FutureHalos Prospect Rankings V

Arredondo is our biggest riser

We skipped a turn in the rotation last time around, but our rankings our back with the last set of entries before short-season players are eligible for consideration. We'll move to two sets next time around to give you a good look at the kids at the lower end of the system, but for now, look who's back and finally at the top spot!

1) Jered Weaver, RHP, Salt Lake (NR)
The big club may not be willing to keep him where he belongs, but we gladly will. Weaver threw a two hitter with 14 strikeouts the last time he toed the rubber and currently has the best ERA for both Salt Lake and the Angels. After several appearances in the top 10, the LBSU Dirtbag gets the top billing this time around.

2) Nick Adenhart, RHP, Cedar Rapids (1)
After one bad outing at the start of the month, the Kernels' ace has five runs over 23.1 innings since. It tells you just what kind of season he's having that this might actually be considered a drop-off. He's now thrown twice the number of innings he had last year in his first post-surgery season, so it will be important for him to keep things going even as his arm starts to tire.

3) Jose Arredondo, RHP, Rancho Cucamonga (7)
He had nine scouts in the stand for his last outing, a game in which he once again went seven innings and struck out eight. He now has struck out twice as many hitters (108) as he has allowed to get a hit. His fastball and split finger are already above-average pitches and his slider is on the way to making that list too.

4) Curtis Pride, OF, Salt Lake (NR)
He is anything but a hot young prospect, but Curtis Pride has put up a month unlike anything he – or you – has ever seen before. The left-handed hitter has a .452 average in June, posting as many starts with three hits (3) as hitless outings. He has moved into the third spot in the PCL batting crown race and has swiped nine bags in the month for good measure.

5) Howie Kendrick, 2B, Salt Lake (2)
He started the month as The Amazing Howie Kendrick, collecting multiple hits in seven straight games to raise his average over the .400 mark, but has now "cooled off" for a mere .384 average. He's down to just four categories in which he leads the league, but slugging percentage and OPS are on that list. It's still hard to imagine he'll be in the minors a month from now.

6) Joe Saunders, LHP, Salt Lake (3)
Saunders only picked up one win in his last three starts, but he allowed just six earned runs in 20.2 innings in that stretch. His ERA for June is now 2.20 and he's moved into the number eight spot in the PCL with a 2.50 mark for the season. Interestingly, it's lefties who have done much of the damage against him this year, hitting more than 80 points better than the righties who are supposed to give him trouble.

7) Brandon Wood, SS, Arkansas (8)
In the midst of his best month this year, Wood has a .313 average and six homers in 21 games in June. He has a league-high 43 extra-base hits and ranks among league leaders in all power categories. The slugger is tied with a league-worst 17 errors in the field, but has slowed that pace dramatically over the last two weeks.

8) Brad Coon, CF, Cedar Rapids (NR)
He's only had multiple hits three times in his 18 game hitting streak, but it's still an impressive streak. The 2005 draftee leads the Midwest League with 26 steals and has a team-best .362 on-base percentage.

9) Stephen Marek, RHP, Cedar Rapids (NR)
The righty from Texas hasn't allowed more than three runs in any of his 15 starts this season and has lowered his ERA in each month of the season. He now sits just behind Adenhart with an 8-1 record and 2.14 ERA for the Kernels. His 81 strikeouts against just 19 walks pencils out to exactly the kind of ratio you want to see.

10) Ryan Aldridge, RHP, Cedar Rapids (NR)
It's the first time all year a closer in the Angels system has made this list, but Aldridge earned the right with a 0.79 ERA and four saves in nine appearances this month. After a rough start to the season, he has given up just two runs in his last 16 appearances.

Also getting attention:
Matt Sweeney Okay, so technically he's not eligible this time around, but the kid from Maryland deserves credit for his impressive debut in pro ball. He's been on base 10 times in three games and has the AZL Angels' only two home runs. Look for him on our short-season rankings which debut next week!

Moved off:
Eric Rodland(4) Hitting just .237 this month and a bit banged up to boot.
Jeff Mathis (5) His average is still at .300, but the power has tailed off
Nick Gorneault (6) The only thing more disappointing for him than the injury has to be the timing
Cliff Remole, (9)
Bobby Wilson (10)

Check out out our previous rankings from this season.

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