Cardinals Prospect Power Rankings Week 16

Daryl Jones is moving up in the batting order and in the Prospect Power Rankings. Jones is hitting lead-off Monday night for the second time since joining the Springfield Cardinals. In Springfield's 5-2 win on Saturday, Jones went 2-for-3 with two walks in the lead-off spot.

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 16 – Coming on the heels of our Hall of Fame break and a follow up two-week vacation. Legend: NR-not rated; BH# - 2008 Birdhouse Top 40 Prospect Ranking

 

1. Colby Rasmus, CF (AAA-Memphis)- first round draft pick 2005; is still untouchable, the trade deadline came and went and Rasmus is still holding on to the top spot in the rankings despite a knee sprain that is keeping him sidelined for now. I don't expect a September call up at this time. Previous ranking - #1, (BH#1)

2. Chris Perez, RHP (MLB-St. Louis) – first round supplemental pick 2006; for all practical purposes, the St. Louis Cardinals closer for the rest of the 2008 campaign. Previous ranking - #2, (BH#2)

3. Jaime Garcia, LHP (MLB-Cardinals) - 22nd round draft pick 2005; will likely stay with the major league club for the rest of the season, working out of the bullpen. #4 (BH#3)

4. Jess Todd, RHP (AAA-Memphis) - second round draft pick 2007: is perhaps the fastest rising star in the Cardinals minor league system this year. He's dropped a spot in the rankings, with Perez and Garcia nailing down a role on the major league club. Previous ranking - #3, (BH#18)

5. Bryan Anderson, C (AAA-Memphis) - fourth round draft pick 2005; has gone into a terrible slump at the plate. In the 19 games since the All-Star break, he's hitting just .193 (11-for-57), with only one extra-base hit, a double. While I think his defense is still improving, there is still some work to do behind the plate, with his footwork and moving side to side to cover the plate. His stock has taken a hit since the last rankings, he's going to have to hit more, or plan to spend all of next season at Memphis. Previous ranking - #5, (BH#2)

6. Joe Mather, OF (MLB-St. Louis) - third round draft pick 2001; took a while to make it to the Show, but he should be here to stay. I don't think I have ever stood next to a batting cage and seen any prospect or rookie more impressive, to include Rick Ankiel and Colby Rasmus. A late bloomer, I hope his days in the minors are behind him. Previous ranking - #6, (BH#8)

7. Brett Wallace, 3B (A-Quad Cities) - first round draft pick 2008; a pure hitter that is doing just that in his professional debut, despite a recent slump over the last couple of weeks, he's still hitting .333 on the year. Previous ranking-#7, (BH-NR)

8. Clayton Mortensen, RHP (AAA-Memphis) - first round supplemental pick 2007; - is considered by some in the inner circle at Busch Stadium, as the Cardinals' best pure pitching prospect in the system. I have to admit, the opinion of Cardinals management does have some impact on my rankings from time to time. Mortensen is 5-4 at Memphis with a 4.63 ERA, but he's pitched much better than those numbers would suggest in his last two starts. Previous ranking - #11 (BH#9)

9. Nick Additon, LHP (A-Palm Beach) 47th round draft pick 2007; - is just one of those guys I have a gut feel for, even though a lot of people think his early success at Quad Cities, was somewhat of a fluke, but until he proves otherwise, I'm staying way out here on this limb, with Nick as one of my top prospect picks. Previous ranking – 9 (BH-NR)

10. Pete Kozma, SS (A-Palm Beach) - first round draft pick 2007; - goes through hot and cold spells with his bat, and it's currently colder than a well diggers butt, with Pete hitting just .136 for Palm Beach through his first 12 games at High-A. If you see him play, he still has that look of a Major League player, I would like to see him play fall ball. Previous ranking - #10 (BH#16)

