Cardinals Prospect Power Rankings Week #13

Shortstop Shane Peterson, the Cardinals second-round draft pick this year out of Cal State Long Beach, is hitting .526 (10-for-19) this month with a line of .609/.632/1.240 (OBP,SLG,OPS), as he starts to move up in the 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 13 Legend: NR-not rated; BH# - 2008 Birdhouse Top 40 Prospect Ranking

1. Colby Rasmus, CF (AAA-Memphis)- is suffering from a strained groin that has caused him to be out of the lineup since July 1. The injury is not consider serious enough to place him even on the minor league 7-day DL. His status is day-to-day and the Cardinals top prospect. Last week's ranking - #1, (BH#1)

2. Chris Perez, RHP (MLB-Cardinals) –is still on the major league roster, with a 2-0 record and a 3.80 ERA. He survived the latest roster moves but would have to be considered on the bubble with the return of Chris Carpenter and Matt Clement looming on the horizon. Last week's ranking - #2, (BH#3)

3. Jess Todd, RHP (AA-Springfield) - the Texas League Pitcher of the Week, twice already this season and an All-Star, could use some love from the baseball Gods. He has a 2-3 record after 10 starts, 11 appearances for Springfield despite a 1.69 ERA and holding opposing batters to a .190 ERA. He's had one bad outing this season and his stock continues rise. Last week's ranking - #3, (BH#18)

4. Bryan Anderson, C (AAA-Memphis) - one of the youngest players in the league, Anderson continues to impress. He's hitting .378 with his first Triple-A home run and 10 RBIs over his last ten games. He continues to play well behind the plate and has a great arm, I think he's had seven pass balls in 41 games, so that is a concern, but that is why he's in the minors. He's work in progress and he's progressing just fine. Last week's ranking - #4, (BH#2)

5. Jaime Garcia, LHP (AAA-Memphis) - was roughed up Sunday, giving up six runs on eight hits and four walks in just 4.1 innings, but escaped with a no-decision. A 4-4 record with a 4.59 ERA is not the kind of numbers I was expecting from him. Less than half of his last 10 starts have been quality starts, so he's having some problem adjusting to Triple-A, after posting a 3-2 record with a 2.06 ERA at Springfield to start the season, making six starts for the Double-A Cardinals. Last week's ranking - #5 (BH#3)

6. Joe Mather, OF (MLB-St. Louis) - got the call to St. Louis Sunday, a story we broke late Saturday night. Mather is the best looking pure prospect that I've seen up close, I can't imagine him not being a major league star and I'd like to see the Cardinals just put him in the line and leave him there. Of course that isn't going to happen. Last week's ranking - #6, (BH#8)

7. Brett Wallace, 3B (A-Quad Cities) - the Cardinals 2008 first round draft pick, has gotten his first hit, first RBI and first home run under his belt this past week. Wallace next to Colby Rasmus may have the highest ceiling of any player in the Cardinals farm system, he's certainly going to be one of the most exciting players in the minors. I would also suggest it would be wrong to under-estimate his ability to play third. Last week's ranking-#7, (BH-NR)

8. Clayton Mortensen, RHP (AAA-Memphis) - has won four straight for Memphis and is actually pitching better at the Triple-A level than he had at Memphis. After his first six games, he's 4-1 with a 2.70 ERA. He's only given up two runs in his last three starts, 20.2 innings pitched. He's on his way to the show in 2009. Last week's ranking - #10 (BH#9)

9. Mitchell Boggs, RHP (AAA-Memphis) - earned Brownie points from me with his performance in St. Louis. He has a 3-1 major league record with a 6.59 ERA after six games, including five starts. His overall numbers weren't good enough to keep him on the 25-man roster, but he showed excellent composure and guts, to gut out some tough outings and innings. He wasn't ready for the majors this time, but it's just a matter of time. Last week's ranking - #8 (BH#13)

