Cardinals Prospect Power Rankings: Week #15

Olympian Colby Rasmus remains on top of this week's 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 15 Coming after a Four-Part Series Review in Week 14
Legend: NR-not rated; BH# - 2008 Birdhouse Top 40 Prospect Ranking


1. Colby Rasmus, CF (AAA-Memphis)- just came out with their national Top 100 Prospect Rankings and our own Colby Rasmus was ranked 3rd in the nation. That's good enough to keep you at the top of the PPR. After a slow start has raised his batting average to a semi-respectable .248, but he's hitting just .167 through his first four games this month, after missing playing time with a strained groin injury. Last week's ranking - #1, (BH#1)

2. Chris Perez, RHP (AAA-Memphis) – The closer of the future could see more playing time in this season, though he didn't appear to be major league ready initially. He's 1-0 with an ERA of 0.90 and three saves in his last 10 appearances for the Memphis Redbirds, so he doesn't have much more to prove in the Pacific Coast League. Last week's ranking - #2, (BH#2)

3. Jess Todd, RHP (AA-Springfield) - Pitched six shutout innings against the Cardinals division rivals Northwest Arkansas. He's 3-2 with a 2.24 ERA in his last 10 starts. Since the All-Star break he's holding opposing batters to a .202 batting average. His stock is rising. Last week's ranking - #3, (BH#18)

4. Jaime Garcia, LHP (MLB-Cardinals) - By the time I get this published, Garcia is probably on his way back to Memphis, but you have to admire the job he did against the San Diego Padres on Sunday. There is little doubt in my mind that he could step up and take a place in the back of the rotation in 2009. Last week's ranking - #5 (BH#3)

5. Bryan Anderson, C (AAA-Memphis) - The old saying around Busch Stadium is if you can catch and have an arm like a rocket, hitting is a bonus for a backstop. That being the case, makes having Anderson on the depth chart is a bonus. Bryan hit .320 before the All-Star break, despite hitting .250 in 10 games in July so far. A 4th round draft pick in 2005, Anderson has made dramatic progress. Last week's ranking - #4, (BH#2)

6. Joe Mather, OF (AAA-Memphis) - If the Cardinals weren't carrying so many pitchers, they would have a spot for Mather, who has played solid defense and even has had good at-bats at times without the results you would hope for. For Memphis, he's hitting .306, 17 HRs, 41 RBIs in 57 games with a line of .411/.636/1.046 (OBP/SLG/OPS). Last week's ranking - #6, (BH#8)

7. Brett Wallace, 3B (A-Quad Cities) - The rave of the 2008 draft class, as we expected, Wallace can hit. He's hitting .360, 2 HRs, 7 RBIs through his first 15 professional games, with a very impressive line of .492/.600/1.092. I've heard some fans asking if Wallace will get promoted to St. Louis in September; well the kid is good, but let's get about 150 games at least under his belt in the minors. Last week's ranking-#7, (BH-NR)

8. Mitchell Boggs, RHP (AAA-Memphis) - Shouldn't unpack any bags with the way the Cardinals are handling their pitching rotation or assignments this season. There is something seriously wrong when you are carrying 13 pitchers, but you still don't have enough pitchers from one series to the next. On the season, he's 6-1 with an ERA of 3.09 and while he can also boast of a 3-1 record in the majors, he wasn't as effective as one would hope, allowing opposing batters to hit .283. The kid has guts and heart; you have to respect that. He'll get a chance again to show that he belongs in the majors before this season is over. Last week's ranking - #9 (BH#13)

9. Nick Additon, LHP (A-Quad Cities) - He is proving he belongs here in the rankings, even if he's not getting as much attention anywhere else than here. He's 8-3 with a 2.64 ERA for Quad Cities and as far as I'm concerned he's the staff ace. He got hit hard a couple of weeks ago, but you take a look at his last 10 games, he's posted a record of 4-1 with a 2.32 ERA. His stock is rising, even if I'm the only buyer. Last week's ranking – #10 (BH-NR)

10. Pete Kozma, SS (A-Quad Cities) - Following Kozma's performance this season is like riding the "Screaming Eagle" at Six Flags; it has its ups and downs, as he goes through some very hot streaks, followed by some very cool if not cold streaks. This month Pete is hitting .290 through 17 games and he's still playing solid defense. Pete has proven to most of his detractors that he is a legit number one pick. Last week's ranking - #11 (BH#16)

11. Clayton Mortensen, RHP (AAA-Memphis) - Was roughed up in his last start against New Orleans, giving up eight earned runs on nine hits and two walks in just 4.1 innings pitched. There probably isn't a pitcher in the minors that the Cardinals are any higher on, so he takes a hit in the rankings this week, but not as hard as one might expect. Last week's ranking - #8 (BH#9)

12. Lance Lynn, RHP (SS-Batavia) - Lynn is 1-0 with a 0.61 ERA through his first five games with Batavia. Lance has given up just one earned run in 14.2 innings pitched. He's walked three and struck out 15. What else could you ask from the Cardinals first round supplemental pick out of the University of Mississippi in this year's draft? Last week's ranking – #13 (BH-NR)

