Cardinals Prospect Power Rankings Week #12

Clayton Mortensen, picked up two wins this past week, making just his fourth & fifth Triple-A starts. In the 13.2 innings he gave up just one run, as he improves to 3-1 with a 3.03 ERA, on the season for Memphis.

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


1. Colby Rasmus, CF (AAA-Memphis) - has made the necessary adjustments for playing at the Triple-A level. He went 0-for-4 Sunday, but prior to the game Rasmus had reached base in 35 consecutive games. He hit just .210 in April, but his performance this month, hitting .340, 4HRs, 15RBIs, has raised his batting average to a more respectable .253. Last week's ranking - #1, (BH#1)

2. Chris Perez, RHP (MLB-Cardinals) – hasn't been as dominate as a lot of fans were expecting this season, yet the bottom line is, he's 2-0 with a decent 3.93 ERA, playing for the first time in the majors. He's got a blown save in his only opportunity to save a game for the Cardinals, but he's still the future closer in the system, it's way too early to eat one of our young. Give the kid some time. Last week's ranking - #2, (BH#3)

3. Jess Todd, RHP (AA-Springfield) - got the start in the TL All-Star Game and struck out five of the seven batters he faced over two scoreless innings. The Springfield Cardinals pitcher has been named to the Future's Game and will play for the U.S. Team at Yankee Stadium on July 13th, as part of Major League Baseball's All-Star Game Festivities. Sunday, Todd tossed an eight inning gem, giving up only two hits and a walk, while striking out 10 batters, in what ended up being one of the toughest no-decisions of the year. Last week's ranking - #4, (BH#18)

4. Bryan Anderson, C (AAA-Memphis) - hit his first Triple-A home run this week, his defense is improving and he's showing much better plate discipline recently, cutting his strike outs in half from the previous month. He's hitting .333 with runners in scoring position, it will be interesting to see what the Cardinals plan on doing with him as we near the trade deadline and look ahead at September call ups. Anderson will also be representing the Cardinals in the Future's Game. Last week's ranking - #3, (BH#2)

5. Jaime Garcia, LHP (AAA-Memphis) - picked up the win for the ‘Birds Thursday night with 6.2 solid innings. The lefty fanned 10 and gave up five runs, three earned, with no walks for his fourth win for Memphis. John Mozeliak, the Cardinals GM will likely call up Garcia in the next couple of weeks, if Mark Mulder falters in his role as a reliever. Garcia was also named to the Future's Game roster. Last week's ranking - #5 (BH#3)

6. Joe Mather, OF (AAA-Memphis) - had a big night against New Orleans this week, going 3-for-4 with a home run and a double, driving in five runs. This past week he's driven in nine runs. Hitting .314 in June with three home runs and 11 RBIs, you have to wonder how long the Cardinals can leave his bat at Memphis, with Chris Duncan struggling so much in St. Louis. Last week's ranking - #6, (BH#8)

7. Brett Wallace, 3B (A-Quad Cities) - should be in St. Louis this week for the announcement of his contract signing. The Cardinals 2008 First-Round draft pick is expected to join the Quad Cities River Bandits after the press conference. Last week's ranking-#7, (BH-NR)

8. Mitchell Boggs, RHP (MLB-Cardinals) - is getting big time run support from the Cardinals, 7+ per nine innings, that is certainly helping in his transition to the major leagues. If for no other reason to keep the rookie around, Boggs picked up a big win against the Kansas City Royals on Saturday. He gave up just one run on four hits and four walks, while striking out six major league hitters. After four starts he's 3-0 with a 4.37 ERA. Until somebody can prove they can be better than Boggs, he's going to be with the Cardinals for a couple more weeks. Last week's ranking - #9 (BH#13)

9. Shane Robinson, OF (AAA-Memphis) - was very impressive in his AutoZone Park debut, Thursday night, going 4-for-5 with a double and run scored. In his first seven for Memphis, Robinson is hitting .400 (10-for-25) and playing solid defense, after hitting .352 with four home runs and 32 RBIs, in 63 games at Springfield. There has been some speculation that Robinson will be sent back to Double-A after the Cardinals send somebody back to Memphis. If it gets to the point that he has trouble getting at-bats at Memphis, he should go back to Springfield for the rest of this season, but you have to start Robinson at Memphis next season. Last week's ranking - #11 (BH-NR)

