The Cardinals Prospect Power Rankings Week 8

Memphis Redbirds catcher Bryan Anderson responded very well after bumping Colby Rasmus out of the coveted #1 spot in the Birdhouse Prospect Power Rankings in week seven. Anderson hit .467 (7-for-15) over the last week, which was the second best mark in the league, with an impressive .556 on-base percentage.

St. Louis Cardinals Prospect Power Rankings

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

1. Bryan Anderson, C (AAA-Memphis) – Anderson responded very well after moving into the coveted #1 spot in the Birdhouse Prospect Power Rankings, hitting .467 (7x15) over the last week, which was the second best mark in the league, with a .556 on-base percentage. He's got a great arm and his defense continues to improve. Last week's ranking - #1, (BH#2)

2. Chris Perez, RHP (MLB-Cardinals) – may not be closing for St. Louis right now, but the odds are, he'll be closing games in Busch Stadium before Jason Isringhausen Last week's ranking - #2, (BH#3)

3. Colby Rasmus, CF (AAA-Memphis) – is evidence you can't keep a good man down, despite getting bumped out of the #1 ranking last week, Rasmus has reached base safely in 11 straight games and is hitting .368 in his last 10 games. He's still struggling against right-handers, hitting a mere .188 against righties. He scored eight runs last week to lead the PCL in scoring. Last week's ranking - #3, (BH#1)

4. Joe Mather, OF (AAA-Memphis) – is in the Major Leagues now, for how long remains the question. He played well in his debut, depending on what Chris Duncan does at Memphis, will impact how long Mather stays with the big club. Joey Bombs, is the best position player prospect I've seen, since I've started covering the team. I'll defer to those who are suppose to know more than me, ranking Rasmus and others at times ahead of Mather. Last week's ranking - #5, (BH#8)

5. Jaime Garcia, LHP (AAA-Memphis) – pitched six solid innings Thursday night, giving up only two runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out three. I'm confident he'll make it to St. Louis in 2009. Last week's ranking - #4 (BH#3)

6. P.J. Walters, RHP (AAA-Memphis) – remained unbeaten in six starts as the Redbirds won their series opener against the Albuquerque Isotopes 7-2 Saturday night. Walters gave up just three hits in 6.1 innings and struck out five, picking up his fourth win for Memphis. Last week's ranking -#6 (BH#10)

7. Jess Todd, RHP (AA-Springfield) - earned Birdhouse ‘Pitcher of the Month' for May honors this week. His last two outings at Double-A have been quite impressive, the best two-game stretch by any Springfield starter in club history. The 5-foot-10, 210 pound, right-hander allowed one hit over seven shut-out innings at Corpus Christi on May the 24th, losing the no-hitter with two outs in the seventh on a single. Friday night, Todd gave up a lead-off single to Gabe Lopez of San Antonio, but didn't allow a base hit thereafter in seven scoreless innings. Todd has now allowed just two hits in his last 14 scoreless innings. He's pitching like he's 6'3". He holds on at #7, but he's putting some pressure on the small gang ahead of him. Named to the FSL All-Star team, Todd will not attend. Last week's ranking - #7 (BH#18)

8. Allen Craig, 3B (AA-Springfield) - is beginning to convince people that he may be able to stick at third, for sure, his future is tied to his bat. He had a great month in May, hitting .327, 9 HRs, 24 RBIs, even though he cooled off closing out the month, hitting only .243 with 1 HR and 5 RBIs in his last 10 games. Last week's ranking - #11 (BH#11)

9. Steven Hill, UTL (AA-Springfield) - remember Steven Hill, the ‘Crown Prince of Palm Beach'? Since his transfer to Springfield he's fallen out of the spotlight some, but he's hit a solid .318 through his first 18 games at Double-A, with two home runs and five RBIs. An area of concern, he's struck out 25 times in just 70 at bats and his OBP has dropped 54 points since his promotion. He's only hitting .222 against lefties and I'm still amazed as to how many fricking lefties are out there. Last week's ranking - #9 (BH#40)

10. Mitchell Boggs, RHP (AAA-Memphis) - had a very good week, pitching a complete game in Iowa, giving up just one run on five hits and four walks, while striking out five. On the season, he is 5-1 with a 3.17 ERA and it's just a matter of time, before he gets his chance for a spot start in St. Louis. Last week's ranking - #14 (BH#13)

