Cardinals Prospect Power Rankings - Week 10

There is no place like home. Colby Rasmus, hitting .370, with three home runs and 11 RBIs this month, returns to the top of the St. Louis Cardinals Prospect Power Rankings.

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 Ten

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


1. Colby Rasmus, CF (AAA-Memphis) - we all knew it was just a matter of time before Rasmus would find his way back to the top of the Birdhouse Prospect Power Rankings, but how could you ignore the season Bryan Anderson is having at Memphis especially as Colby struggled at Triple-A. Rasmus is hitting just .246 on the season, but on a positive note, he's hitting .370 this month with three home runs and 11 RBIs with slash stats of .460/.611/1.071 (OBP/SLG/OPS) the kind of numbers you would associate with an organization's top prospect. Ye of so little faith. Last week's ranking - #3, (BH#1)

2. Chris Perez, RHP (MLB-Cardinals) is still with the Cardinals, I'm not sure how many of our readers thought that he would have 14 major league appearances under belt and would still be on the 25-man roster. A record of 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA after 14 appearances and 9.1 innings pitched would seem to be about par for what you would expect. I don't think Chris will get to make another 14 appearances before getting sent back to Memphis, but it wouldn't surprise me either.– Last week's ranking - #2, (BH#3)

3. Bryan Anderson, C (AAA-Memphis) - drops from top of the perch to the three hole this week after failing to keep pace with Colby Rasmus who is on fire this month. I love this kid and if it wasn't for Colby, fans would be asking me everyday, "What did Anderson do yesterday?" Bryan is hitting a combined .350 on the season between Springfield and Memphis with his bat cooling off some this month, hitting .267 with no home runs and two RBIs in 10 games. With Yadier Molina being carried off the field on a stretcher last night, you could imagine the people looking for Anderson's phone number, including John Mozeliak (he doesn't actually call the player himself, but it makes for a better comment). Last week's ranking - #1, (BH#2)

4. Jess Todd, RHP (AA-Springfield) - will be on the mound for Springfield on Tuesday for what may be the first-half division title game. I don't know how much longer they can keep Jess at Springfield, he's 2-1 with a 0.83 ERA in seven games, six starts, holding opposing batters to a .174 batting average. A ‘Road Warrior', Todd has made four starts on the road for Springfield and while he hasn't won a game, he hasn't lost one either. You don't lose many games when your ERA is 0.40, even on the road. I got him moving up a couple of notches in this week's ranking. Last week's ranking - #6 (BH#18)

5. Jaime Garcia, LHP (AAA-Memphis) - was roughed up in this week's start against the Round Express, giving up six earned runs on six hits and five walks, while striking out only on batter through five complete innings, getting tagged for his third Triple-A loss to go with his three wins this season. Last week's ranking - #5 (BH#3)

6. Joe Mather, OF (AAA-Memphis) - may have tweaked his back in Sunday's game though it is too early to project if he'll land on the Disabled List. He got his first taste of the major leagues, playing in 13 games for the Cardinals, hitting .229 with a home run and three RBIs. Personally I think he had much better at-bats than his results would seem to indicate. He's got major league tools and talent, it's just a matter of time before he's looking for a real estate agent in St. Louis. Last week's ranking - #4, (BH#8)

7. Brett Wallace, 3B (A-Quad Cities) - the Cardinals 2008 First Round Draft pick is expected to be assigned to Quad Cities today. One of the best hitters in college, Wallace is expected to rise in the system in a very timely manner. He's much better at third than has been reported and he's tough as nails and will always give you 110%. You didn't hear all the moaning and groaning with this pick that you heard last year when Pete Kozma went in round one. How long Brett stays in the Top Ten of the PPR will depend on his bat.

8. Steven Hill, UTL (AA-Springfield) - is expected to miss five to six weeks with a broken hand after posting a stellar .312/.354/.548 (BA/OBP/SLG) line in 221 at-bats between Palm Beach and Springfield. His ranking here in the top 10 will depend on how well those below him play over the next month. Last week's ranking - #7 (BH#40)

9. Mitchell Boggs, RHP (MLB-Cardinals) - has made three appearances and two starts for the Cardinals and I thought he looked very sharp Sunday through the first four innings against the Phillies,perhaps the best team in baseball. Boggs gave up just one run before leaving the game in the fifth, with three runs being charged against him. He's likely the next pitcher to get sent back to Memphis, but he'll be back. Last week's ranking - #8 (BH#13)

10. Tyler Herron, RHP (AA-Springfield)- is pitching in a huge game for the Springfield Cardinals today, with a first half division title and home field advantage in the Texas League playoffs on the line. He's put two solid starts together leading up to tonight's game, giving up only one run in his last 12.2 innings on the mound. The Cardinals have their backs against the wall and they are handing the ball to Herron, you have to like their chances. Last week's ranking - #9 (BH#6)

11. Shane Robinson, OF (AA-Springfield) - a/k/a ‘Sugar' Shane Robinson is having an amazing season, besides leading the Texas League in batting with a .372 batting average, his seasonal line stats of .411/.518/.929 (OBP/SLG/OPS) is almost off the charts. He's hit .310 over his last ten games with a home run and six RBIs while scoring eight times as well. Playing solid defense, he leads the TL with 12 outfield assists and he's stolen 12 bases making him a serious offensive threat, despite his smaller stature and the long ball not being a big part of his game. Last week's ranking - #12 (BH-NR)

12. P.J. Walters, RHP (AAA-Memphis) – is one of the luckiest pitchers in the system, with a 5-1 record and a 6.15 ERA at Memphis, after his first eight starts at Triple-A. He had a good start this past week, giving up just two runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out seven in six complete innings. Walters is going to have to rack up some better stats other than his coveted 5-1 record, to stay in the top half of the PPR. Last week's ranking -#10 (BH#10)

