Power Rankings IV

There were wild swings this week, and we're not just talking about the prospects who struck out. Last week's 30 hottest players look a lot like this week's, only in a different order, with a few new names, and some others missing. The Power Rankings continue...

NoteStats current through Saturday June 4, 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 Mike Ekstrom FW

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.

2 Steve Baker LE

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.

3 Michael Thompson Mob

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).

4 Paul Abraham LE

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.

5 Ricky Steik FW

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.

6 Matt Varner FW

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.

7 Luke Steidlmayer FW

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.

8 Ben Johnson Por

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.

9 Paul McAnulty Mob

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.

10 Fernando Valenzuela LE

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.

11 Bobby Scales Por

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.

12 Juan Ciriaco LE

Makes Scales' week look Ruthian.  3-23, no walks, five strikeouts, has seen his average drop 66 points in the last three weeks.

13 Clayton Hamilton FW

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.

14 Ryan Trytten LE

Faced 17 batters in his two appearances, and eight reached base.

15 Chris Kolkhorst FW

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).

16 Clay Hensley Por

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.

17 Jon Knott Por

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.

18 George Kottaras LE

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.

19 Drew Macias LE

Walked in six straight games, which is good.  Was 5-20 this week and has six stolen bases...in 13 tries, which is bad.

20 Tagg Bozied Por

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.

21 Colt Morton FW

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.

22 Brett Dowdy FW

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.

23 Sean Thompson Mob

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.

24 Chris Oxspring Por

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...)

25 Josh Barfield Por

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.

26 Jack Cassel Por

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.

27 Travis Chick Mob

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...

28 Sean Kazmar FW

Had time off this week, still went 5-17, and walked three times, hit a homer and snatched two RBI.

29 Greg Sain Mob

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.

30 Wilmer Villatoro Mob

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).


Falling off


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.

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