M's Prospect Power Rankings: 7/25
1. Felix Hernandez, RHP - Tacoma
17 G, 13 GS, 9-4, 2.45 ERA, 80.2 IP, 60 H, 88 K, 43 BB, .206 BAA
The King is back and as nasty as ever. Expect Hernandez back in the starting rotation before too long. A call-up to the bigs is still in order in the coming weeks. Magic Date? How about August 20?
2. Adam Jones, SS – San Antonio
97 G, .301/.371/.482, 10 HR, 53 RBI, 88 K, 37 BB, 11 SB
The final six weeks could determine wether Jones returns to Double-A for 2006 or begins the year as the Rainiers shortstop. The success of Morse and Betancourt could also make Jones expendable if the right deal fell on Bavasi's doorstep.
3. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS – Inland Empire
26 G, .302/.339/.462, 0 HR, 13 RBI, 20 K, 7 BB, 3 SB
Cooling off a bit, Cabrera is still the Sixers best player – at 19 years of age.
4. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS - Tacoma
98 G, .284/.310/.427, 7 HR, 48 RBI, 32 K, 15 BB, 18 SB
I like Mike Morse. I really do. He's a good ballplayer and is probably going to get better every year. But Betancourt is telling his critics to take their opinions and shove them where shortstops can't hit. The 23-year-old's .299 average in Tacoma and .284 overall, is not a shallow number. Betancourt has seven homers, nine triples, 18 doubles and 18 steals to go with his gold glove. Morse better learn another position.
5. Bobby Livingston, LHP – Tacoma
20 GS, 9-4, 2.92 ERA, 126.1 IP, 111 H, 86 K, 32 BB, .240 BAA
Livingston's second Triple-A start was as stellar as many he made in Double-A San Antonio. Five innings, an earned run, three hits allowed, one walk and six strike outs later, the 22-year-old is proving he belongs.
6. Clint Nageotte, RHP - Tacoma
9 G, 0-0, 1.20 ERA, 15. IP, 5 H, 18 K, 6 BB, 2 S, .152 BAA
I say put him back in the rotation and give him a shot at winning a job next spring. The organization is void of quality starting arms that could help in 2006. Nageotte is more than capable.
7. Shin-soo Choo, OF - Tacoma
78 G, .262/.375/.392, 7 HR, 29 RBI, 51 BB, 73 K, 15 SB
Choo's disappointing power showing has many wondering about his overall prospect status.
8. Matt Tuiasosopo, SS - Wisconsin
80 G, .291/.375/.425, 6 HR, 39 RBI, 73 K, 37 BB, 4 SB
Tuiasosopo ended his week with a four-hit effort on Sunday. The kid can play and his numbers could take big jumps next summer in the California League.
9. Yung-Chi Chen, 2B - Wisconsin
89 G, .285/.325/.393, 4 HR, 58 RBI, 62 K, 24 BB, 14 SB
Chen is following the path set by Shin-soo Choo – one level, one year at a time.
10. Jeff Flaig, 1B - Everett
28 G, .317/.407/.509, 4 HR, 19 RBI, 17 K, 11 BB
Flaig went deep twice last week, displaying the power the club hopes to get from him at whichever corner infield spot he ends up at.
11. Jamal Strong, CF - Tacoma
81 G, .295/.380/.406, 4 HR, 35 RBI, 60 K, 34 BB, 19 SB
Strong's streak of consecutive games reaching base ended at 53 on Saturday night in Colorado Springs. Safeco should welcome the 26-year-old in about six weeks.
12. Rene Rivera, C – San Antonio
60 G, .290/.318/.409, 3 HR, 23 RBI, 40 K, 7 BB
Rivera's offensive development seemed to show more in the big leagues than it has in San Antonio. What gives?
13. Luis Valbuena, 2B - Everett
32 G, .252/.351/.464, 4 HR, 20 RBI, 10 K, 18 BB, 8 SB
Valbuena can hit and has been solid defensively for Everett. The Venezuelan could be the club's MVP.
14. Casey Craig, OF - Everett
39 G, .322/.411/.504, 5 HR, 16 RBI, 30 K, 14 BB, 12 SB
Craig continues his fine season in Everett. Remember his name. He's not going away.
15. Rob Johnson, C - Wisconsin
73 G, .278/.324/.440, 8 HR, 49 RBI, 29 K, 18 BB
If Johnson's first name was "Eddie" he'd have a great nickname built right in – "Steady Eddie."
16. Hunter Brown, 3B - Tacoma
67 G, .288/.366/.457, 5 HR, 38 RBI, 49 K, 23 BB
Brown is likely to start getting some more steady playing time once the season is over and the M's figure out that he's pretty good.
17. T.J. Bohn, OF – San Antonio
91=7 G, .307/.367/.457, 11 HR, 52 RBI, 82 K, 29 BB, 26 SB
Bohn has added some power of late, rounding out a solid all-around 2005 season for the former 30th rounder.
18. Thomas Oldham, LHP – San Antonio
20 G, 9-5, 3.38 ERA, 117.0 IP, 133 H, 79 K, 33 BB, .292 BAA
Looks like T.O. is the new Missions ace after five straight quality starts.
19. Ryan Feierabend, LHP – Inland Empire
20 G, 4-5, 4.03 ERA, 102.2 IP, 126 H, 85 K, 43 BB, .306 BAA
Feierabend has been the Sixers best starting pitcher the past three weeks, going 25 innings in his past four starts and allowing just four earned runs.
20. Sebastien Boucher, OF – Inland Empire
67 G, .315/.404/.449, 3 HR, 35 RBI, 55 K, 36 BB, 13 SB
Boucher could finish the stretch drive strong and set his 2006 season in the direction of the Texas League.
Jason A Churchill is the Executive Editor at InsidethePark.com and can be reached via e-mail at JasonAChurchill@InsideThePark.com
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