The Cardinals Prospect Power Rankings Week 9

Quad Cities' Nick Additon returns to the Prospect Power Rankings, bringing his tandem rotation partner, Mark Diapoules with him, as they bump a couple of players out of the rankings this week.

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 Nine

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

1. Bryan Anderson, C (AAA-Memphis) – holds onto the #1 spot in the rankings for the third straight week, in big part due to his .410 batting average over his last 10 games and a .329 average through his first 25 games for Memphis. If I have any cause for concern, it is the lack of his extra base hits, only seven of his 28 hits at Triple-A has been of the extra-base kind (6 doubles, 1 triple). He's still looking for his first home run with Memphis. Last week's ranking - #1, (BH#2)

2. Chris Perez, RHP (MLB-Cardinals) – is in St. Louis and it doesn't look like he's coming back to Memphis anytime soon, unless the Cardinals have to get very creative with some roster moves to fill what appears to going to be even more holes in the rotation. Last week's ranking - #2, (BH#3)

3. Colby Rasmus, CF (AAA-Memphis) - is hitting better this month than last, but it still isn't anything to write home about. He's hitting .333 over his last ten games with two home runs and two doubles, so there is some sign of life from the Cardinals most highly touted prospect. Last week's ranking - #3, (BH#1)

4. Joe Mather, OF (MLB-Cardinals) - is in the major leagues for now, I'm not sure how long that is going to last. He looks like he belongs there, he's getting good at-bats, even when he isn't getting hits and his defense is better than I think a lot of people expected. Hitting just .212 with one home run and three RBIs through his first 10 games with St. Louis, 33 at-bats, Mather may be getting a ticket to ride back to Memphis this month at some point. Last week's ranking - #4, (BH#8)

5. Jaime Garcia, LHP (AAA-Memphis) – has put together three solid starts in a row for Memphis, winning two straight. He's clearly the best left-hander in the system and he's making his case for an opportunity to make his major league debut in September, if not sooner. Last week's ranking - #5 (BH#3)

6. Jess Todd, RHP (AA-Springfield) - is clearly having one of the best seasons in the organization, making the jump from the Birdhouse pre-season ranking at #18 to inside the Top Ten Rankings. In a combined 13 games, 10 starts between Palm Beach and Springfield, Todd has posted a record of 4-1 with a 1.28 ERA. He's taken the promotion to Springfield without missing a beat, in his first six games, he's 1-1 with a 1.00 ERA, giving up only 21 hits in 36 innings pitched. He's struck out 25 batters, while walking only 7. Opposing batters are hitting only .176 against him this season. Last week's ranking - #7 (BH#18)

7. Steven Hill, UTL (AA-Springfield) - isn't standing out at Springfield like he did at Palm Beach, but Hill is playing very consistent, hitting .305, 5 HRs, 9 RBIs in his first 24 games at Double-A, posting slash stats of .373/.516/.842 (OBP,SLG,OPS), that is hard to ignore. Last week's ranking - #9 (BH#40)

8. Mitchell Boggs, RHP (MLB-Cardinals) - got the promotion to the majors this past week, with our resident Post Dispatch stringer spreading the Birdhouse breaking news. Boggs had a record of 5-1 with a 3.28 ERA before getting the call and it's not sure when he'll return to Memphis, but he will at some point. The major league experience can only help with his progress. He'll be in St. Louis for good in 2009. Last week's ranking - #10 (BH#13)

9. Tyler Herron, RHP (AA-Springfield)- is off to this good game-bad game-good game cycle with Springfield, I'm looking for back-to-back quality starts from him, as are the Cardinals. He had his best start of the season last Wednesday, pitching seven innings shutout innings, giving up just two hits and two walks, while striking out three. Another start like that one and Tyler's stock will move from a hold status to buy. Last week's ranking - #13 (BH#6)

10. P.J. Walters, RHP (AAA-Memphis) – didn't even get out of the second inning, Friday night, giving up nine earned runs to the Round Rock Express. In his seven games with Memphis, P.J. has posted a record of 4-1 with a 6.69 ERA. He's been lucky avoiding losses when not pitching well, his luck is running out. He his not pitching anywhere near like a Top Ten Prospect and takes a big fall in this week's ranking. Last week's ranking -#6 (BH#10)

11. Mark Worrell, RHP (MLB-Cardinals) - finally got the call to the ‘Show' that he deserved. I'm not sure how long he'll stay with the major league club, but surely he'll be a key member of the bullpen in 2009 and the experience of this call up will only contribute to his future success. Last week's ranking - #15 (BH#33)

12. Shane Robinson, OF (AA-Springfield) - is still leading the Texas League in batting with a .382 average. I don't understand the ‘Man Love' thing, but you could do a lot worse than ‘Sugar' Shane Robinson, who is batting .400 over his last 10 games as he continues to make his way up through the Prospect Power Rankings. Last week's ranking - #17 (BH-NR)

