1. Adam Jones, SS/CF - San Antonio
Jones finished the year strong and ended his stint in Double-A at .298/.365/.461 with seven home runs and nine steals. For the season, the 20-year-old smacked 15 home runs, 30 doubles and drew 51 walks, all career best numbers.
While a move to center field is in the offing, Jones will play shortstop in the Texas League playoffs before heading to the desert to work on his fly ball cacthing skills in the Arizona Fall League.
2. Jeff Clement, C - Wisconsin
Clement is putting the finishing touches on a fine first year in pro ball, hitting third for the Timber Rattlers as they head into the Midwest League playoffs.
The 21-year-old has shown his offensive prowess over the past month and continues to work on his skills behind the plate. Clement did committ five passed balls and has had issues throwing out runners, but his bat has spoken plenty loud - .330/.398/.541, 6 HR, 20 RBI.
3. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS - Tacoma
Cabrera started his career in the Mariners organization last June with the short-season Everett AquaSox. Just 15 months later, the freshly-turned 20-year-old is in Triple-A Tacoma, serving as the club's starting shortstop as the Rainiers head into the postseason.
While Cabrera's numbers in six games with Tacoma aren't going to stick out much, the switch hitter batted a combined .300/.352/.447 with 41 extra-base hits.
4. Bobby Livingston, LHP - Tacoma
Livingston has been more than solid in his time in the PCL, logging a 3.20 ERA in nine of 10 starts. The one hiccup being a one-inning outing in Oklahoma City when the 23-year-old yielded nine earned runs.
Livingston fanned a career-high 14 in his final regular season start on Friday night and will face that same Sacramento lineup in game two of the PCL semi-finals on Thursday night.
5. Rob Johnson, C - Inland Empire
Johnson is a wildcard in all of the prospect blotter in the organization these days. If the 22-year-old continues to progress offensively, he'll find himself on a big-league roster in a few years - without a doubt.
Johnson was promoted to the California League on August 3 and hit .314/.381/.443 in 19 games. The right-handed hitting backstop tallied 11 home runs combined between Wisconsin and Inland Empire and stroles 22 doubles. Most impressively, however, are Johnson's 30 walks to just 45 strikeouts in over 400 plate appearances.
6. Bryan LaHair, 1B - Inland Empire
LaHair led the organization in runs batted in this season with 113 and established himself as a slugger to watch over the next few years. The 22-year-old first baseman hit .310/.373/.503 with 22 home runs for the 66ers.
LaHair's 2005 campaign has opened some eyes and his play with Rob Johnson in the World Cup is prying open his window of opportunity as well.
7. Shin-soo Choo, LF - Tacoma
Choo's final six weeks have re-placed the 23-year-old onto the map in the organization. After a dismal June and July, Choo re-emerged in August and did so as the Rainiers leadoff hitter.
Choo battled back from hitting in the .250s to finish the year at .282 and turned around his luck versus lefty-handed pitching. The Korean-born Choo ended the year with 97 strikeouts and 69 walks, a ratio that seemed impossible just a month ago when Choo had 71 whiffs with 42 games remaining. Choo's on-base (.382) and slugging (.434) percentages landed in the satisfactory range.
8. Wladimir Balentien, LF - Inland Empire
It's hard to ignore Balentien's power numbers (25 HR, 38-2B, 8-3B, .551 slg. pct.), but it's also pretty much impossible to ignore his 158-33 strikeouts-to-walks ratio, too.
Balentien's season was still a success, due to the .291/.340/.551 line with his 71 extra-base hits, but he'll be left in the minors without a rather large improvement with his plate discipline.
9. Michael Garciaparra, 2B - Inland Empire
Garciaparra came up just two points shy of hitting .300 this season - a major improvement over his .242 career average. More impressive is his .389 on-base percentage and six home runs in 83 games played.
The 23-year-old has his career on track and just needs to stay healthy to put himself in position to see Triple-A Tacoma by 2007.
10. Clint Nageotte, RHP - Tacoma
Nageotte has just one obstacle before he can become a polished major league caliber pitcher - his command. Inconsistent and often up in the strike zone, Nageotte is susceptible to walking himself into trouble, yet able to slide himself right out of the jam - with his slider of course.
Nageotte's 35 whiffs in 34 innings for Tacoma are impressive, but 22 free passes are holding him back.
11. Luis Valbuena, 2B - Everett
12. Paul Fagan, LHP - Everett
13. Yorman Bazardo, RHP - San Antonio
14. Ryan Feierabend, LHP - Inland Empire
15. Thomas Hubbard, 1B - Wisconsin
16. Jeff Flaig, LF - Everett
17. Sebastien Boucher, CF - Inland Empire
18. Stephen Kahn, RHP - Everett
19. Thomas Oldham, LHP - San Antonio
20. Craig James, RHP - Inland Empire
21. Michael Saunders, RF - Everett
22. T.J. Bohn, CF - Tacoma
23. Rene Rivera, C - Tacoma
24. Justin Thomas, LHP - Everett
25. Mike Wilson, RF - Wisconsin
Prospect Power Rankings - 9/6
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