10. Clayton Mortensen, RHP (AAA-Memphis) - picked up two wins, making just his fourth & fifth Triple-A starts this week. Clayton turned in 7.2 strong innings Monday night. He allowed one run on seven hits in his longest outing with the Redbirds, while pitching out of several jams to pick up the win. Saturday, he had another strong outing, pitching six complete innings, giving up only one run on four hits and two walks, while striking out three. When the Cardinals GM is thinking about major league quality pitching prospects in the minors, Mortensen is on the top of a very short list. This week, he makes the biggest leap in the history of the PPR. Last week's ranking - #19 (BH#9)

11. Nick Additon, LHP (A-Quad Cities) - was selected in the 47th round of the 2006 draft and signed as a draft-and-follow on 5/30/07 out of Indian River Community College, but you'd never know it. The Bandits' staff ace is pitching more like a Tampa Bay first-round pick, posting a record of 6-2 with a 2.28 ERA, in 18 games, 12 starts for Quad Cities. In his last 10 appearances, he's 3-0 with an ERA of 0.97, giving up only five runs in 46.1 innings pitched, with a slightly better than two-to-one strike out to walk ratio. He didn't have is best stuff this earlier this past week, but he bounced back with a big win on Sunday. Additon had a 31.2-inning scoreless streak from May 10-June 19, which at the time was the longest this season in all of Minor League Baseball. Nick's stock is rising and I have to ask myself, is this kid the best lefty we have down on the farm? Last week's ranking – 16 (BH-NR)

12. Pete Kozma, SS (A-Quad Cities) - goes through those hot and cold spells that you can expect from a lot of young players in their first full season of professional baseball. Pete went 0-for-8 on the weekend, ending a six-game hitting streak in which he hit .375 (9-24) with five runs scored and five walks. He's hitting .284 this month and playing solid defense, a big improvement over his production in May. Last week's ranking - #15 (BH#16)

13. Jon Jay, OF (AA-Springfield) - is almost hitting .400 this month, starting the day at .398 (37-for-93). In his last ten games, he's hitting .385 with two home runs and eight RBIs. His on-base-percentage is up to .388 due to seven walks he's taken in the last two weeks. He's hit 11 home runs this season, after hitting just four last year. A second round pick, Jay is probably well on his way back to the upper echelons of the Cardinals prospect rankings. Last week's ranking - #21 (BH#19)

14. Lance Lynn, RHP (SS Batavia) - the Cardinals First-Round supplemental pick, 39th overall in the 2008 draft, pitched two hitless innings, striking out one and walking one in his profession debut. After two starts, (at least he started the games), with a combined total of just 3.2 innings pitched, he's given up two hits and three walks, while striking out two. Last week's ranking – #18 (BH-NR)

15. David Freese, 3B (AAA-Memphis) - has found his power stroke, hitting six home runs this month, giving him 12 on the season. Playing solid defense at third, I think David is doing everything that is asked of him and then some. Again, considering he's made the jump all the way to Triple-A since coming to St. Louis in the Edmonds trade, you have to be pleased with his results. Last week's ranking - #20 (BH#13a)

16. P.J. Walters, RHP (AAA-Memphis) – has made 11 starts this season for Memphis, posting a record of 6-1, with a 4.75 ERA. He's gotten a lot of run support and he's needed it, as Triple-A hitters are hitting a robust .299 against him this season. A 11th round pick in the June 2006 First-Year Player Draft, Walters may be hitting a wall, to date, that is until this season, I think he has exceeded some expectations, but now, I'm thinking, we may be looking for too much, too soon from the big right-hander from South Alabama. Last week's ranking -#12 (BH#10)

