Power Rankings III

Each week, MadFriars.com 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 third installment of the Power Rankings for the 2005 season, each week more weight will be given to current streaks and recent performances.

NoteStats current through Saturday May 28, 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 Michael Ekstrom FW Two starts, 11 innings pitched, two earned runs, two walks, nine strikeouts.  Just a 1-1 record this week, but a 1.45 ERA and 62.0 innings pitched put him third in both categories in the Midwest League 2
2 Paul Abraham LE This week, five appearances, eight innings pitched, three hits, no earned runs, two walks, three Ks.  A 0.58 ERA for the year, and 0.00 ERA at home. 5
3 Luke Steidlmayer FW One start, one win.  5.2 innings, one earned, six Ks, one walk.  In his last three starts 16.1 innings pitched, 12 hits, five earned, 14 Ks, five walks.  ERA:  0.47 as a reliever, 2.76 as a starter. 4
4 Clayton Hamilton FW In two starts this week 13 innings pitched, two earned runs, 16 strikeouts, just two walks.  Has gone 6+ innings in seven of his 10 starts, opponents are hitting just .198.  He's been even better in May, 4-1, 1.83 ERA and .157 opponents against. 6
5 Steve Baker LE Fifth in the California League in batting average (.354), 8-25 this week with two runs scored and five RBI. 3
6 Juan Ciriaco LE Batting average drops 17 points after he goes 4-24 this week with four strikeouts.  1
7 Bobby Scales Por Homered in three straight games this week, nine RBI, five walks, two stolen bases.  With two sets of double-headers still started in seven of nine games, and appeared in all nine, going 9-24. 9
8 Paul McAnulty Mob Two homers, both solo shots, account for all his RBI this week, goes 8-27 with three walks.  Eight strikeouts mar an otherwise productive week. 8
9 Michael Thompson Mob One start, seven innings pitched, three earned runs, three strikeouts, one walk.  Leads Southern League in both innings pitched (66.1) and ERA (1.90). 10
10 Fernando Valenzuela LE Three different three-hit games and a 10-25 week moves his average to .348 (8th in the Cal League), two doubles, a home run, six RBI and four runs scored this week.  Hitting .389 in May, after .284 in April. 15
11 Ryan Trytten LE A 1.86 ERA since his promotion to Lake Elsinore, 3.2 IP this week, one hit, no runs, two Ks.  Settled down, had six walks in his first four appearances, none in his last three. 11
12 Drew Macias LE Continues to be hot, going 7-21 this week with two doubles and a homer.  Hitting .435 with runners in scoring position. 14
13 George Kottaras LE Coming back from a sore back slowly, just nine at bats, but has three hits, a RBI and a run scored.  Average at .295. 13
14 Ricky Steik FW Hasn't allowed an earned run since Tax Day, totaling 16 appearances.  This week: three appearances, three innings pitched, two hits, two walks, four Ks.  17
15 Matt Varner FW Has 20 strikeouts in 16 innings pitched.  This week two innings, no hits, no walks, four punch outs.  This May he's 0-1 with a 1.13 ERA, 11 Ks, only three walks. 18
16 Chris Kolkhorst FW A 6-29 week without an extra base hit and just two RBI.  Has drawn five walks, but also struck out seven times.  Hitting .216 in May after .310 in April. 12
17 Clay Hensley Por One start, one earned in seven innings.  Has gone at least six in four of his five starts since moving into the rotation.  As a starter, 1.97 ERA and opponents are hitting just .170 against him. 24
18 Wilmer Villatoro LE/Mob Started the week with Lake Elsinore, had 2.1 innings, one hit, no runs and two walks.  Finished in Mobile had three IP, three earned, one walk, one K, and seven hits allowed. 19
19 Jack Cassel Mob/Por Moved from Mobile to Portland midweek.  Combined for 5.1 innings, one earned run (in Mobile), seven hits, two walks, two Ks.  23
20 Brett Dowdy FW Three multi-hit games this week, 9-33 overall with two triples and five RBI.  Hitting .356 at home this season. 22
21 Ben Johnson Por Highest debut on the week, and not hard to figure out why.  Went 11-29 at the plate with six runs scored, two doubles, four home runs and seven RBI.  One homer, eight RBI in April, six homers and 14 RBI in May, clutch too, hitting .375 with runners in scoring position and two out. NR
22 Brett Bonvechio Mob Coming on strong this month, only five hits in 23 chances this week, but three of the five hits were round trippers, and he had seven RBI.  Hitting .311 with five homers and 17 RBI in May, just .256, one homer and 11 RBI in April. 26
23 Colt Morton FW Hitting .351 with runners in scoring position, but still just eight RBI in May, after 21 in April.  21
24 Tom Vincent FW One run, one RBI during a 4-29 week that saw him strike out seven times.  Stole a base, caught stealing twice, hitting just .176 in May with 22 strikeouts and only six walks. 16
25 Sean Thompson Mob Finally starting to look like he belongs in Double-A, one start, six innings pitched, one earned, four hits, three walks, six Ks. 25
26 Kennard Jones Mob In May Jones has struck out 23 times in 73 at bats, was just 6-23 this week with four RBI and 13 strikeouts. 20
27 Greg Sain Mob Despite losing playing time to Tagg Bozied continues to be effective.  Had 10 at bats this week, four hits and four RBI.  Went 2-4 as a pinch hitter with a home run, hard to keep him out of the lineup, a decision will come soon. 27
28 Sean Kazmar FW Curiously the right handed hitting Kazmar is hitting .174 against lefties and .305 against righties, had two three-hit games this week, but was 1 for 17 otherwise.  26
29 Peter Ciofrone FW Riding an 11 game hit streak, hitting .395 during that streak (17-43), 8-23 this week with four doubles, six runs scored and seven RBI.  Hit .167 with three RBI in April, hitting .333 with 15 RBI in May NR
30 Jon Knott Por Just crushing Triple-A pitching, 10-33 this week, scored a run in seven straight games, had four multi-hit games, four doubles, a homer and three RBI.  Hitting 100 points better in May than April with twice the homers. NR
On the Cusp

Tagg Bozied:  Still rounding into shape, but was 8-25 this week with three RBI and five runs.  Has hit in nine of 12 games since coming off the DL, but hasn't homered since his three dinger first day back.

Jesse Garcia:  A huge week, going 10-23 with six runs, a double, two triples, a homer and eight RBI.  Was moved from the two spot to the seven hole and just exploded.  In the two spot he hit .048 in 21 at bats, in the seven hole he's hitting .353 in 34 ABs.

Travis Chick:  Still rarely goes more than six innings in a start, but has been stellar in the short outings.  Two starts this week, 11 innings pitched, one earned run, seven walks against 10 strikeouts.  Has a 2-0 record in his last four starts.

Falling off

Michael Johnson:  Surgery puts him on the DL, was crushing before injury.

Craig Breslow:  Six earned in his last 10 innings pitched.  A 1.42 ERA in April, 4.50 in May.  Two different pitchers, at home he carries a 0.00 ERA and opponents are hitting just .175 against him.  On the road a 6.17 ERA and opponents are hitting .341 against him.

Marty McLeary:  Two starts this week, one win, one loss, 11.2 innings pitched, eight earned runs, three walks, eight strikeouts and 16 hits.

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