FutureHalos Prospect Rankings VI

Rodriguez's sure hands help him up the rankings

With our top pick from last time presumably out of the minors for good and several top prospects earning promotions, our rankings look very different this time out. See who vaulted to the top from off the list.

1) Matt Brown, 3B, Arkansas (NR)
Brown has come back with a vengeance after slumping in May and early June. The righty has hit in 17 of 18 games for a .466 average this month. He's also collected 18 RBIs, in no small part because he has 11 doubles, two triples and three homers this month. He now ranks in the top five in the Texas league in batting average, doubles, hits and extra-base hits.

2) Sean Rodriguez, SS, Rancho Cucamonga (NR)
With a .417 on-base percentage and .606 slugging percentage this month, Rodriguez has put his name back in the mix among Cal League leaders in a variety of categories. The slugging shortstop trails only Mark Reynolds for the league lead with 19 homers and has his average back up to .305. Perhaps as important, he hasn't made an error this month.

3) Nick Adenhart, RHP, Rancho Cucamonga (2)
Adenhart had a slight hiccup when he joined the Quakes, but rebounded nicely his last time out, throwing six innings of one-run ball. The righty finished his Midwest League career with a 10-2 record and 1.95 ERA. He's been blessed with 27 runs of support in his two Cal League victories, but look for Adenhart to earn a few more before he turns 20 next month, regardless of the offense.

4) Stephen Marek, RHP, Rancho Cucamonga (9)
Marek's monthly ERA went from 1.93 in May to 1.55 in June to just 1.35 this month, so it's no wonder the Angels feel he is ready for a new challenge in the Cal League. Marek leaves the Midwest League with the third-best ERA and among leaders in wins, strikeouts, and innings pitched.

5) Tommy Mendoza, RHP, Cedar Rapids (NR)
The hard-throwing righty is hitting his stride in his first year of full-season ball, giving up just five earned runs over his last five outings. He's walked more than one in a game just once in the last seven weeks and is working on a streak of six straight quality starts.

6) Terry Evans, OF, Arkansas (NR)
There's nothing better than making your new general manager look good, and Evans has certainly done that since he joined the Angels' organization in exchange for Jeff Weaver. In 10 games for the Travs, Evans has five home runs and 11 RBIs to go with his .333 average. While his 12 strikeouts – with no walks – are certainly a reason for concern, he's on the verge of joining the league home run leaders after playing just 31 games.

7) Jose Arredondo, RHP, Arkansas (3)
After a complete game shutout in his debut with the Travelers, Arredondo has given up seven earned runs over his last 10 innings. The righty may be learning the lesson the club has been trying to teach him for a while – that he will have to throw a change-up occasionally to get more advanced hitters out – as his six strikeouts combined over the last two games is lower than any single-game total he had previously. Despite the hiccup, his work this year exceeds the Angels' wildest hopes.

8) Ryan Aldridge, RHP, Cedar Rapids (10)
The right-handed reliever has given up just three earned runs over the last two months, collecting 13 saves in 14 opportunities in that span. Opponents are hitting just .184 against him this season and he's averaged almost one and a half strikeouts per inning pitched. With the struggles of the Rancho Cucamonga bullpen, it wouldn't surprise us to see him move up very soon.

9) Brandon Wood, SS, Arkansas (7)
After a stellar June, the slugger has hit just .245 this month, but more than half of his hits are still going for extra bases and he has stabilized his fielding a bit. It appears he'll stay put in the Texas League all year and be given a chance to keep his strikeout total under 180 for the season.

10) Nate Sutton, 2B, Rancho Cucamonga (NR)
In his first 217 games as a professional after the Angels drafted him in the 24th round of the 2004 draft, Sutton had four homers. He has now matched that total in the last week. The left-handed hitter from Santa Cruz is hitting .381 in July.

Also getting attention:
Hainley Statia A guy who's cycled on and off this list all season, Statia hit in 13 of 14 earlier this month and has an OPS over 1.000 for July. He's scored 13 runs and swiped seven for good measure.

Reggie Willits Don't rule out a return to the majors for Willits this year. Thanks to 10 walks in 13 games, his OBP is almost .500 this month.

Greg Porter The big guy has hit in 13 of the last 15, helping to spark the Travelers' renaissance in the second half.

Moved off:
Jered Weaver (1) We're fairly confident he won't be back on this list
Howie Kendrick (5) We're not so bold to make the same prediction for Howie
Curtis Pride (4) It was a nice run while it lasted!
Joe Saunders (6) He wasn't going to be ranked even before the decision to bring him up to the big club
Brad Coon (8)

View all of our previous rankings from this year to see who's stayed hot and who's faded as the year rolls on.

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