Cardinals Prospect Power Rankings Week 17

The Cardinals 2008 first round draft pick is hitting .450 with three home runs, six RBIs and eight runs scored through his first five games at Double-A Springfield.

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 17
Legend: NR-not rated; BH# - 2008 Birdhouse Top 40 Prospect Ranking


1. Colby Rasmus, CF (AAA-Memphis)- first round draft pick 2005; it's a given Rasmus is the Cardinals top prospect in most circles, but if he looks behind, the Cardinals 2008 first round pick Brett Wallace is making a lot of noise at Springfield. Rasmus has begun his rehab assignment and there is some speculation that he could be call up to St. Louis in September. At best, I see him as a possible late inning defensive replacement - Previous ranking - #1, (BH#1)

2. Chris Perez, RHP (MLB-St. Louis) – first round supplemental pick 2006; - gained his fifth save for St. Louis and third of more than three outs when he set down the final four hitters he faced Sunday. You have to love the word games, play on words, by not calling Perez the Cardinals closer. Previous ranking - #2, (BH#2)

3. Jaime Garcia, LHP (MLB-Cardinals) - 22nd round draft pick 2005; - hasn't pitched for a few days, but he's the best left-hander in the system and now that Memphis is beginning the final home stretch of the season, Garcia will be with St. Louis for the rest of the season. Previous ranking #3 (BH#3)

4. Jess Todd, RHP (AAA-Memphis) - second round draft pick 2007: is 1-0 with a 2.41 ERA after three starts for Memphis. He'll start the next season as Memphis' ace and could see playing time in St. Louis before the 09 campaign is over, depending on who the Cardinals re-sign or acquire during the off season. - Previous ranking - #4, (BH#18)

5. Joe Mather, OF (MLB-St. Louis) - third round draft pick 2001; is not getting a lot of at-bats or playing time over the past 10 games, but with the Memphis Redbirds season coming to a close and the expansion of the major league rosters on the horizon, Mather will stay with the major league club for the rest of the season - Previous ranking - #6, (BH#8)

6. Brett Wallace, 3B (A-Palm Beach) - first round draft pick 2008; - is hitting .450 with three home runs, six RBIs and eight runs scored in his first five games with the Springfield Cardinals. His two-homer game on Sunday, including the walk off blast, kept the Cardinals in a first place tie with Northwest Arkansas. Third base is getting crowed, with Glaus returning in 09 with St. Louis and Allen Craig, David Freese and now Brett Wallace, all having All-Star, MVP type seasons. Previous ranking-#7, (BH-NR)

7. Bryan Anderson, C (AAA-Memphis) - fourth round draft pick 2005; is hitting just .174 this month, after hitting .320 on the season prior to the All-Star break. His stock takes a hit, as he has trouble getting hits. He'll be slated to spend most of the 2009 season at Memphis - Previous ranking - #5, (BH#2)

8. Clayton Mortensen, RHP (AAA-Memphis) - first round supplemental pick 2007; got mauled by the Omaha Royals this past week, but he still remains one of the most highly touted pitching prospect in the Cardinals farm system - Previous ranking - #8 (BH#9)

9. David Freese, 3B (AAA-Memphis) - traded Edmonds for Freese;- is making the Freese-Edmonds deal, looking like a steal. Freese is hitting .378 with four home runs and 14 RBIs in his last 10 games, scoring 10 runs in the process. Previous ranking - #11 (BH#13a)

10. Nick Additon, LHP (A-Palm Beach) 47th round draft pick 2007; - continues to prove the doubters that they are wrong, at least for now, posting a 1-0 record with a 0.75 ERA, after his first two starts with Palm Beach. I rank him higher than anyone else and I appreciate, that he continues to perform on the field, giving me good reason to justify this high ranking. Previous ranking – 9 (BH-NR)

11. Pete Kozma, SS (A-Palm Beach) - first round draft pick 2007; - is still struggling at the plate with Palm Beach. He'll probably start the season with the PB Cardinals in 2009. Getting a fresh start in 2009, may be all he needs to get back on track. Previous ranking - #10 (BH#16)

12 . Allen Craig, 3B (AA-Springfield) - eighth round draft pick 2006;- is on the DL with lower back pain and may miss the rest of the regular season. Prior to landing on the DL, he was leading the Cardinals in most offensive categories and playing better defense than most fans and pundits expected prior to this season. Previous ranking - #12 (BH#11)

13. Lance Lynn, RHP (A-Quad Cities) - 2008 first round supplemental draft pick; - left his start on 8/6 after three innings and, after missing two turns in the rotation, was placed on the DL with a forearm injury on 8/14. He has returned home to Indiana where he will rest before reporting early to Instruction League. Previous ranking – #13 (BH-NR)

