The Cardinals Power Prospect Rankings Week 5

The weekly Prospect Power Rankings with Ray Mileur, are designed to rate the players on their current merits of accomplishment, combined evenly with their original status and projected potential within the organization.


St. Louis Cardinals Prospect Power Rankings - Week Five

This list is not just about who are the better players or prospects, but it is amalgamated ranking of weekly performance and potential and who is making the most of their opportunities.

Legend: NR-not rated; BH# - 2008 Birdhouse Top 40 Prospect Ranking

1. Colby Rasmus, CF (AAA-Memphis) – if you want to be the man, you have to beat the man, and no one in the Cardinals farm system has the tools or natural talent to surpass Colby Rasmus on pure talent alone, and no one has played so well, as to convince anyone, that Rasmus is still not the Cardinals top prospect. Rasmus has a firm grip on this #1 ranking. Last week's ranking - #1, (BH#1)

2. Bryan Anderson, C (AAA-Memphis) – has been promoted to Memphis, how well he continues to develop will depend on his playing time. He was behind the plate in Saturday's dramatic 6-5 comeback win over Colorado Springs. His former teammate from Springfield, Jaime Garcia has been promoted to Memphis, so I would expect these two to work together. Last week's ranking -#2 (BH#2)

3. Jaime Garcia, LHP (AAA-Memphis) – the's ‘Minor League Pitcher of the Month' for April, continues to pitch well, so well that the Cardinals promoted him to Memphis Saturday. Garcia left Springfield with a 3-2 mark and an ERA of 2.06 that was fifth best in the Texas League. He also led the Texas League with 41 strikeouts and was fourth in innings pitched with 35.0. Garcia's last four starts have been ridiculously brilliant, allowing just three earned runs on 13 hits with 30 k's over 26 innings. Last week's ranking -#3, (BH#3)

4. Chris Perez, RHP (AAA-Memphis) – the Redbirds closer, has been almost perfect, he recorded his seventh save of the season Saturday, striking out the side, although he did walk a couple to make it interesting. Hey, he's going to be a Cardinals closer, we are use to it being interesting. He hasn't given up a run in his last 10 appearances, as a matter of fact, he's only given up four hits in 10.1 innings pitched. Last week's ranking -#4, (BH#4)

5. P.J. Walters, RHP (AA-Springfield) – has a record of 1-2, with a 3.25 ERA. He has pitched in some tough luck through the first 4+ weeks of the season. He pitched 8.2 innings Tuesday, giving up four runs on just four hits, he walked two and struck out nine, getting a no-decision for another strong appearance. He's here at number #5 for the fifth week in a row, and his luck is bound to change. Last week's ranking -#5, (BH#10)

6. Joe Mather, OF (AAA-Memphis) – is playing all the outfield positions and there is talk about him being able to play third and or first base. I'm a little concern about putting Mather in the category of a utility player, he'd be better off if he would focus on learning a position. Don't look now, but, Joey Bombs hasn't hit one out of the park since, April 7, of course rumor has it, that, that home run still hasn't landed yet. There may be a FAA limit, about how many Home Runs you can have in air space at one time. PS – I hope they are not trying to turn Mather into a slap hitter. Last week's ranking -#6, (BH#8)

7. Pete Kozma, SS (A-Quad Cities) - The 18th overall pick in the 2007 draft, Kozma is riding a current hitting streak of eight games, a stretch that began on April 16, just one day after his first eight-game streak of the season came to an end. Kozma is hitting .390 over his last 17 games, encompassing both hitting streaks. Word is, the Cardinals may consider promoting him in about a month. Last week's ranking -#7, (BH#16)

8. Tyler Herron, RHP (A – Palm Beach) – would be the guy I would send to Springfield to take Jaime Garcia's place on the roster. Herron is having a very good season, with a 1-0 record, 3.00 ERA. In 27 innings pitched, he's walked just two, yes, just two batters, while striking out 24. FREE TYLER HERRON, Last week's ranking -#11, (BH#6)

9. Jess Todd, RHP (A-Palm Beach) – the St. Louis Cardinals 'Pitcher of the Month', could find himself en-route to Springfield before you have a chance to read this. The Palm Beach Cardinals are 6-0 in games that Todd and his tandem partner Kyle Sadlowski start. Todd continues to see his stock rise and maybe his address changing. Last week's ranking -#8 (BH#18)

10. Mitchell Boggs, RHP (AAA-Memphis)– Talk to the Cardinals front office and eventually they shift the subject to arms in the farm system and Mitchell Boggs' name is going to be right there with the likes of Jaime Garcia and Chris Perez. His most recent start came last Sunday, when he pitched five dominant innings, as the Redbirds avoided a four-game sweep with a 6-2 win over the Iowa Cubs, which also gave the Redbirds a split on their eight-game road trip. That's the kind of pitcher Boggs is, he can stop a skid or win a series for you when you need it. I consider him their staff ace and it's just a matter of time before he is applying his trade at Busch Stadium. Last week's ranking -#12,(BH#13)

11. Steven Hill, C (A-Palm Beach) – a/k/a "The Crown Prince of Palm Beach", the Steven 'Kingof the' Hill, he's giving pitchers nightmares and fans souvenirs, He hit three home runs and a double, this past week, driving in seven runs. A fan favorite with a bright future. Last week's ranking –#17, (BH#40)

12. Jose Martinez, 2B/SS (AA-Springfield) – Martinez ten game hitting streak came to an end Saturday, as he went 0-for-3 wiht a walk and a run scored. During the 10 game streak he was batting.310 (13-42) with eight RBIs. An RBI machine, his 23 RBIs rank 4th in the Texas League. Last week's ranking - #14, (BH#14)