11. Chris Duncan, OF (AAA-Memphis) - is at Triple-A Memphis to try to get his power stroke back. Despite being a favorite of manager Tony La Russa, there is no guarantee that Duncan will back in St. Louis unless he starts hitting with power at Memphis. He didn't actually break into the Power Rankings this week, I guess you could say, he fell into them. Last week's ranking – NR (BH-NR)

12. Anthony Reyes, RHP (AAA-Memphis) - needs to be traded or just let go. If the Cardinals can pay Mark Mulder, Matt Clement and Jason Isringhausen, not to pitch, let Perez move on as well. Last week's ranking - #10 (BH-NR)

13. Tyler Herron, RHP (AA-Springfield)- was roughed up in his start this past week against the San Antonio Missions, giving up five earned runs on eight hits and two walks in five innings, while striking out three. Last week's ranking - #8 (BH#6)

14. Nick Stavinoha, OF (AAA-Memphis) - was given up for dead by a lot of fans, but he has responded this season by hitting, .352 in April, .350 in May, with six home runs and 33 RBIs this season. You have to like his splits, he's hitting .322 against lefties and an amazing .364 against righties. Last week's ranking - #16 (BH#38)

15. Mark Worrell, RHP (AAA-Memphis) - finally gets the call to St. Louis, he deserves a shot, getting promoted Sunday as the Cardinals send down Kelvin Jimenez to Triple-A. Last week's ranking - #20 (BH#33)

16. Jason Motte, RHP (AAA-Memphis) - has given up only one run in his last three appearances, 3.2 innings pitched, but he has not been as effective in the last month, posting a record of 1-0, 4.40, 2 saves. Last week's ranking - #13 (BH#22)

17. Shane Robinson, OF (AA-Springfield) - with five straight multi-hit games, Shane Robinson is still ahead of Max Ramirez of Frisco, at the top of the Texas League batting race. Robinson (.387) is ten points up on Ramirez (.377). Last week's ranking - #19 (BH-NR)

18. Pete Kozma, SS (A-Quad Cities) - must feel like April was a 100 years ago. The Cardinals 2007 Top Draft pick, hit .341 in April but failed to hit even .200 in May, finishing the month with a .189 batting average. Last week's ranking - #12 (BH#16)

19. Mark McCormick, RHP (AA-Springfield) - didn't have a great outing this past week, in a no-decision, he gave up three runs on four hits and four walks while striking out two batters, against the San Antonio Missions. Last week's ranking - #17 (BH#20)

20. Adam Ottavino, RHP (AA-Springfield) - struggling with an 0-4 record and a 8.78 ERA, didn't pitch this past week, as he tries to get his head straight. He was slated to start today for Springfield. One has to wonder, how long they will keep him at Springfield. Last week's ranking - #18 (BH#5)

21. Clayton Mortensen, RHP (AA-Springfield) - had a strange outing Saturday, he struck out eight batters, while giving up three earned runs on six hits and six walks, in the Cardinals 7-2 loss to Corpus Christi. Last week's ranking - #15 (BH#9)

22. David Freese, 3B (AAA-Memphis) - had a big week as he knocked in 11 runs, including a six-RBI performance last Monday, to keep his name in the Top 25 rankings. Last week's ranking - #25 (BH#13a)

23. Fernando Salas, RHP (AA-Springfield) - is the Birdhouse Minor League Reliever of the Month for May. He has worked just 30.1 innings, averaging about 1.7 strikeouts per inning, but even more impressive, in his last 10 appearances, he's pitched 12 innings, giving up only one run on three hits and a walk, while earning five saves with a 0.75 ERA during this 10-game span. Last week's ranking – NR (BH-NR)

24. Brian Barden, SS (AAA-Memphis) - hit a team best .377 in May to help him break into the PPR this week. On the season, Barden is hitting, .323 with four home runs and 24 RBIs through his first 52 games, 201 at-bats. To go along with his .377 batting average this past month, Barden has slash stats of; .460/.538/.997 (OBP, SLG, OPS), very impressive. Last week's ranking – NR (BH-NR)

25. Shaun Garceau, RHP (A-Palm Beach) - didn't look sharp this past week, getting tagged with a loss against the Port St. Lucie Mets, after giving up four earned runs in 5.2 innings pitched, on five hits and a disturbing five walks. Last week's ranking - #21 (BH-NR)



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