FutureBacks Power Rankings: 2nd Half - Week 7

FutureBacks Power Rankings: 2nd Half - Week 7

No position is more volatile on our Power Rankings then that of a relief pitcher. You see it all the time: established closers will have a month where they can't get anybody out (Mariano Rivera, April), and no-name middle men can step in and rack off a string of saves (Manny Corpas?). The Diamondbacks have a closer in their system who has been consistent all year, and he's moving up our rankings.

Reid Mahon wasn't installed as the Silver Hawks' primary closer until June.  In fact, entering this season, the Minnesota alum had pretty much flown underneath everyone's radar.  But this big right-hander saved 11 games with the Silver Hawks by limiting his ERA to 1.77.

Promoted to Visalia in July, Mahon has continued to dominate at a higher level.  He was immediately made closer upon his promotion, and has continued to keep his ERA below 2.00.

In other news, two Yakima Bears are batting over .400 this month, and find themselves climbing our list considerably as a result.  Remember, these rankings chronicle the hottest organizational prospects who are making the most of their opportunity, with the heaviest weight placed on the past week of play.

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Note: Stats are accurate through Sunday, August 12th.   

Rank Prev Name Team Comment
1 1 CF Justin Upton Az Who else?
2 6 3B Clayton Conner Yak Batting .419 with 4 homers in August
3 3 1B Chris Carter Tuc Homered in his last two games; 18 on the season
4 8 RF Carlos Gonzalez Mob 12 RBI over his past 8 games
5 2 SP Esmerling Vasquez Mob Got the win in last start despite allowing 4 ER in 5 IP
6 10 RP Reid Mahon Vis Building a strong case for best reliever in the farm system
7 12 SP Yusmeiro Petit Tuc 5 innings of 1-hit ball in return start with Sidewinders
8 19 SP Tony Barnette SB Won 3 of past 4 starts, not allowing more than 2 ER in any of them
9 7 3B Brandon Burgess Vis Power numbers have dipped since behemoth July
10 20 LF Daniel Perales SB Hitting .396 in August with just 6 strikeouts
11 28 OF Mike Mee Yak Batting a ridiculous .440 this month
12 11 OF Peter Clifford Mis Added his 8th homer, but BA is on gentle decline
13 17 SP Hector Ambriz Vis 55 K, 11 BB over last nine starts (2.70 ERA)
14 18 1B Javier Brito Mob Batting .323 with .423 OBP for the season
15 4 SP Cesar Valdez SB 10 ER in last 10 IP despite 11 K and just 1 BB
16 5 OF Aaron Cunningham Mob Hitting just .256 in 43 AA at bats
17 15 OF Jeff Salazar Tuc 6 singles, 5 doubles in last 34 AB
18 21 C Frank Curreri Vis Curreri had a 4-hit game on the 8th; he has hit over .300 every month
19 25 RP William Spottiswood Yak Call him "Spotlesswood" - 1 ER over last 15 IP
20 34 RF Gerardo Parra Vis Promoted to the Oaks, where he is slugging .652
21 13 P Adam Howard Vis 8 H, 5 ER, 4 IP in first relief appearance since June
22 16 RP Clint Goocher Mob One rough outing last week has warped his ERA
23 14 1B Bryan Byrne Vis Big slump is something to worry about (.200, 12 K over last 10 games)
24 - SP Max Scherzer Vis More K than IP in each of his last 4 starts
25 - LF Cyle Hankerd Vis Finally cracks our rankings by hitting .366 so far in August
26 29 SP Brooks Brown Mob Career-high 11 K Sunday after getting creamed in previous start
27 22 2B Taylor Harbin Mis Just 3 RBI since two solo homers on the 2nd
28 - C Ed Easley Yak Easley should remain on this list now that he is healthy
29 - SP Josh Collmenter Yak Won his last four decisions for the Bears
30 30 3B Jaime D'Antona Tuc Usually either scorching or frigid, D'Antona has been average this week
31 - RP Josh Blake Mis August numbers: 10 IP, 11 K, 1 BB, 0.90 ERA
32 35 RP Evan Scribner Mis 19 of last 25 outs he recorded were strikeouts
33 24 SP Matt Green Mob Has allowed 9 hits in both of his August starts
34 9 SS Mark Hallberg Yak Slugging .242 in August after .538 June
35 31 OF Anthony Smith Mis Has settled down to a BA around .300

Three To Watch:

- RP Jalien Peguero (Tucson), whose strikeouts are down, but whose effectiveness is up

- P Barry Enright (Yakima), who has fanned 11 batters in 7 scoreless relief innings since reporting

- SP Eddie Romero (South Bend), who has allowed 2 or fewer runs in five of his last six starts

Falling Off:

- 1B Brad Miller (23) is hitting .139 over his past 9 games

- RP Vince Bongiovanni (26) got ripped for six runs in his last outing

- 3B Cesar Nicholas (27) has an August OPS under .600

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