The Cardinals Prospect Power Rankings Week 6

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.

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.

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

1. Colby Rasmus, CF (AAA-Memphis) – is in one of the worst slumps of his young career. Going into Saturday's game, Colby had gone just gone 1-for-24 in his previous six games, with 11 strikeouts to dip his average to .191 on the year. The Cardinals top prospect has not scored during the six-game swoon and has not drawn any walks despite leading the team with 18 walks this season. A five-week slump is not uncommon; he's still the best prospect in the organization. Last week's ranking - #1, (BH#1)

2. Bryan Anderson, C (AAA-Memphis) – went 0-for-7 in his first two games for Memphis but has rebounded and turned it on, not taking near as long as Colby Rasmus to adjust to Triple-A pitching. Bryan is hitting .364 over his last six games. Our #2 ranked prospect was hitting .388 with two homers and 14 RBIs in 19 games for Double-A Springfield before being promoted April 29. Last week's ranking -#2 (BH#2)

3. Jaime Garcia, LHP (AAA-Memphis) – made his Triple-A debut this past week. He pitched six innings, giving up only two runs on six hits, four of which were infield singles. Garcia struck out six and walked none. The unearned run was a result of his throwing error in the first. Jaime didn't factor into the decision, but his stock continues to rise. Last week's ranking -#3, (BH#3)

4. Chris Perez, RHP (AAA-Memphis) – isn't ready for the call to St. Louis just yet. There were rumors that he had gotten the call after Jason Isringhausen's meltdown Friday, I don't buy into it, he's not on the club's 40-man roster and I didn't see St. Louis sending out anyone on their current staff. Perez has eight saves for Memphis, with a 1-1 record and a 2.16 ERA, it's just a matter of time before he's closing games in St. Louis, its just isn't now. Last week's ranking -#4, (BH#4)

5. P.J. Walters, RHP (AAA-Memphis) – was called up to Memphis last Sunday to take the spot on the roster vacated by Mike Parisi who reported to St. Louis. In his first Triple-A start, he allowed two runs on seven hits with one walk and four strikeouts but did not receive a decision in the Redbirds eventual 3-2 win. He picked up his first win Saturday, after going 6.1 innings, giving up just one run, it coming off a home run, striking out three and walking only one. All three runs Walters have surrendered at Triple-A have come off of solo home runs. Last week's ranking -#5, (BH#10)

6. Joe Mather, OF (AAA-Memphis) – took a month to do it, but he finally hit another home run, it coming on May the 7th, just his third home run on the season. He's hitting .315, 3 HRs and 8 RBIs to date, and while fans may have expected more than three home runs by this time, his line of .315/.432/.562 is pretty impressive. The home runs will come, as will the RBIs. Last week's ranking -#6, (BH#8)

7. Pete Kozma, SS (A-Quad Cities) – has struggle at the plate this past week and he's made a total of seven errors going into Saturday's game. He's coming off an impressive first month of the season, hitting .341 in April while scoring a team-high 20 runs and belting three homers while driving in 13. He also had a couple of eight game hitting streaks. Name the Quad Cities ‘Player of the Month' for April, Pete could be promoted to Palm Beach by the end of this month. Last week's ranking -#7, (BH#16)

8. Jess Todd, RHP (A-Palm Beach) – was named the Cardinals ‘Minor League Pitcher of the Month' for April this past week. He went 3-0 in April appearances and posted a miniscule 1.48 ERA, while striking out 31 batters in just 24 1/3 innings of work, earning him a promotion to Double-A Springfield. In his first Double-A start he pitched 3.1 scoreless innings. Last week's ranking -#9 (BH#6)

9. Tyler Herron, RHP (AA – Springfield) – as I projected last week Tyler Herron found himself at Double-A this past week. He rebounded after a rough first appearance to scatter nine hits over six innings, giving up just two runs in his second outing. Last week's ranking -#8, (BH#6)

10. Mitchell Boggs, RHP (AAA-Memphis)– picked up his fourth win on the season Wednesday night, pitching 6.1 innings and giving up four runs on nine hits. Not his best performance of the season, but he is the only Memphis Redbirds pitcher with more than two wins. Last week's ranking -#10, (BH#13)

11. Steven Hill, C (A-Palm Beach) – a/k/a "The former Crown Prince of Palm Beach", got a promotion to Springfield Saturday, picking up where he left off in Palm Beach, going deep in his first Double-A game. Hill had hit .320 with seven home runs and 25 RBIs in 32 games for Palm Beach, with a line of .320/.373/.582 and an OPS of .955. There is some concern about his strikeouts, he's striking out about one out of every five at-bats, that given, a .373 OBP with his power and knack for driving runs, I can learn to live with it and I imagine the Cardinals will too. Last week's ranking –#11, (BH#40)

12. Allen Craig, 3B (AA-Springfield) – took ‘Player of the Day' honors twice this past week, after becoming just the second Cardinal this year to record a multi-homer game, after he hit two Wednesday night in Springfield's 8-1 victory. It's his third career multi-homer game. Craig had 21 homers last year at Palm Beach and had a pair of two-homer games. Craig is playing better defense at third than expected by Cardinals player development staff. Last week's ranking -#16, (BH#11)

