FutureHalos Prospect Rankings IV

Eric Rodland is moving up the list quickly

Another pair of players from the last installment have moved up to the big club, but one player is back from Anaheim and making a splash. Can anyone follow Quad Cities' lead and topple Adenhart? Take a look at the movers and shakers in this week's edition of our prospect rankings.

1) Nick Adenhart, RHP, Cedar Rapids (1)
The righty stays in the top spot with 15 more innings of stellar work. While Adenhart finally took his first loss of the year, he did it on a day when he gave up just one run on seven hits in eight innings. For the year, he has a 1.51 ERA and has allowed opponents a .199 average while striking out 66 against 13 walks.

2) Howie Kendrick, 2B, Salt Lake (NR)
Well, he's one spot below where we told you to look for him, but Kendrick is back near the top. In 13 games since moving back down to Triple-A, he's hit .327, driven in 11 runs, scored 10, and knocked eight extra-base hits. His 5-for-5 performance with 5 RBI last Thursday certainly helped the cause. Expect his next trip to the big leagues to be his last.

3) Joe Saunders, RHP, Salt Lake (NR)
After scuffling with command a bit earlier in the season, Saunders has found it again and is making PCL hitters pay. Over his last three starts, he's gone 25 innings, allowed just three runs, struck out 21 and walked just one. He timed his complete game shutout of the Zephyrs well as several of the Angels' top brass were there to see it.

4) Eric Rodland, 2B, Arkansas (8)
He's reached base in all but one game this month and has been an absolute sparkplug at the bottom of the lineup, hitting .405 in the eight or nine slot this season. While some might have flailed after joining an organization with so much talent at his position, Rodland's hard-nosed play - and fourth-highest average in the league - has endeared him to the club.

5) Jeff Mathis, C, Salt Lake (4)
Mathis has continued to hit, flash some gap power and field his position behind the plate well. He has just five strikeouts over his last 10 games, a significant improvement over his first 13. With the Bees this year, he's had his highest average since his 2003 season in the Cal League.

6) Nick Gorneault, RF, Salt Lake (NA)
The slugger has driven in a run in nine straight games and has struck out just seven times in his last 53 at-bats. A six-game hitting streak last week that moved him back to the .300 mark featured four straight multi-hit efforts.

7) Jose Arredondo, RHP, Rancho Cucamonga (5)
The fireballer missed a start because of disciplinary issues and had another one cut to just two innings, but he came back with a vengeance on Friday, carrying a no-hitter into the eighth inning. He has given up more than two runs in a start just once this year - and he's just now starting to figure out how to throw his changeup consistently.

8) Brandon Wood, SS, Arkansas (7)
The good news: he has six extra-base hits in his last six games. The bad news: His strikeout rate is soaring again with 19 in his last 13 games. He's still leading the Texas League with 18 doubles and is among league leaders with 34 RBI.

9) Cliff Remole, RF/1B, Rancho Cucamonga (NR)
During his ten game hitting streak which ended Sunday, he raised his average more than 40 points with six extra-hit games. He's hit even better with runners in scoring position (.367) than his overall work (.327).

10) Bobby Wilson, C, Arkansas (NR)
The former draft-and-follow signee has hit .362 in May to raise his overall average above the .300 mark and into third in the organization. The righty has three three-hit games in the last week, including a pair of homers.

Also getting attention:
Sean Rodriguez He's stopped trying to do to much, has taken 10 walks in his last 10 games and has - not surprisingly - three homers in the same span.
Greg Porter Playing regularly since Mike Eylward got promoted, the first baseman has a .344 average for Arkansas this month.

Moved off:
Jered Weaver (2) The Angels are glad to have him on their roster instead of on our list!
Jordan Renz (3) He's had just three extra-base hits in two weeks since his record-setting night.
Michael Collins (6)One fewer extra-base hit than Renz in the same time while his average has fallen 23 points.
Mike Eylward (9)
His average at Triple-A is just .230 since the promotion early this month.
Pat Reilly (10) Well, he finally moved out of the 10 spot.

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