10. Nick Additon, LHP (A-Quad Cities) - has exceeded all expectations this season, at one point tossing 31.2 scoreless frames, but still has trouble showing up on a lot of radar screens because he was a draft-and-follow 47th round draft pick in 2006. I would bet that he's going to be one of the best 47th round picks in the history of the Cardinals. He continues do dominate at the Class A level, he's 3-0 with a 1.14 ERA over his last 10 starts, and on the 4th of July, he held Cedar Rapids to one earned run in six innings, picking up his seventh win on the season. His stock is rising, if nowhere else, at least here "In the House". Last week's ranking – 11 (BH-NR)

11. Pete Kozma, SS (A-Quad Cities) - "When your hot your hot, when your not, your", country music singer Jerry Reed, may have been singing this song about Pete Kozma, because it seems he's either on fire or cold as ice. He's hitting .292 this month through his first six games and continues to impress with his play on defense. Last week's ranking - #12 (BH#16)

12. Jon Jay, OF (AA-Springfield) - the Birdhouse and Cardinals player of the Month for June, Jay has suffered a setback with a tender right shoulder and hasn't played since July 1. Jay hit .385 with six home runs and 19 RBIs while scoring 22 runs in 26 games for the Cardinals. The Cardinals second- round draft pick only hit .235 in 26 games for Springfield last season, so seeing him play at this level this year is very good news. Let's hope he makes it back into the lineup soon. Last week's ranking - #13 (BH#19)

13. Lance Lynn, RHP (SS Batavia) - the Cardinals first-round supplemental pick in this year's draft, hasn't given up an earned run in his first three appearances, including two starts. He has a record of 1-0 with an ERA of 0.00. In 6.2 innings, he's given up three hits and two walks, while striking out five. He makes the most of his less than pure great stuff. Last week's ranking – #14 (BH-NR)

14. David Freese, 3B (AAA-Memphis) - is off to a great start this month, hitting .375 in July and .324 over his last ten games. Ranked by the Birdhouse prior to the season as the Cardinals 13a prospect in the Top 40 Prospect Rankings, David is holding his own this season and actually playing a little better than expected of late. I've watched him play a few games at third and his defense and playing judgment is still a work in progress, but I'm confident that he'll continue to improve. Last week's ranking - #15 (BH#13a)

15. Shane Robinson, OF (AAA-Memphis) - is going through his first slump of the season, hitting just .150 through six games in July and .243 over his last 10 games. He's getting some at-bats because Colby Rasmus has been sidelined with an injury and Joey Mather is back in St. Louis, which will keep him in the lineup for now. He may have trouble getting at-bats with Memphis when Rasmus returns. Last week's ranking - #9 (BH-NR)

16. Nick Stavinoha, OF (AAA-Memphis) - will be representing the Redbirds in the PCL All-Star game. Nick is hitting .360 this month through the first six games. This season, he's recovered his power stroke that was absent most of the 2007 campaign. He got a brief cup of coffee in the majors and it will be interesting to see where he fits into the organization's plans for 2009. Last week's ranking - #18 (BH#38)

17 . Allen Craig, 3B (AA-Springfield) - was named to the Texas League All-Star this season and while most knew he could hit, but like I said at the beginning of the season, he was a much better defensive third baseman than the experts would have you believe. He's led the Texas League with the highest fielding percentage among third basemen for most of the season. He's hitting .409 this month with two home runs and five RBIs through five games, his improved defense and hot bat is contributing to his rise in the PPR. Last week's ranking - #22 (BH#11)

18. Brian Barden, SS (AAA-Memphis) - one of the hottest hitters in the PCL this month, I'd have no problem seeing him in St. Louis if there is an injury to one of the middle infielders. He can play short and third, though he's playing short for Memphis most of the time. He's hitting .362 with three home runs and six RBIs, while scoring 10 runs in his last 10 games. Barden was named the Cardinals ‘Minor League Player of the Month' for May and could repeat, if he can maintain the pace that he has started this month. The Cardinals are looking for offense, they could get a spark if Barden has to be called up in an emergency. He's on the verge from going from a prospect to a minor league journeyman, he's another one that it will be interesting to see what the Cardinals do with him this winter. Last week's ranking – #21 (BH-NR)

