Padres prospect stock: market crash

One month down and some top prospects are spiraling down the prospect list. Sluggish starts are a trend these Padres prospects are trying to break and some of them are top twenty prospects in the system.

Jon Knott showed a propensity to hit for power and average last year with Portland and has come out of the gate at a crawl.

Knott is hitting .217 with 22 strikeouts in 24 games. Eleven of his 18 hits have gone for extra bases. Knott has hit into a team leading three double plays.

Ben Johnson had a torrid spring, following up on a season in Mobile and the Arizona Fall League that spoke of promise fulfilled.

To begin the year, Johnson is hitting .217 with a .323 on base percentage. He has just eight runs scored and has knocked in nine in 23 games.

Justin Germano hasn't had quite the beginning to the season that many had hoped. With Tim Redding struggling in the number five slot in San Diego, Germano may have been ‘the guy' had he shown some iota of success in Triple-A Portland.

In five starts, Germano is 0-3 with a 6.00 ERA. He has given up five homers and the opposition is hitting .283 off him.

Casey Baker performed well last year in Lake Elsinore, hitting .283 in 80 games. His success has not followed into '05.

Baker has just four hits on the year and just passed the .100 mark in his last game. In 39 at bats, he has struck out 11 times and has been dropped from the lineup for the most part, relegated to a pinch hitting role.

Luis Cruz, at 21 years old, was promoted to Double-A and has seen the wrath of the Southern League.

Cruz is hitting just .182 for the year and after knocking in 72 runs last year with Lake Elsinore, he has driven in just two runs this year in 25 games. He has struck out 21 times, after whiffing 54 times in 124 games.

R.D. Spiehs was key to the Mobile season last year and many were surprised when he was still on the roster to begin the year. Word filtered out that he was still getting up to speed and that seems to be the case.

After bridging the gap as the eighth inning man last season, Spiehs has surrendered 18 runs, 13 earned, in 14.2 innings of work. The opposition is hitting .306 off him.

Dale Thayer blew just one save last year and had a 1.63 ERA with Lake Elsinore. Welcome to Mobile.

In 12.2 innings, Thayer has allowed 17 hits and seven walks. He has lost three games and has blown two saves. The opposition is hitting .333 off him.

Edgar Huerta was supposed to be in the Padres bullpen last year. Now, he has been floundering in the California League.

The left-hander has allowed 11 runs on 13 hits in 7.2 innings of work. The opposition is hitting .371 off him through his first six appearances.

Matt Bush, the first overall pick in the 2004 draft, struggled last season in his transition to Pro Ball. But, he was still shipped to a full season league and the story has been the same.

Thus far, he is hitting .217 with a .258 on base percentage. He has whiffed 18 times in 22 games and is tied for the team lead in hitting into double plays with four.

Lachlan Dale has and will always be a power hitter. He had high expectations coming into the year after hitting .250 a year ago.

He has struggled mightily in the Midwest League, hitting .176 with a .252 on base percentage. He has struck out 40 times in 91 at bats over 24 games.

Stats compiled through May 3

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