has to be the guy who got cheated most this week.
Despite going 9-22 with a double, RBI, four runs scored and a stolen
base, he still drops a spot because of the insane Carter and Gonzo.
||The lefty continues to prove this time he belongs,
going 1-0 in a 6.2 innings start, allowing just four hits and one earned
run. In seven Double-A starts Chico has yet to allow more than
three earned runs, and has allowed one earned four times.
||Three appearances, two saves, two hits, and just one
earned run, but that one blemish is enough to drop him two spots.
Unfair? Sure, that was the only earned run he allowed in all of
June (13 appearances).
||Seven feet tall, and towering over the Midwest
League. This week two more scoreless, hitless appearances,
striking out three without a walk. After a tough April Doherty
allowed just one earned in May (eight appearances), and just one in June
(seven appearances), and has 46 strikeouts in 35 innings pitched this
||As trade rumors continue to swirl around the entire
Tucson (and former Tucson) outfield Quentin continues to produce results
even when the hits aren't there. Though he collects only six hits
in 22 at bats this week, he scores seven runs thanks to four walks, a
pair of doubles, and a homer. Pulled off a .326 average in June.
||Despite first having Owings, and now Greg Smith,
getting all the headlines, Ohlendorf continues to be the steady center.
this week he wins his only start, going seven shutout innings allowing
just four hits. He's allowed two earned or less in six of his last
||While Gonzalez parlayed his short week into a big
jump, Reynolds took a 2-8, three strikeout week and dropped all the way
out of the Top 10, though a return to his utility power ways will
certainly jump him right back in.
||One appearance, one inning, one walk, one strikeout,
one save. Since allowing an earned run in each of his first two
appearances, Newby has rolled off seven straight appearances (12.2 IP)
without allowing a run.
||Rahl was the only member of the JetHawks to actually
play in the Hi-A All Star Game this week, but even with his 1-4, double,
and RBI in the All Star Game he was only 2-9 with two doubles and two
||The up and down D'Antona was definitely up this past
week. He's riding a 12 game hit streak, and this week was an
amazing 12-24 with four doubles, a homer, two RBI and four runs scored.
The only problem is that while the average is up, the production is
down, despite hitting just .266 in May, he had 24 RBI and 21 walks, in
June he hit .312, but drove in just 7 and walked only six times.
||One appearance, 2.2 innings, just one hit, but
unfortunately that was a dinger. Still, he's 7-0 with a 2.41 ERA
and a .219 average against this season. Even better, he's 3-0 with
a 1.69 ERA as a starter, and 4-0 with a 2.88 ERA as a reliever.
||Three appearances, two saves, two hits, but he drops
because of three runs allowed, even though only one was earned.
Still the best lefty (pure) reliever in the system.
||The hot hitting continues with a 9-30 week that
included a double, RBI, and three runs scored. Hitting .372 this
June, but will have to work on patience, zero walks with five strikeouts
||Two appearances, 2.2 innings, two hits and one save.
Three walks, four strikeouts and a .154 average against in the 9th
inning, continues to impress no matter where they bring him out of the
||White hot start, prolonged slump, and now suddenly
he's back on fire, riding a nine game hit streak and going 13-31 with
two doubles, a triple, a homer, three RBI and five runs scored.
And this is not a short term thing, he's hit in 19 of his last 20.
||Something must be in the water in Tennessee, because
despite never getting any run support, Jackson is turning a lot of
heads. Two starts this week, including a complete game, three hit
shutout that featured zero walks and a season high eight strikeouts.
||Two more appearances, a win, and his longest outing
of the season, four innings of perfect work, striking out three.