17. Mark Worrell, RHP (AAA-Memphis) - struggled in his short stint in the majors, but I'm still higher than most on Mark and he should be in the bullpen mix as a setup man for the Cardinals in 2009. He's given up only one earned run in his last 10 minor league appearances, picking up two saves on the way, while he has walked four and struck out 18 in 10.2 innings pitched. Last week's ranking - #13 (BH#33)

18. Nick Stavinoha, OF (MLB-Cardinals) - isn't getting a lot of playing time in St. Louis, he just got 10 at-bats this past week and through his first four games for the Cardinals, he's hitting .250 (4-for-16). He'll likely finish the second half of the season at Memphis, but he's made, what I think of as, a big comeback this season, after almost falling out of our Birdhouse Annual Prospect Rankings this year, Nick is back, in the ‘Nick of Time' and a career in the majors, may be within his grasp. If not with St. Louis, with someone else. Last week's ranking - #14 (BH#38)

19. Steven Hill, UTL (AA-Springfield) - a fan favorite, is taking a fall in the rankings, due only to the broken hand that will keep him sidelined for at least another month. Hopefully the Cardinals will send him to the Arizona Fall League, to try to salvage something out of the 2008 season. Prior to his injury, Hill was hitting .303 with five home runs and nine RBIs in his first 26 games for the Cardinals after punishing Class A pitchers, for the Palm Beach Cardinals. Last week's ranking - #8 (BH#40)

20. Tyler Herron, RHP (AA-Springfield) – a supplemental first-round pick in 2005, is consider by the organization as one of their top pitching prospects. In his first 10 starts for Double-A Springfield, Herron has posted a record of 4-4 with a 5.10 ERA. He was roughed up Saturday, giving up five earned runs in five innings pitched against the Frisco RoughRiders. Last week's ranking - #10 (BH#6)

21. Brian Barden, SS (AAA-Memphis) - is having a good season at Memphis, he's no longer a third baseman playing at short, write it down, he's a shortstop. He's been around awhile, originally drafted in the sixth round by Arizona in the 2002 First-Year Player draft. He had a huge weekend facing New Orleans, hitting .533 (8-for-15) with a double, a triple and his eight home run on the season. Last week's ranking – #17 (BH-NR)

22 . Allen Craig, 3B (AA-Springfield) - Cards third baseman Allen Craig has gone more than a month without a home run, as he's been stuck on 11 since May 25th, when he homered in a 4-1 win at Corpus Christi. Craig is still tied for the team-lead with his 11 homers and is tops on the club in RBIs with 47. Defensively, Craig's .953 fielding percentage, leads the Texas League. Last week's ranking - #23 (BH#11)

23. Fernando Salas, RHP (AA-Springfield) - only made one appearance this past week, a scoreless frame Friday night as the Cardinals lost to Frisco 5-1. On the season, he's 3-1 with a 2.47 ERA with 12 saves. His strikeout to walk ratio is out of this world, he's struck out 65 batters while walking just 10 in 43.2 innings pitched. He's effective against both left and right-handed hitters, holding them to a .226 and .186 batting average, respectively. Last week's ranking – #22 (BH-NR)

24. Shane Peterson, OF (SS-Batavia) - the Cardinals second-round pick out of this year's draft, is off to a decent start at Batavia, hitting .289 (11-for-39) through his first 11 games. Two of his 11 hits have been doubles, the only extra-base hits so far, and it's his lack of power that concerns some, about his potential as a corner outfielder in the major leagues. Last week's ranking – 24 (BH-NR)

25. Richard Castillo, RHP (A-Quad Cities) - Richard Castillo threw five no-hit innings in his Midwest League debut. Castillo (1-0), an 18-year-old right-hander from Venezuela, did not allow a run or a hit over five impressive innings while winning his first game in a River Bandits uniform. He allowed just three baserunners on the night - all of which reached base consecutively on two errors and a walk in the fourth inning - while striking out six and leaving the game with a 5-0 lead after 80 pitches. He was tagged with a loss on Saturday, after giving up four runs on six hits, through five innings. Last week's ranking – 25 (BH-NR)

No debuts, additions or losses in this week's rankings.

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