19. Mark Worrell, RHP (AAA-Memphis) - picked up a save this past week, in two games, three innings pitched, he gave up just one hit, walked one and struck out two. He didn't have a good major league debut this season, but he'll be back. I'm frustrated by the lack of credit Worrell is given for his performance this season. What does the kid have to do, he's holding Triple-A hitters to a .211 batting average and he has an ERA of 1.93 after 29 minor league games, 32.2 innings pitched. I'd like to see him get more opportunities to close out games. Last week's ranking - #17 (BH#33)

20. Fernando Salas, RHP (AA-Springfield) - his 15 saves leads the Texas League, and he's racked up four saves in his last five appearances. The Texas League Mid-Season All-Star had a couple of bad appearances last month, but he' rebounded and allowed only three hits and two runs since June 20. Last week's ranking – #23 (BH-NR)

21. Shane Peterson, OF (SS-Batavia) - the Cardinals second-round draft pick in this year draft, is hitting .361 for Batavia this season. There were some that thought he didn't belong in the PPR, he has responded by covering me, hitting .526 (10-for-19) this past week. Last week's ranking – 24 (BH-NR)

22. Richard Castillo, RHP (A-Quad Cities) - pitched seven shutout innings Thursday, giving up only four hits and two walks. The 18-year-old right-hander is holding opposing batters to a .169 ERA. He's walked three batters in 17.0 innings, while striking out 15. The kid is a stud and his stock is rising faster than gas prices and the cost of milk. Last week's ranking – 25 (BH-NR)

23. Niko Vasquez, SS (R-Johnson City) - making his debut in the PPR, the Cardinals third-round draft pick has one of the best infield arms in the system. He's hitting .313 with three home runs and 14 RBIs through his first 18 games and he's only made one error on the field. He is talented enough, he could play second, short or third, so it will be interesting to see where he gets the bulk of his playing time. Last week's ranking - NR (BH-NR)

24. Daryl Jones, OF (A-Palm Beach)- has rebounded from a poor 2007 season at Quad Cities, where he hit .217 last season to putting one of the best seasons in the Cardinals organization this year, hitting .320 with six home runs and 29 RBIs in 74 games for Palm Beach. He has an OBP of .402, has stolen 16 bases and scored 39 runs this season. If you have written him off after last season, you may want to reconsider. The Cardinals third round draft pick in June, is back on track. Last week's ranking – NR (BH-NR)

25. Jermaine Curtis, 3B (SS-Batavia) - the Cardinals fifth-round draft pick in this year's draft may not stay at third as his arm is suspect. He's hitting .339 (20-for-59) with a home run and seven RBIs through his first 15 games as a professional. Seven of his 20 hits have been for extra bases, including five doubles and a triple. He has a line of .409/.508/.918. Last week's ranking - NR (BH-NR)

 

WHO BROKE INTO THE POWER RANKINGS THIS WEEK

23. Niko Vasquez, SS (R-Johnson City)
24. Daryl Jones, OF (A-Palm Beach)
25. Jermaine Curtis, 3B (SS-Batavia)



WHO DROPPED OUT OF THE POWER RANKINGS FROM THIS WEEK

Steven Hill, UTL (AA-Springfield) - it took a broken hand to knock Hill out of the power rankings, that, combined with some exceptional play by others, including some members of the 2008 draft class. Last week's ranking -#19 (BH#40)

P.J. Walters, RHP (AAA-Memphis) –He's racking up the wins, but opponents are hitting .305 against him this season, that gives you some concern. Last week's ranking -#16 (BH#10)

Tyler Herron, RHP (AA-Springfield) 

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