14. Fernando Salas, RHP (AA-Springfield) - purchased from Mexican League; - is a strike out artist, racking up three wins and four saves in the 10 games, despite a 6.00 ERA during that time period. His 21 strikeouts in 12 innings, will go a long way to keeping even more damage to a minimum. In another words, the 6.00 ERA could have been a lot worse, if Salas was striking out so many batters. Previous ranking – #14 (BH-NR)

15. Mitchell Boggs, RHP (AAA-Memphis) - fifth round draft pick 2005; - is going to be remembered this season for the numbers he posted with St. Louis. My take is throw out those numbers, because he's better than that and he's going to be better than that. He may now be one of the most underrated pitchers in the system. Previous ranking - #15 (BH#13)

16. Daryl Jones, OF (AA-Springfield)- third round draft pick 2005;- has moved into the leadoff spot for the St. Louis Cardinals and its paying big dividends. This past weekend while the Cardinals were fighting to stay in first place, Jones responded by going 9-for-15 with two home runs, five RBIs and five runs scored. In his last ten games, he's hitting .439 with four home runs, 11 RBIs and 11 runs scored. The St. Louis Cardinals have been looking for a leadoff hitter, they need to take a look at Jones. I'd like to see Daryl start the 2009 season at Memphis. Previous ranking – 18 (BH-NR)

17. Jon Jay, OF (AAA-Memphis) - second round draft pick 2006; - is hitting .371 at Memphis, over his last 10 games, with 30% of his hits being for extra-bases. He'll need a map to St. Louis, because, barring an injury, he's not going back to Springfield. Previous ranking - #16 (BH#19)

18. Brian Barden, SS (AAA-Memphis) - claimed on waivers from Arizona; - is bringing home the Bronze Medal from the Olympics. Brian's stock continues to rise, as highly touted shortstop prospects, Tyler Greene and Pete Kozma, fail to live up to expectations. Previous ranking – #17 (BH-NR)

19. Arquimedes Nieto, RHP (SS-Batavia) - 2007 free agent; - is 6-0 with a 1.20 ERA after, 13 games, including eight starts for the Muckdogs. He has a 3-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio over his last ten games and is looking at a promotion to begin the 2009 campaign. Previous ranking – 20 (BH-NR)

20. Richard Castillo, RHP (A-Quad Cities) - non-drafted free agent 2007; - this past week, Castillo pitched seven shutout innings, giving up just two hits and two walks, while striking out eight batters. On the season for Quad Cities, he's 7-4 with a 2.92 ERA, not bad, for someone most fans never heard of, until we put him on Prospect Watch here, "In the House". Previous ranking – 22 (BH-NR)

21. Niko Vasquez, SS (R-Johnson City) - third round draft pick 2008; - is off to a slow start at the plate with Quad Cities, hitting just .188 through his first four games. I wouldn't get too excited about this small sample size, but as this is a weekly ranking, his standing, takes a slight hit. Previous ranking – 19 (BH-NR)

22. Nick Stavinoha, OF (AAA-Memphis) - seventh round draft pick 2005; - is having a good season at Memphis, hitting .337 on the season, though his bat has cooled off some in the past 10 games, but that is something that you can expect from time to time during a long season. He hit .200 with St. Louis, there is a chance he could return in St. Louis when the rosters expand in September, but I fail to see the point. Previous ranking - #24 (BH#38)

23. Francisco Samuel, RHP (A-Palm Beach) - a non-drafted free agent in 2006 - has posted a 0-1 record with six saves and an ERA of 1.86 in his last 10 outings. He ranks second in the Florida State League with 27 saves, but among league leaders, he has about twice as many as walks this season, giving him a WHIP of 1.56, which has kept him out of rankings until this week. Previous ranking – NR (BH#NR)

24. Curt Smith, 1B (A-Quad Cities) - 39th round draft pick 2008; - the recently promoted first baseman, Curt Smith, then of the Johnson City Cardinals, was recently named the Appalachian League's 2008 Player of the Year. He hit .378 for Johnson City before arriving in Quad Cities. He's off to a slow start, but he's already farther down the road than I would have expected for a 39th round pick.

25. Colt Sedbrook, 2B (SS-Batavia) - 23rd round draft pick 2008; - is hitting .405 over the last ten games for Batavia, .321 on the season. As a 23rd round pick, it's amazing that he's made it here in the PPR already, but the question remains, can he maintain the pace that's need to keep a 23rd round pick in the rankings? Previous ranking - #25 (BH#NR)



23. Francisco Samuel, RHP (A-Palm Beach)

24. Curt Smith, 1B (A-Quad Cities)



20. Jason Motte, RHP (AAA-Memphis) - 19th round draft pick 2003

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


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