11. David Freese, 3B (AAA-Memphis) - traded Edmonds for Freese;- is on a tear at Memphis, hitting .385 in 29 games since the All-Star break, including seven home runs, 13 doubles and 26 RBIs. It's getting crowded with third base prospects, including Allen Craig and Brett Wallace, but it is Freese is likely to see playing time in St. Louis soon. Previous ranking - #16 (BH#13a)

12 . Allen Craig, 3B (AA-Springfield) - eighth round draft pick 2006;- is playing much better defense and is on the verge of breaking some of the Springfield Cardinals records. As of beginning of play on Sunday, with 16 games to go, Craig needs 16 RBIs to tie Travis Hanson's single- season record of 97 RBIs in 2005. Craig's 146 hits are not only nine behind Travis Hanson's single-season franchise record, but it also leads the league. Craig also needs to play in 14 of the last 16 games to tie Hanson's mark of games appeared in, at 137. Craig left Saturday's game with some lower back pain and could miss the next two games of this series. Previous ranking - #14 (BH#11)

13. Lance Lynn, RHP (SS Batavia) - 2008 first round supplemental draft pick; - is currently on the Disabled List. Lance began professional career in a dominating manner with six appearances (four starts) in Batavia's piggyback rotation, going 1-0 with a 0.96 ERA and a 22-to-4 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Over eight innings for the River Bandits, Lynn allowed just two earned runs (2.25 ERA) with seven strikeouts and two walks. His trip to the DL cost him a couple of slots in the rankings. Previous ranking – #12 (BH-NR)

14. Fernando Salas, RHP (AA-Springfield) - purchased from Mexican League; - maybe it's just because I like say "Fernando", but I like this kid. He's come out of nowhere (that is what I say, when I realize I don't know everything) and has set the baseball world on fire for Double-A Springfield. He's 6-3 with a 3.18 ERA with a Texas League leading 24 saves on the season. Those numbers look great, but he's been even better than that over his last 10 appearances, he's 2-0 with six saves and has struck out 21 batters in just 11 innings. Fernando's stock is rising. Previous ranking – #19 (BH-NR)

15. Mitchell Boggs, RHP (AAA-Memphis) - fifth round draft pick 2005; - is having a rough go of it since the All-Star break, posting a record of 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA. He was 6-1 before the break and got six starts for St. Louis, appearing in a total of eight major league games. I like his attitude and approach to the game, but the results just haven't been there of late. Previous ranking - #8 (BH#13)

16. Jon Jay, OF (AAA-Memphis) - second round draft pick 2006; - battling with shoulder problems for most of the season, between Springfield and Memphis, hasn't effected his hitting much and he's feasting on Triple-A pitching, hitting at a .345 clip through his first 16 games, compared to .306 at Springfield in 97 games. He passes his Dynamic Duo partner, Shane Robinson, in the rankings this week. "Sugar" Shane Robinson has struggled at Memphis early on. Previous ranking - #18 (BH#19)

17. Brian Barden, SS (AAA-Memphis) - claimed on waivers from Arizona; - is playing on the USA Olympic Team. The Cardinals Minor League Player of the Month in June, was struggling some at the plate, before he left for the Olympics, hitting just .234 in his final 10 games for Memphis. He was one of the hottest hitters in the minors in May and June. Some still think of Barden as a potential third baseman, I'd say with Troy Glaus, David Freese, Allen Craig & Brett Wallace in the system, you can expect Barden to stay at short. Previous ranking – #15 (BH-NR)

18. Daryl Jones, OF (AA-Springfield)- third round draft pick 2005;- is hitting lead-off Monday night for the second time since joining the Cardinals. In Springfield's 5-2 win on Saturday, Jones went 2-for-3 with two walks in the lead-off spot. After leaving the Florida State League with the second best batting average in the entire league at .326, Jones is hitting .281 in 21 games in Double-A. Previous ranking – 24 (BH-NR)