13. Nick Stavinoha, OF (AAA-Memphis) - I can't be any happier for anyone than I am for Nick this season, as the kid just keeps hitting. Prior to Monday's game he's hitting .346 on the season, including a batting average of .364 against lefties and .339 against righties. He's found his power stroke with 13 home runs this season, four of them coming in the last ten games. Only one home run came off a lefty, but I would have liked to see Nick get a few more bats in the majors this season. Hopefully, he'll get a chance to play in St. Louis again before the season is over. Last week's ranking - #16 (BH#38)

14 . Allen Craig, 3B (AA-Springfield) - When Craig is hitting, the Cardinals are winning. He's hitting .350 in his last 10 games with three home runs, eight RBIs and seven runs scored as the Springfield Cardinals find themselves back in first place. So far this month he's hitting .375, after a slump in June when he hit just .247 with no home runs. Keep an eye on Craig's bat, if he's hitting, the Cardinals will be playing in the postseason again this year. Again, he's playing much better defense than a lot of pundits have predicted; he's among the league leaders among third basemen in fielding percentage. Last week's ranking - #27 (BH#11)

15. Brian Barden, SS (AAA-Memphis) - Selected along with teammate Colby Rasmus for the Olympics, Barden is now playing at short and has put together a solid season, going into Monday's game with a .295 batting average with nine home runs and 35 RBIs. He has a good line of .362/.443/.806, but he's hitting just .224 through the first 15 July games. Last week's ranking – #18 (BH-NR)

16. David Freese, 3B (AAA-Memphis) - Freese is having a solid season, hitting .271 with 16 HRs and 51 RBIs in 90 games for the Redbirds. A solid glove at third, he continues to show signs of improvement in his overall play this season. Last week's ranking - #14 (BH#13a)

17. Shane Robinson, OF (AAA-Memphis) - Remember Sugar Shane Robinson; he's kind of gotten lost in the outfield shuffle at Memphis. He's hitting just .265 in his 24 games a Triple-A, a big drop from the .352 number he had posted at Springfield. A return trip to Springfield may be in order; regardless it's too early to give up on the fifth round pick out of Florida State University in 2006. Last week's ranking - #15 (BH-NR)

18. Jon Jay, OF (AA-Springfield) - Jay is proving to his detractors as to why he was a second round pick in 2006. Hitting .324 prior to the All-Star break, Jay's bat has cooled off in the 16 games played since, hitting just .238 (12-for-46). Of his 12 hits since the break only one is for extra bases, a double coming back on July 14th. So there is some reason for concern with his hitting taking a dive this month. Last week's ranking - #12 (BH#19)

19. Fernando Salas, RHP (AA-Springfield) - Salas is 4-2 with a 3.29 ERA and a Texas League leading 17 saves. He's getting a little roughed up in the second half of the season, but he's still holding opposing batters to a .234 batting average since the All-Star break. Last week's ranking – #20 (BH-NR)

20. Mark Worrell, RHP (AAA-Memphis) - Worrell is still pitching well, posting a 1-1 record with a 3.27 ERA in his last 10 appearances for the Redbirds. He's 2-2 with a 2.15 ERA on the season with four saves. I'd still like to see him get more save opportunities, but those appear to be going to Chris Perez and Kelvin Jimenez, when they aren't on the Cardinals 25-man roster. Last week's ranking - #19 (BH#33)

21. Shane Peterson, OF (SS-Batavia) - The Cardinals' second round draft pick this season is hitting .344 through his first 24 games, with a line of .455/.422/.877. He's hitting, though as we expected he hasn't displayed a lot of power, with only seven of his 31 base hits being for extra-bases, all doubles. Last week's ranking – 21 (BH-NR)

22. Richard Castillo, RHP (A-Quad Cities) - The kid got a little roughed up Sunday night, giving up two runs on three hits and two walks in three innings while striking out four. I would have liked to see him pitch five or six innings, and work around the trouble he got into, but that isn't going to happen at Quad Cities, I'm sticking with Castillo in my Top 25. Last week's ranking – 22 (BH-NR)

23. Niko Vasquez, SS (R-Johnson City) - From Dustin Mattison's Hot News Flash on 07/19: The third round draft pick in the 2008 MLB First Year Player draft is hitting .347/.450/.555 in 101 at bats. Of his 35 hits, 14 have been for extra bases. Among Appalachian League hitters, Vasquez ranks second in on base percentage, fifth in doubles, and ninth in batting average and slugging percentage. That about wraps it up as far as I'm concerned. Niko's stock is rising and he could potentially be ranked in the Top 10 by the time this season is over. Last week's ranking – 23 (BH-NR)

24. Daryl Jones, OF (A-Palm Beach)- Jones is having a solid season and making his way back into the Top 25, hitting .316 on the season for Palm Beach with six home runs and 31 RBIs in 84 games, with a line of .395/.461/.856 (OBP/SLG/OPS) Last week's ranking – 24 (BH-NR)

25. Jermaine Curtis, 3B (SS-Batavia) - The Cardinals fifth round pick in this year's draft is off to a good start, hitting .312 with a home run and 10 RBIs through his last 10 games with a line of .390/.430/.821 (OBP/SLG/OPS). Eight of his first 29 hits have been for extra bases, including the one home run, six doubles and a triple. Last week's ranking – 25 (BH-NR)



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