FutureBacks Power Rankings: Week 8

John Hester had 4 hits and 4 RBI Friday

Last week's 22-5 record for the Arizona Diamondbacks affiliates may have been a fluke, as they have combined to go 9-18 so far in June. Perhaps all that is needed for a more consistent performance is an influx of fresh new talent, which the system will receive this week with seven of the first 64 selections in the amateur draft.

Reno Aces 26-32 (3rd); 3-4 This Week
Mobile BayBears 33-25 (2nd); 2-5 This Week
Visalia Rawhide 35-22 (1st) ; 3-4 This Week
South Bend Silver Hawks 25-29 (4th); 1-5 This Week

Not everything is dismal for the farm system this week.  The Visalia Rawhide lead their division by two games with two weeks remaining in the first half.  Starting pitcher Pat McAnaney has been incredible with the exception of one poor start.  He's the best left-handed starter in the system for sure and arguably the best starter overall in the California League.

The Reno Aces set a franchise record with 21 runs scored on Friday. The first six batters in the lineup combined for 20 hits and 19 RBI.  Newcomer shortstop Ed Rogers and veteran prospect Alexander Romero are on tears along with seasoned catching prospect John Hester.

The Mobile BayBears got another strong start from the best prospect in the organization last night in an eventual walkoff win.  This is days after Cody Evans took a perfect game into the 7th inning, allowing naught but a leadoff triple in the 7th that he would strand.

Alas, the Silver Hawks have little to celebrate this week.  Only one of their four All-Stars is playing very well right now, but this is the affiliate that will benefit the most from the quality draftees due in later this month.

Remember, these rankings chronicle the hottest organizational prospects who are making the most of their opportunity, weighing recent performance most heavily, not the best prospects overall. 

Abbreviations: Mob=Mobile, SL=Southern League, PCL= Pacific Coast League
SB=South Bend, MWL=Midwest League, Vis=Visalia, CL=California League

Stats are accurate as of Sunday, June 7th.  A yellow highlight indicates a promotion this week.

Rank Prev Pos Name Team Comment
1 1 OF Gerardo Parra Az Already tied for 5th on the team in RBI
2 2 SP Jarrod Parker Mob Struck out nine without issuing a walk on Sunday
3 9 SP Patrick McAnaney Vis 2.83 ERA is 3rd in CL; 0 ER, 4 H in his last 2 starts
4 4 RP Clay Zavada Az Has let a whopping 8 of 9 inherited runners score, but still owns a 0.00 ERA thru 10 games
5 5 RP T.J. Hose SB All-Star suffered his first loss of the season this week
6 3 OF Cyle Hankerd Mob Named Organization's Hitter of the Month for May, but a .619 June OPS
7 11 OF Chris Rahl Mob Batting .381 in his last 10 games and had a walkoff double Sunday
8 16 SP Billy Buckner Az Shut out the best offense in the league for 6 innings in his most recent start
9 7 RP Daniel Schlereth Az Allowed 4 ER without recording an out in Saturday's loss
10 8 SP Trevor Harden Vis CL is batting .305 against Harden after MWL hit him at a .207 clip
11 6 OF Brendan Duffy SB Batting .219 over his last 9 games; no walks in his last 8
12 21 SP Brett Moorhouse SB 7 IP and 0 BB in each of his past two stats
13 22 RP Leyson Septimo Vis Last 5 games: 1-0, 3 SV, 7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 8 K, 4 BB
14 14 RP Jason Urquidez Reno Bounced back from his first AAA loss this year with a shutout innning
15 15 SP Cesar Valdez Reno His one start this week was mediocre (5 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, 4 BB, 6 K)
16 20 IF Justin Parker SB 10 hits and 10 walks in his last 10 games
17 NR 1B/C Sean Coughlin Vis Batting .382 with 2 HR and 7 RBI in his last 10 games
18 24 P Taylor Sinclair SB 3.00 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 24 innings as a starter
19 19 RP Jordan Norberto Vis Fanned 6 batters in 2 innings Friday
20 27 OF Collin Cowgill Vis Cowgill has doubled 4 times during his 5-game hitting streak
21 12 SP Bryan Augenstein Reno 24 H and 12 ER in 18 AAA IP despite 14 K, 2 BB
22 26 SS Pedro Ciriaco Mob SLG by month: .262 April, .325 May, .440 May
23 34 RP Kyler Newby Mob Scoreless innings streak was snapped Sunday, but a 1.23 ERA in his last 6 games
24 NR SP Cody Evans Mob Six perfect innings in a 7 IP no-hit shutout this week
25 NR RP Thomas Layne Vis His last 8 innings have been scoreless
26 NR C John Hester Reno 9 H, 2 HR, and 12 RBI in his last 7 games
27 17 SP Josh Collmenter Vis Failed to last 5 innings for the 1st time this season Saturday
28 13 SP Matt Torra Mob Allowed a dozen hits in Friday's loss
29 29 RP Scott Maine Mob Earned the win Sunday after a rough outing earlier in the week
30 NR OF Ollie Linton Vis .444 OBP, 2 SB, and 0 CS this week
31 31 RP Reid Mahon Mob Took the loss Saturday despite 3 strong innings of relief
32 32 RP Justin Mace SB Season ERA dropped below 3.00 this week
33 38 1B Joshua Whitesell Az A 3-run double Sunday gave us a glimpse of his true ability
34 25 RP Daniel Stange Mob Named Organization's Pitcher of the Month for May but has struggled in June
35 NR SP Bryan Shaw Vis BA against: .286 April, .231 May, .176 June

Falling Off:

Orlando Mercado (10) hit .120 (3-for-25) with no extra base hits or RBI this week

Wes Roemer (18) allowed six walks, 15 hits, and nine earned runs in two starts this week

Taylor Harbin (23) hasn't walked, stolen a base, or driven in a run yet this month

Sean Morgan (28) allowed 10 baserunners in five innings in Dayton this week

Four to Watch:

3B Ricardo Sosa (Mobile) homered Sunday in his first start since May

SP Barry Enright (Mobile) has been consistently solid all year and may be poised for a dominant stretch

INF Rusty Ryal (Reno) has seven hits, four doubles, and eight RBI in his last five games

RP William Spottiswood (Reno) has not allowed an earned run in his last four appearances


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