19. Niko Vasquez, SS (R-Johnson City) - third round draft pick 2008; a solid all-around player, Niko's bat has cooled of late, but the All-Star shortstop is still hitting .303 on the season, including four home runs and 24 RBIs in just 55 games for Johnson City. I'll take that any day from a guy who can get the job done at short. Previous ranking – 23 (BH-NR)

20. Arquimedes Nieto, RHP (SS-Batavia) - 2007 free agent; a member of the NYPL All-Star team, Arquimedes Nieto, is a name you are going to have to learn to spell and get use to hearing. He's off to an outstanding second season with the St. Louis Cardinals organization, posting a 5-0 record with a 1.28 ERA, through his first 12 games, including eight starts. Previous ranking – NR (BH-NR)

21. Jason Motte, RHP (AAA-Memphis) - 19th round draft pick 2003: is back in the PPR, after picking up the Birdhouse and St. Louis Cardinals, Minor League Reliever and Minor League Pitcher honors, respectively for July. Jason allowed a run Saturday night for the first time since July 18 when Donny Murphy hit a home run in the ninth inning. The streak spanned 12 outings and 14.1 innings. The right-hander also moved into a tie for the fifth-most games pitched in a single season by a Redbird with his 56th appearance of the year this weekend.

22. Richard Castillo, RHP (A-Quad Cities) - non-drafter free agent 2007; - has cut down on his walks and giving up home runs, but has a 1-3 record for the month of August so far, due in large part to a lack of offensive support. Over his last 10 games, he's 5-4 with a 3.51 ERA, respectable numbers, but not the kind that will get you into the top 20 of the Birdhouse PPR. Previous ranking – 22 (BH-NR)

23. Tyler Herron, RHP (A-Palm Beach) - first round supplemental pick 2005; - is pitching well at Palm Beach after struggling at Springfield where he posted a record of 5-5 with a 5.20 ERA. He's really cut down on his free passes, he's walked only eight batters in his last 10 games, spanning 44.2 innings, while striking out 35. In his first 10 games for Palm Beach, including seven starts, he has a record of 2-1 with a 2.81 ERA and a save to his credit. He's back in the PPR this week, and hopefully he'll continue to climb back near the top of the rankings. Previous ranking-not ranked (BH#6)

24. Nick Stavinoha, OF (AAA-Memphis) - seventh round draft pick 2005; - is having a very good season at Memphis and when I have often talked, or complained of Cardinals manager Tony La Russa going with a short bench, it was Stavinoha and or Mather who I wanted to see get some additional bats in the Major Leagues. Nick might get lost in the shuffle, I guess I'm a big fan of his this season, because I don't think anyone worked any harder in the offseason to prepare for this season, than Stavinoha. Previous ranking - #13 (BH#38)

25. Colt Sedbrook, 2B (SS-Batavia) - 23rd round draft pick 2008; - someone forgot to tell Sedbrook that he was a 23rd round draft pick and wasn't expected to play this well, this quick. Colt is hitting .312 through his first 55 professional games, with slash stats of .406/.420/.825 (OBP/SLG/OPS), what sticks out, is that he's leading the Muckdogs in; hits, total bases and stolen bases and ranks second in runs scored. A solid middle infielder that has been somewhat prone to errors, with 12 miscues to date. He looks better than I expected early on.

 

WHO BROKE INTO THE POWER RANKINGS THIS WEEK

20. Arquimedes Nieto, RHP (SS-Batavia)

21. Jason Motte, RHP (AAA-Memphis)

23. Tyler Herron, RHP (A-Palm Beach)

25. Colt Sedbrook, 2B (SS-Batavia)

 

WHO DROPPED OUT OF THE POWER RANKINGS FROM THIS WEEK

Shane Robinson, OF (AAA-Memphis)

Mark Worrell, RHP (AAA-Memphis)

Shane Peterson, OF (SS-Batavia)

Jermaine Curtis, 3B (SS-Batavia)

 

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