Prospect Power Rankings: Vol. 2

Jake Fox continues to bash (STAFF PHOTO/PAM DAVIS)

These rankings are compiled and updated on a weekly basis throughout the season and are based solely on player performances (read: not age).

Statistics updated through the morning of April 27.

AT THE PLATE

1. Jake Fox: 1B, Iowa (Class AAA)
Stats: .433 AVG, 9 HR, 27 RBI, 1.464 OPS

Fox continued his hot start to the season after taking home Pacific Coast League Player of the Week honors for the week of April 9-19. Afterward, he clubbed two home runs and added a pair of multi-hit games. He leads the system in batting average, home runs and RBIs. The clear-cut No. 1 again this week.

2. Marquez Smith: 3B, Daytona (Class High-A)
Stats: .295 AVG, 5 HR, 18 RBI, 1.013 OPS

Smith has slimmed down somewhat since being drafted out of Clemson in the eighth-round two years ago. He entered the week leading the Florida State League in home runs and RBIs, and had recorded a hit in all but one of his first 13 games.

3. Tony Thomas: 2B, Tennessee (Class AA)
Stats: .345 AVG, 4 HR, 13 RBI, 1.004 OPS

The speedy leadoff man's early season power surge has been a surprise, and he'd had six multi-hit games atop the order through his first 15 contests, along with a .418 on-base percentage. Entering Monday, he had reached base in eight straight games.

4. Russ Canzler: 1B, Daytona
Stats: .375 AVG, 1 HR, 8 RBI, .397 OBP

The first baseman is out to prove he doesn't belong in Daytona. Although he didn't hit his first home run until Sunday, he had six doubles in his first 14 games and a plus .400 on-base percentage. He opened the season with a hit in his first 15 contests – the longest such streak in the Florida State League.

5. Josh Vitters: 3B, Peoria (Class-A)
Stats: .327 AVG, 1 HR, 6 RBI, .377 OBP

The Cubs' consensus top prospect continues to get on base. Entering Monday, he had reached base safely in 13 straight contests to open the season and was 5-for-12 against left-handers.

ON THE MOUND

1. Jose Ascanio: RHP, Iowa
Stats: 0-0, 0.54 ERA, 16.2 IP

The hard-throwing right-hander had not made it past the fifth inning in his first four contests as he worked to stretch his arm. He had allowed just one earned run in his first four starts to go with 14 strikeouts.

2. Casey Coleman: RHP, Tennessee
Stats: 3-0, 1.50 ERA, 18 IP

Coleman continues to impress at Double-A in his first full professional season. He has a team-high 15 strikeouts to five walks through 18 innings and has held opponents to a .212 average.

3. Marcos Mateo: RHP, Tennessee
Stats: 0-0, 0.71 ERA, 12.2 IP

Mateo was slated for Double-A all along, but came down with an injury in spring training. He eventually pitched his way onto the Tennessee club by tossing nine scoreless innings at Daytona and allowing just four hits to go with seven strikeouts and two walks.

4. Chris Carpenter: RHP, Peoria
Stats: 0-1, 3.21 ERA, 14 IP

The third-round pick from the 2008 draft had scattered eight hits over his first three starts. He struck out 18 batters in that span, good for second most in the system.

5. Dan McDaniel: RHP, Daytona
Stats: 2-0, 0.79 ERA, 11.1 IP

McDaniel's numbers haven't changed from Week 1 as he was a late scratch from his scheduled start on April 22 at Dunedin before going on the disabled list. In his first two outings, he pitched into the sixth inning in both games and yielded just two hits.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Bobby Scales, INF: Iowa

Eight of his first 21 hits went for extra bases. He also had nine walks through his first 15 games. He entered play Monday with a .421 on-base percentage.

Blake Lalli, 1B: Tennessee

Has not started every game but was 15-for-35 (.429) with only three strikeouts through 12 contests.

Ryan Flaherty, INF: Peoria

His seven-game hit streak recently came to an end, but the first-round supplemental pick from Vanderbilt a season ago had nine walks and six extra base hits to make up a .318 average and .434 on-base percentage entering Monday – the latter of which was tops for the team.

Rebel Ridling, 1B: Peoria

He entered Monday with a six-game hit streak, seven doubles and was tied for second in the Midwest League with 15 RBI through 15 games.

Casey Lambert, LHP: Tennessee

In his first trial run as a starter, the southpaw allowed 11 hits in his first 15 innings and had a 1.80 ERA. He has been getting it done by pitching to contact.

Tyler Colvin, OF: Daytona

The 2006 first-round draft pick had three straight multi-hit games to raise his average above .300 for the first time this season. He entered play Monday with 11 walks (the most in the system) and a .413 on-base percentage through his first 15 contests.

Darwin Barney: SS, Tennessee

The shortstop entered play Monday with a hit in all but one of his last eight contests to raise his average to .348. He had only four strikeouts to go with four walks through his first 15 games.

Greg Reinhard: RHP, Iowa

He opened the season with 11 scoreless innings from the bullpen, notching 17 strikeouts and three walks.

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