13. Clayton Mortensen, RHP (AA-Springfield) – was gone after 4 1/3 innings, Saturday, throwing 91 pitches, and leaving with the Cardinals down 6-3 to Arkansas. All six runs were earned against Mortensen, who issued five walks and allowed eight hits. He was hit hard in his previous start as well, as his standings in the rankings, take a hit this week. Last week's ranking -#9, (BH#9)

14. Adam Ottavino, RHP (AA-Springfield) – missed his turn in the rotation this past week and was placed on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation. Apparently the shoulder has been bothering him since before the season started. For sure Adam hasn't looked very sharp this season. Last week's ranking -#10, (BH#5)

15. Mark McCormick, RHP (A-Palm Beach) – is still looking for his first decision of the season. In seven games, four stars, Mark has pitched a total of 23.1 innings, giving up 12 runs, only seven of them earned. He's walked 15 and struck out 21. He's not as sharp as I was expecting, he gave up three earned runs on six hits and two walks in Thursday's game against Vero Beach, but did not factor into the decision. He's only averaging about 3.1 innings per appearance, I'd like to see that number improve, he can't get his game on, if he can't get more innings in. Last week's ranking -#13, (BH#20)

16. Allen Craig, 3B (AA-Springfield) – is hitting .317, 3 HRs, 12 RBIs over his last 10 games as his offense picks up. A potentially Top 10 prospect, keep your eyes on his defense at third, personally I think he's playing better than most people anticipated. He ranks among league leaders in home runs (4), runs scored (20) and RBIs (22). Last week's ranking -#16, (BH#11)

17. Jarrett Hoffpauir, 2B (AAA-Memphis) – his numbers are down from last season at this time, he's still looking for his first home run, not that he hits that many, but you would expect one or two by now, in addition, he has only six extra-base hits this season, all six of them being doubles. I'd like to see a few more extra base hits, but this week, he's still hanging with the big boys. Last week's ranking -#15, (BH#14)

18. Stavinoha, Nick, OF (AAA-Memphis) – is alive and well in Memphis. Reports of his passing have been greatly exaggerated. He's hitting .359 on the season with 4 HRs and 17 RBIs, but he's even been hotter than that, over his last 10 games, he's hitting .441 with a home, six doubles and six RBIs. The right-handed swinging Stavinoha has amazing splits, hitting .370 against lefties, but maintaining a remarkable .354 batting average against righties. He appears to be in the best physical shape of his career and I'm surprised to say this after watching him last season, his stock is rising. I thought he was about done. Last week's ranking – #18, (BH#38)

19. Jason Motte, RHP (AAA-Memphis) – is a cult favorite here in the Birdhouse and I'm probably one of his biggest fans. I keep waiting for hitters to tee off on him and his fastball, that doesn't have that much movement, but he keeps getting the job done. This past week he pitched 2.1 scoreless, hitless innings in relief, striking out three. On the season, he's 1-1, with a 2.19 ERA in 12 games, 12.1 innings pitched. Striking out 21 batters in just 12.1 innings pitched. Again, not a typo, 21 batters in 12.1 innings pitched. He moves up a notch in this week's rankings. Last week's ranking -#20, (BH#22)

20. Shane Robinson, OF (AA-Springfield) – the Cardinals and's ‘Player of the Month' for April, is a very exciting player that contributed significantly to the big turn around of the Springfield club, that started the season 1-9, before finishing the month in first place. Albeit a sub-500 record. He continues to play well in the outfield, covering a lot of ground. Last week's ranking – 25, (BH#NR)

21. Jon Jay, OF (AA-Springfield) – 12-game hitting streak finally ended on Friday night, as he went 0-3 with a walk. Jay batted .500 during the 12-game stretch (24-48) with two home runs, six RBIs and 13 runs scored. His 12-game streak was three games shy of the club's record. A deadly combination with Jay and Robinson at the top of the Springfield Cardinals lineup. Last week's ranking - #21, (BH#19)

22. Mark Worrell, RHP (AAA-Memphis) – the side-winding reliever has had a rough week, giving up three earned runs, on seven hits and two walks in just 3.2 innings pitched. He drops a couple slots this week's ranking as a result. He'd still be highly coveted by any other organization, more so, than even the Cardinals who rank, Chris Perez and Jason Motte ahead of Worrell. Last week's ranking -#19, (BH#33)

23. David Kopp, RHP (A-Palm Beach) – is having a decent season with a 0-1 record and a save with a 3.33 ERA. He started the season very strong, not giving up a run until his third appearance. He gave up four earned runs in four innings pitch on Saturday against Vero Beach, as his place on the Top 25 Prospect Rankings is in jeopardy after peaking at #20 in Week Two. Last week's ranking -#22, (BH#36)

24. David Freese, 3B (AAA-Memphis) – missed almost a week of playing time because of a left knee contusion. He was one of the hottest hitters in the PCL the two weeks leading up to his injury. He has two hits and a run scored, in eight at-bats since returned to the lineup. Last week's ranking -#24, (BH#13a)

25. Mark Hamilton, 1B (AA-Springfield) – is struggling at the plate and is barely hanging on in the Top 25 rankings this week. In his last 10 games, he's hit just .156 (5-for-32), 1 HR, 3 RBIs. To put it in perspective how bad it's going right now, he's had only one hit this past week. If he doesn't show something coming up this next week, he's likely to fall off the PPR. Last week's ranking – #23, (BH#12)


No one fell out of the rankings this week, though some are on the cusp.


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