His .169 average against this season is stellar, and in June he had one
win, one loss, and one save with a 1.38 ERA with a .070 average against.
||Another JetHawk with a short week, but his week was a
good one, going 4-8 with a double, run, and RBI, carrying on his seven
game hit streak.
||The big right hander had two starts, won one, and
pulled a no decision on the other after allowing just seven hits and one
run in 16 innings. In his last four starts (27 innings) he has
allowed just four earned runs, and walked five while striking out 20.
||Fie started hot and though he's cooled some, he's
certainly not cold, hitting in nine of his first 11 pro games.
This week he goes 6-27, scoring three runs after two doubles and four
walks, but he did strike out 10 times. Not unusual for a
youngster, but something that will have to be addressed.
||One start, a no decision, six innings, and five hits.
His three runs was solid, and a nice bounce back start after his last
(seven earned), his numbers at Tucson continue to improve on the numbers
||The best week of the system comes from the ever
improving Hammock. The catcher, who is gaining strength and
durability by the week following shoulder surgery, was 9-21 with a
double, five home runs, eight RBI and seven runs scored. While the
week was dominant, the month wasn't, more than half his homers and runs
scored, and nearly half his RBI came this week.
||Two appearances, four innings pitched, two hits, one
earned run. Not dominating as he was earlier in the season, but
solid and throwing strikes. Despite five strikeouts he didn't walk
a single batter this week.
||A 19 year old lefty with a strong arm and developing
power, Parra made his first mark this week with an 8-28 week that
included three runs, three stolen bases in three tries, and nine RBI
without a single extra base hit.
||A whole week of center field for Gil, and a whole
week of not hitting. Just 2-18 with a double, a run, and a single
RBI. Two walks, five strikeouts and a batting average spiraling
downward from May, where he ht .297, and June, where he hit .225
||After hitting .340 in April, .279 in May, he's now
hitting .224 in June. This week he hit his only homer of the
month, one of just six hits in 31 at bats. In June Drew grounded
into more double plays than he had homers in May and June combined.
On the Cusp:
Cyle Hankerd (Yakima): The USC grad and third round pick of the D'Backs
this year, Hankerd gets off to a hot start, going 11-27 with three doubles, a
RBI and four runs scored. Shows a decent eye as well, drawing two walks on
Alberto Gonzalez (Tennessee): The best defensive shortstop in the
entire system has started hitting the ball as well. He goes 9-20 this week
with a homer, four runs and four RBI, drawing three walks as well. Each
month he's gotten more comfortable, after skipping Hi-A and going straight from
South Bend (last year) to Tennessee. In April he hit just .156, May was
good for .266, and June was .296.
Will Crouch (South Bend): Though he had just 22 hits in the entire
month, 10 of those came this week alone, in just 22 at bats. A pair of
doubles, a homer, two RBI and six runs scored, along with four walks put him
right on the edge of the FBPR.
Phil Avlas (Tennessee): Playing both corner outfield slots, as well a
catcher, Avlas is relishing the opportunity to get consistent at bats. He
goes 8-17 with two doubles, a homer, two RBI, and four runs scored. He's
extended his hitting streak to nine games, stolen a base, and drew a walk.
Matt Oxendine (Missoula): After the hot start he is just 4-25 this
week, with a double, two RBI and four runs scored. Though he did steal two
bases lots of hot weeks drop him off after just one.
Anthony Cupps (South Bend): One start, seven innings, six hits and five
runs (four earned). He takes the loss, his first of the month, and despite
a .235 average against this month still slips off the list.
Jeff Bajenaru (Tucson): Two appearances, four innings pitched, one hit,
one earned run, but Bajenaru lost his closer's job in Tucson, has been passed
over several times for promotions to the big league club and walked three more
this week in the four innings he pitched, bringing the total to 12 walks in 18.1
innings. Not what you're looking for out of a late inning reliever.
Jesus Cota (Tennessee): This prospect, who is likely mid way through
his last chance in the organization, was going to have to stay hot to stay on
the list, but after just a 4-22 week with a double, RBI and two runs.
Though his .304/2/11 June was solid, as a first baseman Cota's going to have to
show power to stick around.
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