Power Rankings VII

Power Rankings VII

After a week off to see how the chips fell in the yearly post draft shuffle the Power Rankings are back with some new names (welcome to the PR Koley Kolberg), some surprises (how is it possible Conor Jackson is falling), and the 30 hottest prospects in the Diamondbacks system.

Note:  Stats current through Saturday July 02, 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

Comments

Last Week's Rank

1

Miguel Montero

Lan

A six game hitting streak, but just 4-13.  Still productive in limited duty (due to an appearance in the All Star Game), scored four times, has a double and a homer, drives in two.

1

2

Carlos Gonzales

SB

How do you overtake the top prospect in the organization?  A six game hitting streak won't do it, neither will a 9-25 week, six runs scored isn't the key, ditto for two doubles, a triple, two home runs and six RBI.  Put all of those together in the same week like Gonzales did, and tack on the fact he hit .400 in June, and is hitting .388 with runners in scoring position...now you've beat Conor Jackson.

3

3

Conor Jackson

Tuc

It's almost not fair, because when Jackson only goes 7-22 with three runs, a double, four RBI and six walks he's disappointing us.  Crazy stats:  Hitting .403 as the clean up hitter, .406 with RISP, and .349 with RISP and two out.

2

4

A. J. Shappi

SB

Didn't pitch, but got an out...of South Bend.  The promotion to Lancaster keeps the idle Shappi at #4.

3

5

Augie Murillo

SB

Here's a fun stat for you.  Augie Murillo has gone two straight games without a hit only twice all season.  This week devastating.  Scores five runs, driving in six during a 10-28 week that featured a double and a stolen base.

6

6

Chris Carter

Lan

Limited duty, but 6-11 will work no matter where you are.  Scores three runs, has three doubles, and three RBI in 11 at bats?  What?  Hitting .343 with RISP.

8

7

Casey Daigle

Tenn

Has finally settled into the bullpen role, and mindset.  This week:  three appearances, two saves, 3.1 innings pitched, one hit, zero earned, zero walks, four strikeouts.  Didn't walk a batter in June (11.2 innings) while racking up eight saves last month.  Has given up one homer in 41 innings.  Missing more bats now than ever, opponents average in April: .317/ May .327/ June .267.  Becoming a viable option for the bullpen starved big league club.

12

8

Dan Uggla

Tenn

Just 4-20 this week, but three of the four hits went for extra bases, scored two runs and drove two more in.  June was Uggla's best month for average (.348) but worst in homers (1) and RBI (14).

7

9

Andy Green

Tuc

Apparently getting tired of waiting for a call up, he's now trying to force the Diamondbacks hand by hitting in 19 of his last 20 games, going 10-25 this week with nine runs scored, two triples, two homers and four RBI.  A lead off man who's hitting .379 with RISP.  Will get an opportunity if the rumors of Alex Cintron getting traded come true.

15

10

Jeff Cook

Lan

Has hit in eight straight, and 15 of his last 16 games.  Four hits in 12 tries this week, with half of those leaving the yard.  Hit .333 in June, and must have seen a lot of righties, the left handed hitter is crushing at a .338 clip against right handers, but only .236 against southpaws.  A sparkplug as well, hitting .429 when leading off an inning.

11

11

Enrique Gonzalez

Tenn

Early season dominance is fading, a strong outing this week (six innings and two earned runs) but has lost his last two starts and may be tiring.

5

12

Carlos Quentin

Tuc

Mr. Quentin does not get down on himself, he gets even with opponents.  On the 27th Quentin struck out three times in a game for only the second time this year.  The next night he was 5-6 with a double, two homers, four runs scored and six RBI.  His .271 average in June was his worst month, but his eight homers and 23 RBI in June were his best.

14

13

Matt Elliott

SB

Two appearances, two innings pitched, two hits, zero earned and two saves.  That's getting it done.  Hasn't allowed a homer in any of his 33 games this year (32 innings pitched), and hasn't allowed an earned run in his last 12 appearances.

18

14

Cesar Nicolas

SB

Just the model of productivity.  Goes a just okay 7-24, but scores seven times, drives in three, has three doubles and a home run.  Hit .318 in June with seven homers and 21 RBI.  I'm just guessing, but I think the broken hand is okay.

19

15

Javier Brito

SB

Let's start with a very Conor Jackson-like 37 walks against 28 strikeouts, and then move on to a 7-20 week that saw him score four times and drive in five.  Clutch, hitting .352 with RISP.

22

16

Ross Ohlendorf

SB

Two starts, two wins, 12.1 innings, a little-bit-high 16 hits and six runs (five earned).  Walked six, struck out nine.  His June ERA was 6.43, and opponents are hitting .299 off him, but he keeps winning and improving.

21

17

Allen Mottram

SB

Perhaps the dictionary definition of a platoon player, he's hitting .462 against lefties and just .248 against righties.  Just 3-12 this week, but scored five runs in part because of a good eye, he walked five times as well.  Not the guy you want up with the game on the line, he's hitting only .186 with RISP.

