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What's not to like, Ekstrom won again this week, giving up only one earned in five. He's fifth in all the minors in ERA at 1.43 and has allowed only one homer in 69 innings pitched.
An eight game hitting streak, and five of his last six have featured more than one base knock. He was 12-23 this week with five runs and five RBI, third in the minors now with a .377 average, hitting in 19 of his last 21 helps that.
On the last day of May he went seven and made the baseball cliché 'scattering' hits come to life. He gave up 10 hits and only one run, giving him a 3-1 record in May to go along with his 1.66 ERA and 30 strikeouts (against only five walks).
Drops a couple notches after taking a loss in one of his three appearances this week. Suddenly losing control, he's walked eight all year, but four have come in his last five appearances.
Perhaps the most dominant reliever in the system, Steik gave up one hit and zero runs in his 3.2 innings this week. Particularly nasty against righties who are hitting .193 and whom he has an ERA of 0.00 against.
Perhaps the second most dominant reliever in the system, this week made three appearances, collecting a win and two saves, allowing two hits and a walk, allowed a homer in his first outing of the season, hasn't allowed another.
Took the loss in one of his two starts this past week, allowing four earned in 12 innings between the two, opponents are hitting a scant .202 against him.
Jumps 13 spots because a lot of players didn't produce, and Johnson couldn't be stopped. He was 12-31 with an amazing 11 runs scored (including seven straight games with at least one run), three homers and nine RBI. On fire.
Solid, if unspectacular week, featured two homers, a triple and two doubles, that's five of his seven hits on the week, collected six RBI but struck out nine times.
At first glance 5-22 isn't that impressive, but nine RBI, a homer and two doubles show that perhaps the power is starting to come to this gap hitter.
Fell apart, going just 3-21 with a triple, four runs and a lone RBI. Three walks is nice, five strikeouts this week isn't.
Makes Scales' week look Ruthian. 3-23, no walks, five strikeouts, has seen his average drop 66 points in the last three weeks.
The bubble burst with a three inning, seven earned outing; had allowed three homers in 61.1 innings coming into this week, allowed two in those three frames.
Faced 17 batters in his two appearances, and eight reached base.
Didn't hit the ball well (5-23) but doing a much better job with pitch recognition, walking eight times (against only three strikeouts) now dead even for the season (34 BB/34 Ks).
Not dominant, but good enough. Four earned in seven in his lone start this week, walked only one and struck out three while giving up five hits.
It seemed to be coming for awhile, and this was the week Jon Knott exploded, going 13-34 with eight runs scored, 10 RBI, three doubles and three homers. He's hit in 13 of his last 15 and scored at least one run in six straight; second in the minors in doubles.
Solid, and continuing to improve in every aspect, was 8-22 this week with four runs scored and six RBI. Had two doubles and a homer after dealing with a minor injury.
Walked in six straight games, which is good. Was 5-20 this week and has six stolen bases...in 13 tries, which is bad.
The Double-A tune up did the trick for Bozied, who played all of this week with the Beavers and seemed to thoroughly enjoy himself, hitting .393 in the Pacific Northwest (.500 against lefties) with three doubles, two homers and seven RBI.
Reminding the Padres he too is a catching prospect, he was 9-26 with four runs, two doubles, two homers and seven RBI, plus he's scary.
Still solid and producing, just not at the ridiculous rate he was before. Four runs, a homer and six RBI are nice, his 8-31 is okay, but the problem is that four of the hits (including the double and homer) and three of the RBI were in one game.
Has settled down in Mobile, allowing just four earned in his last three starts, made two this week, giving up three earned in 11 innings, victimized by poor defense (four unearned runs), struck out 10 and walked five between the two starts. Hasn't allowed a gopher ball in Mobile.
This week: 8.1, six hits, two earned and a win. In his last two 15.1, three earned, 11 hits, 11 strikeouts (against only one walk) and two wins. Due for a shot in the Padres #5 spot (Mr. May, please pick up the white courtesy phone...)
Heating up like the weather, 11-31 this week, just two runs scored, but six RBI and a 17 point bump in the average this week (35 in the last two weeks) are good signs.
Only gave up one earned in three games (four innings), but gave up seven hits and a wild pitch, walked two and only struck out one.
Cracked the list with another five inning, seven hit, one run night. Featured five Ks and zero walks, now, if he could just go six...
Had time off this week, still went 5-17, and walked three times, hit a homer and snatched two RBI.
Lost playing time to Tagg Bozied right when Sain was blazing hot, hasn't come back that way. Just 3-27 this week with a homer and two RBI, three walks but eight strikeouts.
Perhaps the promotion was a bit premature. This week the reliever made three appearances, pitched 2.1, gave up three earned, walked five. Has allowed at least one earned in three of the five appearances since moving up to Mobile.
On the Cusp
Jesse Garcia: A solid week, but repeats his OTC status, 7-19 with two runs, a double, and an RBI.
Yordany Ramirez: This burner was 7-21 with four runs scored and four RBI, has been fantastic defensively in Fort Wayne, and is still learning.
Arturo Lopez: How does this guy not crack the top 30? This week he put up eight innings of two hit shutout ball, has given up just two earned in his last four starts (25 innings).
Brett Bonvechio: Going 3-21 is not good. Striking out 12 times is even worse.
Kennard Jones: After a couple of nice streaks has started pressing, going 5-29 this week with four runs, six walks and 11 Ks out of the leadoff spot. Hitting .438 with runners on and two out, so it can't be a pressure thing.
Tom Vincent: His defense alone almost kept him at #30, but he's four for his last 18 with zero extra base hits, and so he dropped.
Peter Ciofrone: No runs scored, just one RBI, and a 4-19 week.