In this edition of Rockies Inside the Dugout, we take a look at who is making waves in their respective leagues.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox
Seth Smith: Smith is currently the fifth best hitter in the Pacific Coast League, boasting a .328 batting average. The outfielder is also fifth in the league in on-base percentage, as he has collected a .400 mark in 2007.
Joe Koshansky: Koshansky currently ranked first in the PCL in runs batted in, as he has driven in 87 runs this season.
Ryan Speier: Speier is currently the league leader in saves, as he has nailed down 28 Sky Sox victories.
Marc Kaiser: Kaiser has struggled with his command this season, and currently is first in the league with 67 walks allowed.
Ubaldo Jimenez: Jimenez is currently right behind his teammate Kaiser in walks allowed, as the top prospect has allowed 62 free passes this season.
As a team: The Sky Sox currently are second in the PCL in team batting average, posting a .294 team mark, but are 15th in the league with a 5.20 team ERA.
Christian Colonel: Colonel is arguably up for the league’s Most Valuable Player Award, as he has been solid at the dish all season long. Colonel currently is second in batting average (.312), fifth in RBI (65), first in hits (131), first in doubles (41), fourth in slugging percentage (.505), and first in extra-base hits (54).
Jordan Czarniecki: The Czar is riding high lately in the batting average department, and has put himself into tenth in the league with a .294 clip.
Franklin Morales: The Rockies uber-prospect is currently fifth in the league in earned run average, as he has collected a 3.48 mark this season.
Steven Register: Register is arguably the best closer in the Texas League in 2007, as he is in first place with 31 saves this season. He also is first in games, as he has appeared in 51 games for the Drillers in 2007.
Corey Wimberly: Wimberly has shown that he has the ability to swipe a base in 2007, and currently leads the league with 27 swipes.
Samuel Deduno: Deduno is the quintessential power pitcher, ranking second in the league in strikeouts (98), and second in the league in walks (51).
Ryan Mattheus: Mattheus is currently fourth in the Texas League in innings pitched, racking up 128.2 frames this season.
As a Team: The Drillers are currently fifth in the league in team batting average with a .263 mark, and fifth in the league with a 4.20 earned run average.
Brandon Hynick: Arguably one of the top starting pitchers in all of Minor League Baseball in 2007, Hynick ranks in the top-5 in many categories. Hynick is currently second in ERA (2.36), first in wins (13), second in strikeouts (108), first in innings pitched (152.1), first in complete games (3), and first in shutouts (1).
Alan Johnson: Johnson has teamed with Hynick to form a great one-two punch, as he ranks in the top-5 in multiple categories as well. He is currently fifth in the league in earned run average (2.99), second in wins (11), and third in innings pitched (135.2).
Eric Young Jr.: Young has been a demon on the basepaths, leading the Texas League with 60 steals. However, you cannot steal if you cannot get on base, and he currently is fifth in the league in hits, collecting 125 of them this year. He also is third in runs (93), and leads the league with nine triples.
Andrew Johnston: They say a team is only as good as their bullpen, and Johnston has been great coming out of the pen for the Nuts this season. He is second in the league in saves (13), and is third in games (45).
Daniel Carte: Carte has been a doubles machine, as he is fourth in the league with 30 doubles.
Chris Nelson: Nelson was unbelievable last month, and it has moved him up the league charts. He is tied with Carte for fourth in doubles, and is fifth in extra-base hits.
Chaz Roe: Roe is one of the top pitching prospects in the Rockies organization, but has not pitched well this season. He leads the league with 11 losses, and is third in walks allowed.
Brandon Durden: Durden has been a great third pitcher for the Nuts, and is currently fourth in the league with 134.2 inning pitched.
Pedro Strop: No reliever in the league has been called more than Strop, who leads the California League with 46 games.
As a Team: The Nuts are currently third in the league in earned run average (4.33), and sixth in team batting (.266).
Michael Paulk: Paulk has been one of the better hitters in the Rockies organization this season, and is all over the league’s leaderboard. Paulk is currently sixth in batting (.315), first in RBI (87), second in hits (129), and third in runs (81).
Keith Weiser: This guy can flat out win, as is evident by his league-leading 13 victories. However, he has also been an innings eater, leading to the second most frames in the league (144.1).
Andrew Graham: Graham was a beast last month, and is currently third in the league with 120 strikeouts. He also has a shutout.
Daniel Mayora: Mayora currently is third in the league with 32 doubles this season.
Hector Gomez: The middle infielder has been an extra-base hit machine this season, leading to the fourth-best mark in the South Atlantic League.
Anthony Jackson: When he gets on, he scores, as his 77 runs are fifth-best in the league. Jackson is an absolute burner, and has a ridiculous 12 triples this season.
Simon Ferrer: Ferrer has been a good compliment to Weiser for the Tourists, eating 134.1 innings this season.
As a Team: The Tourists have been solid this season as a team, ranking third in batting (,269), and fourth in ERA (3.79).
Tri-City Dust Devils:
Darin Holcomb: Holcomb has shown great pop this season for the Dust Devils, as his nine home runs are second-best in the league. He is also fourth in slugging (.546), and fourth in extra-base hits (23).
Michael Mitchell: Amazingly, Mitchell has already swiped 17 bases, good enough for second in the Northwest League.
Bruce Billings: Billings has been the team’s ace this season, though he has been hurt by the longball. He is sixth in earned run average (3.68), and first in strikeouts (55), though his seven home runs allowed are third most in the league.
Riquy Pena: Pena has fared very well as the team’s closer, ranking second in the league with eight saves. Pena also is the league leader in games, as he has appeared in 18 so far.
Everth Cabrera: Cabrera has shown the ability to get on base, ranking third in the league with a .432 on-base percentage.
Robinson Fabian: Fabian has been rocked this season, and currently is second in the league with five losses in his nine starts.
Drew Coffey: Coffey has been able to rack up the innings this season, as he is currently second in the league with 47.1 frames.
As a Team: The Dust Devils have struggled this season, and rank in the bottom of the league in earned run average (4.54), and team batting (.242).
Randall Taylor: Not much to be happy about with this team yet, but Taylor has been a bright spot. He ranks second in the league with 16 appearances, and has a 0.52 earned run average.
Jeff Fischer: Not a good season at all for Fischer thus far, as he is first in the league with seven losses. He has been hurt via the longball, allowing a league leading 14 dingers this season.
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