13

18

Dustin Nippert

Tenn

His shortest outing of the year, and still it was five innings.  Eight hits and four earned runs, but took the no decision.  In June he was 2-1 with a 2.29 ERA with only eight walks and 24 punch outs.  Let's not forget, he's probably not at 100% quite yet after Tommy John surgery.

16

19

Jesus Cota

Tenn

Slumped in June (hit just .223 last month), and probably anxious to get back out on the road where he's hitting 60 points higher than at home.  A 4-24 week with just three RBI and one run knock him down a couple notches, but he'll be back.

17

20

Jarred Ball

Tenn

A seven game hit streak was included in his 9-22 week, and he doesn't appear to be giving center field back to Marland Williams any time soon.  Hit .359 in June.

24

21

Koley Kolberg

SB

He's been ready to break through since he got to South Bend, and this was the week.  An insane outing, eight innings, zero runs, just five hits and 10 strikeouts against not a single walk.  Has given up one earned run or less in six of his eight starts since joining the Silverhawks.

NR

22

Edgar Varela

Lan

Free falling after a 2-8 week that included three strikeouts.  Still managed to hit .299 in June with four homers and 15 RBI, a minor miracle considering he's hitting just .153 with RISP.

20

23

Mark Reynolds

SB

Just can't ignore the shortstop any more.  Crush Crushing since coming off the DL, has a hit in 13 of his last 15 games.  Went 9-24 this week with crazy style run production.  Seven scored, eight driven in, three homers.  Hit .306 in June, had eight homers last month (just three in April and May combined), and 21 RBI (just 19 in April and May combined).

OTC

24

Stephen Drew

Lan

The hamstring is healed and the bat is back to work.  Four for 12 this week, and all four hits went for extra bases.  Scored four times, drove in three, has had an extra base hit in eight of his 10 pro games and scored a run in seven of the 10.

NR

25

Jay Garthwaite

Lan

Role reversal, hit .236 in May, hit .329 in June, was 5-13 this week with a homer, two runs, and three RBI.  Needs better pitch recognition, he walked seven times last month, but struck out in 28 plate appearances.

28

26

Josh Perrault

SB

Hanging on because he's gotten no love from his defense.  Of this week's three appearances two featured unearned runs, one resulting in Perrault's second loss of the season.  Still, the armor is cracking, opponents hit just .143 off him in April, they hit .292 in June.

26

27

Emilio Bonifacio

SB

Solid enough to stay, not enough to move up, Bonifacio was 7-27 this week with three runs scored after a pair of doubles and a triple started him in scoring position.  Can't be counted on to bring anyone else home though, just .150 with RISP despite hitting .298 last month.

27

28

Matt Wilkinson

Yak

This kid's stuff is filthy.  So far he's pitched in five pro games without allowing a run, and has given up only one hit in his six innings pitched.  Control could become an issue (he's walked four) but strikeouts are already coming (six in six innings).  Five games into his career he's 1-0 with two saves.

NR

29

Tony Pena

Tenn

Two starts, two losses, but only one was deserved.  One game is seven innings, five hits, one solo home run accounts for the only earned run.  The next is a disaster, 2.2 innings, 11 hits, seven earned and two homers.  Has given up six homers in his last four starts, after allowing only two in his first 10.  Still, his June numbers keep him hanging on, a 2.65 ERA last month, and a .217 opponents batting average.

25

30

Sergio Santos

Tuc

As long as he never ever has to face another left handed pitcher this kid should be fine, he's hitting just .119 against southpaws.  Six for 22 this week with a homer and three runs scored, the five RBI keep at #30.

30

On the Cusp:

Billy Murphy (Tuc):  Lost his only start this week, but can't be blamed completely, he gave up only three hits and two earned in 5.1 innings.  Of course the reason the run scored was because he walked five on the day.  Needs to harness the control, but the stuff is there, opponents hit only .195 off him in June.

Adam Bass (Tenn):  Remember him, started incredible and fell apart?  Well, apparently he's put himself back together, and if the Smokies could get him some run support he'd be pretty tough.  This week one start, six innings, seven hits, one earned run...and he took the no decision.  In his last four starts he's 1-0, giving up only three earned in 28 innings.

Ricardo Cruz (Mis):  The Osprey shortstop is slapping the ball all over Play Ball Park.  Last week he was 5-18 with a double, homer, two runs scored and five RBI.  He's hit in seven of nine games this season and is showing amazing range at short.

Falling out:

Brandon Medders (Tuc):  Though he's back in Tucson again, he spent last week earning big boy dollars, so he's off, expect a return to the top 10 next week.

Noochie Varner (Tenn):  The scrappy outfielder is the odd man out in the Zeringue/Ball/Williams/Varner rotation, managed just two hits in 14 trips to the plate last week, and hit only .227 in June.

Erik Schindewolf (Lan):  Still drawing walks by the boatload, but it's also the most consistent way he's getting on base.  Last week just 1-9, and at bats will only become tougher to find now that Drew is back and healthy.  Even the walk totals are down, just 19 in June after 24 in April and 23 in May.

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