13. Mark Worrell, RHP (AAA-Memphis) - is back at Memphis for now where he'll continue to post amazing numbers in the minors. This season he's 1-1 with a 1.88 ERA in 21 games, 24 innings pitch. He doesn't have anything else to prove in the minors, as far as I'm concern. I'm a Worrell fan and I'm looking forward to his return to the show. Last week's ranking - #11 (BH#33)

14. Nick Stavinoha, OF (AAA-Memphis) - is playing above expectations, at least above what I was expecting this season, hitting .343 with eight home runs and 44 RBIs. Look at Nick's splits, he's hitting .329 against lefties and .349 against righties, for anyone paying attention. Hopefully he'll be in St. Louis in September and have a chance to showcase his talent and hot bat. Last week's ranking - #13 (BH#38)

15. Pete Kozma, SS (A-Quad Cities) - has rebounded from a tough month at the plate in May, hitting .189 in 25 games for the River Bandits, to hitting .324 through the first nine games of this month. Possessing a burning desire to succeed, after this season fans should have a better appreciation as to why the Cardinals took Kozma in round one of the 2007 First Year Player Draft. Last week's ranking - #17 (BH#16)

16. Nick Additon, LHP (A-Quad Cities) - you can't help but notice the season Nick has had this season. He is coming off of a Midwest League Pitcher of the Week award on June 9th, and that was before he pitched another 4.2 shutout innings on the 13th against the Beloit Snappers. Nick hasn't given up an earned run in his last seven games, spanning 30.2 innings pitched, while posting a 3-1 record with a 1.58 ERA in the meantime, in his last 10 games. He isn't supposed to be this good, but please keep it to yourself sports fans. Last week's ranking – 18 (BH-NR)

17. David Freese, 3B (AAA-Memphis) - is having a good season at Memphis, despite a rough week hitting just .100 (2-for-20). Freese has hit 10 home runs this year, three of them within the last 10 games. Another year of seasoning in the minors and this kid could have a shot at the hot corner, for St. Louis in 2010. Last week's ranking - #21 (BH#13a)

18. Clayton Mortensen, RHP (AAA-Memphis) - it's hard to believe that Mortensen is already at Triple-A Memphis. Times they are a changing. He was just drafted in the supplemental round of the 2007 draft. He's only appeared in one game since last week's ranking, giving up three earned runs in 5.1 innings against the Round Rock Express this past Friday, scattering six hits and three walks, while he struck out seven. He's the real deal. Last week's ranking - #22 (BH#9)

19. Brian Barden, SS (AAA-Memphis) - responded by getting bumped out of the PPR last week, by hitting .440 (11-for-25) with two home runs, five doubles and scoring eight runs. He's been around awhile. He was drafted in the sixth round of the 2002 First Year Player Draft by Arizona and if he doesn't get a chance to make the Cardinals ballclub out of spring training in 09, there may be somebody else willing to take a chance with him. Last week's ranking – NR (BH-NR)

20. Lance Lynn, RHP (Pending) - the expectation is that it won't take Lynn long before he will have some impact at the major league level. He doesn't have great stuff, but he knows how to pitch and he's consistent. Scouts are impressed by his track record, though you are usually looking at tools when drafting a player than results. Ther are some, including me who think he has the potential to be a #3 major league starter.

21. Fernando Salas, RHP (AA-Springfield) - appeared in three games this past week, getting tagged with a loss and picking up two saves to help keep the Cardinals in contention for a first-half Texas League division title. He's putting together a great season and will be part of the second wave of prospects to break into the major leagues under Jeff Luhnow's and John Mozeliak's watch. Last week's ranking – #24 (BH-NR)

22. Allen Craig, 3B (AA-Springfield) - is in a terrible slump, hitting just .182 this month, with no home runs and only one extra base hit, a double about two weeks ago. If the Cardinals fail to clinch a first half division title, while it's not fair, some of the blame will be laid at the feet of the UC Berkeley alumni. Last week's ranking - #14 (BH#11)

23. Mark Diapoules, RHP (A-Quad Cities) - has gotten roughed up in his last two starts, giving up eight runs in just 5.1 innings pitched. He has a 4-0 record with a very good 3.20 ERA on the season. Last week's ranking – 19 (BH-NR)

24. Mark McCormick, RHP (AA-Springfield) - is having a very rough stretch, since getting promoted to Springfield, Mark has gone 0-2 with a 6.08 ERA in six appearances, 23.2 innings pitched. In three starts this month, the former first round supplemental draft pick is 0-2 with a 9.24 ERA. Despite pitching well at times, McCormick still hasn't racked up a win this season. Last week's ranking - #23 (BH#20)

25. Jason Motte, RHP (AAA-Memphis) - he only pitched 2.1 innings this past week and he's hasn't really been on his game since April when he posted a record of 1-1, 2.19 ERA in 12 games, 12.1 innings pitched. This month he's gone 1-1, with a bloated 6.75 ERA, his stock is falling until we see some more movement on his fastball. Last week's ranking - #20 (BH#22)


WHO BROKE INTO THE POWER RANKINGS THIS WEEK;

Brett Wallace, 3B (A-Quad Cities)
Lance Lane, RHP (Pending)
Brian Barden, SS (AAA-Memphis)

WHO DROPPED OUT OF THE POWER RANKINGS FROM THIS WEEK;

Adam Ottavino, RHP (AA Springfield) - Last week's ranking - #25 (BH#5)
Chris Duncan, OF (AAA-Memphis)- Last week's ranking – 15 (BH-NR)
Anthony Reyes, RHP (AAA-Memphis)- Last week's ranking - #16 (BH-NR)

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