Inside Pitch Power Rankings

Lucas Duda is riding a hot streak this month

Again there is a good blend of offense and pitching in this fifth installment of the Inside Pitch Prospect Power Rankings. Find out who made this list including the number of younger guys appearing for the first time this season.

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Rank Name Team Comments Last Rank
1 Alonzo Harris KNG Harris' seven home runs this month leads the farm, the entire organization this season and the Appalachian League to date. Strikeout rate is high but he is making consistent contact. NA
2 Jonathon Niese BUF Left-hander pitching his way back into big league consideration with dazzling month of July—2-0, 0.41 ERA, 17 strikeouts in last three starts. Has not lost since June 7. NA
3 Joshua Petersen BNG Batting average has improved every month this season and .436 mark for July [17-for-39] leads the Eastern League. Four 3-hit games in last ten days. .326 average second on club to Josh Thole. Promoted to Buffalo on Tuesday. NA
4 Stefan Welch SLU Has been on fire since promotion to St. Lucie. 14 RBI, 11 runs in 13 games with club with .459 on-base percentage. Hitting .396 with two home runs in July. NA
5 Lucas Duda BNG .348 average with two home runs and 11 RBI this month. Riding an Eastern League-best 18-game hit streak. Fourth in the Eastern League in walks [51]. NA
6 Tyler Vaughn BRK 2007 22nd round pick missed 2008 to injury but hitting .367 with two home runs in first nine games this season between Kingsport and now Brooklyn. NA
7 Brad Holt BNG Holt earned Eastern League Pitcher of the Week honors after allowing 2 ER in 13 2/3 IP. Struck out 10 in five innings in first start since last Rankings. NA
8 Jeurys Familia SAV Dominant in last two starts [13 IP, ER, 4 H, 15 K, 4 BB] after giving up 6 ER in 4 2/3 IP. His WHIP [1.11] is 4th in Sally League and is 8th in strikeouts [91]. Has allowed five hits or less in five of last ten appearances. NA
9 Ike Davis BNG Recent power surge has given him organizational lead in home runs [12]. OBP [.386] exceeds mark from St. Lucie and hitting .302 over his previous ten games. NA
10 Francisco Pena SLU In middle of best power surge in his career. Five home runs in last 14 games with .600 slugging percentage. Home run total [7] exceeds 2008 total [6]. NA
11 Eric Beaulac SAV 3 ER in 18 2/3 IP since last rankings with 23 strikeouts and 13 hits allowed. 97 K ranks 6th in the Sally League. 9 ER allowed in last 47 1/3 IP. 5
12 Chris Schwinden SAV Up and down season for right-hander but three earned runs over last 15 IP with zero walks has locked down back of Savannah rotation. Only seven walks in previous 58 IP. NA
13 Wilmer Flores SAV Shortstop heating up with the summer months. Hitting .310 in last 43 games with increasing on-base percentage. Notched first 4-hit game on Sunday night. 92 hits tied for 9th in Sally League. NA
14 Sam Honeck BRK Hitting his way on base consistently with .344 average in July and five RBI. 31 hits tied for 8th in the New York-Penn League. NA
15 Jhonathan Torres KNG Flat out dominant in 22 IP in GCL [4-0, 0.82, .085 OBA] but was tagged for 9 unearned runs over four innings in only start with K-Mets. 26 K in 26 IP so far this season. 10
16 James Fuller BRK Stable cog in Cyclones rotation. 16 K in last 12 IP with 4 BB in 31 IP this season. Strikeout total [34] ranks 6th in NYPL. 1.45 ERA ranks 7th. 1
17 Jefry Marte SAV Seems to be figuring out Sally League pitching with .350 average in last 10 games and .297 average in July. Season-high .350 OBP in July. NA
18 Robert Carson SAV Tossed 3-hit complete game shutout with 8 strikeouts on July 11 but followed that with 1 2/3 IP and 6 ER allowed but gave up just second home run this season. 0.85 road ERA. 12
19 Kyle Allen SAV 2 earned runs and 7 hits allowed in last 12 2/3 IP with wins in both starts, but that followed a five-inning outing with four earned runs. Opponents hitting .205 off him this month. NA
20 Dylan Owen BNG Threw seven shutout innings with seven strikeouts on July 9 but followed that with 8 ER in 5 IP in last start for first loss since return from St. Lucie. 2 Recommended Stories