13. Nick Stavinoha, OF (AAA-Memphis) - continues to play well at Memphis, hitting .342, 7 HRs, 36 RBIs through his 60 games, he's hit .293 with a home run and three RBIs over his last 10 games. You have to like his season splits, he's hitting .328 against lefties and .349 against right-handers. Last week's ranking - #14 (BH#38

14. Allen Craig, 3B (AA-Springfield) - takes a big hit in this week's rankings. Allen went 0-for-5 Sunday, giving some fans reason for concern, as Craig finished the recent Tulsa series, going 0-13, including an 0-6 performance on Friday night in Springfield's 9-4 win. Craig hasn't homered since May 25th and has recorded only two RBIs since the 25th. Despite that, he still leads the club with 11 homers and 40 RBIs. Last week's ranking - #8 (BH#11)

15. Chris Duncan, OF (AAA-Memphis) - with all due respect, Chris isn't any closer to returning to the Cardinals than the day he made his first start for Memphis on the 31st of May. Hitting just .167 in his first five games at Triple-A, this could be a very long disappointing season for the young slugger with a bright future somewhere, if not with St. Louis. Last week's ranking – 11 (BH-NR)

16. Anthony Reyes, RHP (AAA-Memphis) - has about as much chance pitching in St. Louis as I do, as a matter of fact that may be the next Birdhouse contest. The fans get to vote for either between Anthony Reyes and myself as who will make the next appearance in St. Louis, on the mound. Kind of a bizzaro world American Idol. Last week's ranking - #12 (BH-NR)

17. Pete Kozma, SS (A-Quad Cities) - started the season off with a very strong April that got him elected to the MWL All-Star team as a starter. He's off to a good start this month, going 8-for-18 (.444) in the last five games. Last week's ranking - #18 (BH#16)

18. Nick Additon, LHP (A-Quad Cities) has not given up an earned run in his last six games, spanning 26 innings, picking up two wins and a save on the way. He's 5-2 on the season with a 2.30 ERA, but it's his recent performance that catches your eye. Combining two appearances, May 29/Jun 2, Nick pitched nine no-hit innings. Needless to say, Additon is on the rise as he breaks back into the Prospect Power Rankings this week. Last week's ranking - NR

19. Mark Diapoules, RHP (A-Quad Cities) the 20-year-old righthander has only given up one run in his last four appearances (18 innings) dating back to May 24th. Combined with tandem part Nick Additon, the two have been the most dominating duo in the program. A record of 4-0 with a 1.66 ERA this season, is all Diapoules needs to break into the rankings this week. Last week's ranking – NR (BH-NR)

20. Jason Motte, RHP (AAA-Memphis) - is no longer unhittable as opposing batters seem to be adapting to one of our Birdhouse favorites. A 3-2 record with a 4.06 ERA and two saves, with opposing batters now hitting .281 against him, is why Jason has missed out on a potential opportunity to pitch in St. Louis recently. His stock has taken a slight dip. Last week's ranking - #16 (BH#22)

21. David Freese, 3B (AAA-Memphis) - is hitting this .391 this month with two home runs and seven RBIs already, as the third baseman is making his case, that it is he, that is the Cardinals third baseman of the future. Last week's ranking - #22 (BH#13a)

22. Clayton Mortensen, RHP (AAA-Memphis) - made his Triple-A debut Saturday, pitching 5.1 innings, giving up just two runs to suffer his first loss for Memphis. I'm not convinced Mortensen will finish the 2008 campaign at Triple-A, but he's a solid top prospect. Last week's ranking - #21 (BH#9)

23. Mark McCormick, RHP (AA-Springfield) - still pitching in tough luck to some degree, McCormick is still looking for his first Double-A win this season after four starts for Springfield. A record of 0-0, with a 2.36 ERA in four games, 18 innings pitched, Mark has given up only 13 hits in those 18 innings, but he has walked 10 batters, while striking out 11, numbers that will stand out. Last week's ranking - #19 (BH#20)

24. Fernando Salas, RHP (AA-Springfield) - is making closing look easy at Springfield. He's 2-0, with a 1.82 ERA and nine saves through his first 27 games with Springfield and if they will a first half division title, there is a good chance Salas will be on the mound at the time. Last week's ranking – #23 (BH-NR)

25. Adam Ottavino, RHP (AA Springfield) but the former #1 draft pick is hanging on for dear life in the PPR, even though he's pitching a little better in his last two starts. He has failed to pitch through four innings in his five games, and only twice in his last 10 starts. He's being coddled as you would expect of a player with his talent and potential, but his stock is falling, if he can't put together a quality start at some point. Last week's ranking - #20 (BH#5)



Nick Additon is back, after dropping out of the rankings in week four. He was ranked as high as #20 ranking in week three.

Mark Diapoules makes his 2008 Prospect Power Ranking debut as his stock begins to rise.



Shaun Garceau, RHP (A-Palm Beach) – Last week's ranking - #25

Brian Barden, 3B (AAA Memphis) is hitting just .045 this month, not enough to keep him in the PPR this month. Last week's ranking - #24


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