Padres Prospect Power Rankings I

Each week, will rank the top 30 performers in the San Diego Padres system, shedding light on their numbers while also detailing how they did in previous weeks. Check out our initial installment of the Power Rankings for the 2005 season, a compilation of the year to date. Seven days from now, more weight will be given to current streaks that have players moving up the charts.

Note: Stats current through Saturday May 14,2005. This list is not about who are the better players or prospects, but rather who is doing the best and making the most of their opportunities. Players with Major League service time that are not considered prospects are not eligible for the Prospect Power Rankings.

Rank Name Team Comments Last Week's Rank
1 Juan Ciriaco LE The shortstop is hammering the ball at a record pace. He is third in the minors amongst shortstops in batting average at .353, is third in the California League in doubles with 11 and had nine straight extra base hits before singling on Saturday. NR
2 Paul Abraham LE Has yet to allow an earned run this year in 17 appearances. Has limited opponents to a .162 average, striking out 18 and walking three. NR
3 Michael Johnson LE At one point, led the entire Minors in RBI's, including RBI's in seven straight games to open the year. Has since faced some injuries and has cooled off. Is still hitting .295. NR
4 Luke Steidlmayer FW Began the year in the bullpen, allowing one run in 20 innings of relief and a .153 average against. Now back in the starting rotation. NR
5 Michael Ekstrom FW Has allowed one run or less in five of his seven starts. Hitters are batting .176 off him with runners in scoring position. NR
6 Clayton Hamilton FW Over his last five starts, he has held opponents to two runs or less. He has won six straight games. NR
7 Bobby Scales Por Batting .326 and opened the year with an eight game hitting streak. Sports a .417 on base percentage. NR
8 Chris Kolkhorst FW Opened the year by reaching base in 30 straight games. Has 20 walks to 23 strikeouts. NR
9 Steve Baker LE Hitting .348 on the year. Had four straight multi-RBI games during one point in the season. Injuries kept him out for two weeks. NR
10 George Kottaras LE Hitting .316, 342 against righties. Also owns a .400 on base percentage. Has 11 multi-hit games. NR
11 Ryan Trytten FW-LE Gave up two runs, coming in one outing, in 15 innings with Fort Wayne. Has been promoted to Lake Elsinore and struck out the side in his first game. NR
12 Mike Thompson Mob Two earned runs or less in every one of his seven starts this year. Ironically, sports a 1-2 record. NR
13 Tom Vincent FW A .373 average during the month of April had the making of a season for the ages. Has been dismal in May. NR
14 Drew Macias LE A .306 average enhanced by his .314 average with runners in scoring position. Thirteen multi-hit games on the year. Is second in the Cal League in runs scored with 32. NR
15 Colt Morton FW The big catcher is hitting an impressive .357 with runners in scoring position. Second in the Midwest League with 25 RBI's. Eight pass balls are a concern. NR
16 Matt Varner FW Has 11 saves in his last 11 appearances. Only five hits and a walk yielded over his last nine outings. NR
17 Fernando Valenzuela LE Seven games with three or more hits with 15 walks to just 19 strikeouts. NR
18 Sean Thompson LE-Mob Allowed two earned runs or less in each of his first five outings in Lake Elsinore. Promoted to Mobile after his worst outing and wasn't great in debut. NR
19 Paul McAnulty Mob Still pumping out the hits and performing in key situations but has just six extra base hits so far this year. NR
20 Craig Breslow Mob Has allowed runs in just two of 15 relief appearances. A .571 average against with runners in scoring position and two outs is alarming. NR
21 Wilmer Villatoro LE Holding opponents to an under .200 average on the year but in scoring position they are tagging the righty at a .467 clip. NR
22 Kennard Jones Mob Twenty-three walks to 27 strikeouts is impressive in 32 games after he walked 25 times in 81 games for Mobile a year ago. Seven game suspension may alter his success. NR
23 Brett Dowdy FW Four triples place him second in the Midwest League and 21 runs scored are tied for best on the team. NR
24 Ricky Steik FW Ten straight scoreless appearances and just two walks yielded on the season. Has allowed one hit with runners in scoring position. NR
25 Jack Cassel Mob At his best when inheriting runners where he has allowed one of the last nine to score. NR
26 Sean Kazmar FW Hitting a quiet .274 while smacking around right-handed pitching but struggling against lefties. NR
27 Clay Hensley Por While the opposition hits .188 off him overall, they are batting .417 with runners in scoring position. NR
28 Fabian Jimenez FW Allowed seven hits over his first four starts, spanning 21.1 innings. Has allowed 13 runs on 12 hits in six innings over two starts since. NR
29 Brett Bonvechio LE Owns the fifth best on base percentage in the California League at .414 but don't let him leadoff an inning – he is hitting just .154 in such cases. NR
30 Brad Baker Por Throw away two terrible outings and he has allowed four hits in 12 innings. Ten saves tied for tops in the PCL but walks are up for closer (12). NR

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