13. Clayton Mortensen, RHP (AA-Springfield) – had his third consecutive rough outing Thursday, giving up five runs, four of them earned, on six hits in just 3.2 innings. For the season Clayton is 1-3 with a bloated 5.61 ERA, with opponents hitting .272 off of him. The Cardinals supplemental first round draft pick last year, skipped A-ball at Palm Beach altogether, so I wouldn't be too quick to pass judgment on him, based on these numbers. He only last 3.2 innings in his last outing, it will be interesting to see if the Cardinals keep him at Springfield, I'm leaning towards they will. Last week's ranking -#16, (BH#9)

14. Adam Ottavino, RHP (AA-Springfield) – made his first start Saturday night since coming off the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, giving up five runs, two earned, over just 2 2/3 innings. Adam's record falls to 0-4 with a 7.06 ERA after five starts this season. The former #1 draft pick is having his problems at Springfield to say the least. Last week's ranking -#14, (BH#5)

15. Jason Motte, RHP (AAA-Memphis) – is just a phone call away from the majors. Jeff Luhnow said earlier in the week he wouldn't hesitate to bring up Motte to the Cardinals bullpen if they needed help. Motte is 2-1 with a 1.47 ERA through his first 16 appearances and he has walked only five batters while striking out 27. Last week's ranking -#19, (BH#22)

16. Stavinoha, Nick, OF (AAA-Memphis) – is having a monster season that nobody was expecting. He's hitting .368 with four home runs and 22 RBIs, and he's just getting hotter. In his last 10 games, he's hit .419 with two home runs and eight RBIs. There is concern about his defense and lack range in the outfield, but hitting like he is, compensates for some defensive liabilities. In the best shape of his career, he is off to his best start of his career. Last week's ranking – #18, (BH#38)

17. Mark McCormick, RHP (A-Palm Beach) – still doesn't have a win to show for his five starts this season. A record of 0-1 with a 2.67 ERA is remarkable, considering he missed most of the 2007 campaign. Once considered a Top 5 prospect within the organization, McCormick is making his way back and could be in Springfield soon, especially with Mortensen and Ottavino struggling at the Double-A level. Last week's ranking -#15, (BH#20)

18. Jose Martinez, 2B/SS (AA-Springfield) – is mired in a terrible slump, hitting just .171 with no home runs and just two RBIs in his last 10 games. His 25 RBIs on the season is still very impressive and among Texas League Leaders. The Cardinals have high hopes for Martinez, more so with Tyler Greene struggling at the Double-A level. The Cardinals have promoted infielder Isa Garcia to Springfield, this could impact where Martinez plays or hits in the lineup. Last week's ranking - #12, (BH#14)

19. Shane Robinson, OF (AA-Springfield) – is riding a six game, multi-hit streak and setting the world on fire, well at least the Texas League. Shane is hitting .462 with a home run and five RBIs over his last 10 games. His .434 batting average on the season, leads the Texas League. One half of the Dynamic Duo, along with his partner, Jon Jay, they have helped the Springfield Cardinals turn their season around after a 1-9 start, to division contenders. Last week's ranking – 20, (BH#NR)

20. David Kopp, RHP (A-Palm Beach) – is probably stuck in the tandem rotation system in Palm Beach for the entire season. He's posted a record of 1-2 with a save and an ERA of 2.78 in nine games, five starts. He's only given up one home run in 35.2 innings pitched and trust me that isn't going unnoticed by the Cardinals brass. Last week's ranking -#23, (BH#36)

21. Jon Jay, OF (AA-Springfield) – is one of the reasons the Springfield club continues to battle for first place within their division. He's hitting .310 with three home runs and 17 RBIs on the season. His production has taken a dip over the last 10 games, hitting just .250 with no home runs and eight RBIs. He's healthy finally and playing good defense. I'm a little surprise stolen bases isn't more of his game, he's stolen four bases and has been caught twice this season, last season he stole nine bases in 59 games. Last week's ranking - #21, (BH#19)

22. Jarrett Hoffpauir, 2B (AAA-Memphis) – is having a solid season at Memphis, the Redbirds have ran into some of the best pitchers in the PCL in the past week, as Jarrett hit just .237 over his last 10 games. Last week's ranking -#17, (BH#14)

23. Mark Worrell, RHP (AAA-Memphis) – is having good season at Memphis, posting a record of 1-1, 2.35 ER in 15 appearances. In his last 10 games, he's 0-1 with a 4.35 ERA, giving up five earned runs on 16 hits and five walks in his last 10.1 innings pitched. Another reliever considered major league ready, but didn't have a great week. Last week's ranking -#22, (BH#33)

24. Shaun Garceau, RHP (A-Palm Beach) – the 20-year-old pitcher posted a 2.35 ERA in April, striking out 21 batters in 23 innings, while issuing only six walks. Most notably he didn't give up any home runs. That will get you noticed by the brass, Garceau was named the Quad Cities ‘Pitcher of the Month' for April, earning him a promotion to Palm Beach. In his first start for Palm Beach, he pitched five scoreless frames, allowing only three hits and three walks, while striking out three. He makes his debut on the Prospect Power Rankings this week. Last week's ranking - #NR (BH#NR)

25. David Freese, 3B (AAA-Memphis) – had a six game hitting streak that ended Friday. Projected to be an average major league third baseman, he's actually playing better defense than the Cardinals expected. Freese hit only .226 over his last 10 games, despite the six game hitting streak. Last week's ranking -#24, (BH#13a)


Mark Hamilton


Editor's note - Ray Mileur will be on vacation next week, the Prospect Power Rankings will return on May 25th.

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