Power Rankings V

This week the Top 10 features very few new names, but a few new places, and the lower levels continue to dominate as the Power Rankings continue...

NoteStats current through Saturday June 11, 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

Not sharp in his one start this week, giving up eight earned in five innings, but he won, he's still tied for 3rd in ERA in the Midwest League, and nobody else stepped up so he stays #1 for the third straight week.

2 Matt Varner FW

Three appearances, three innings pitched, two saves, just one hit and no earned runs.  Currently second in the MWL in saves and tied for 3rd overall in all the minors.  Gave up six earned in his first appearances of the year, has given up three since (21 appearances).

3 Steve Baker LE

Just 4-26 this week with four runs scored (all on Tuesday) and had his nine game hit streak snapped.  Not a great week, but still fifth in the California League in batting average.

4 Paul Abraham LE

Two appearances, three innings pitched, one earned run, zero walks, two strikeouts.  Durable, his 30 appearances is tied for the most in the minors.

5 Michael Thompson Mob

Just one start this week and it was underwhelming.  Five innings pitched, seven hits, five earned, two walks, zero Ks and two homers.  Got the win and holds onto the Southern League ERA top spot, drops two notches here.

6 Ben Johnson Por

Big week, going 7-15 with five runs scored, two doubles, a homer and three RBI.  His nine game hit streak has him hitting .385 in June.

7 Luke Steidlmayer FW

Holds at #7 because he went only one inning in his only start this week due to weather.  Still managed to improve his ERA to 1.86 (0.47 as a reliever, 2.76 as a starter).

8 Paul McAnulty Mob

He's had a hit in all but one game in June, but hitting only .256 for the month, seven straight games currently.  Was 6-17 with four runs scored, two doubles, a triple and two homers.  Six RBI is nice.  Has 23 extra base hits all year, had five this week.

9 Bobby Scales Port

Limited action, but was 4-10 with two homers and three RBI.

10 Ricky Steik FW

Tough week.  Four appearances, 4.2 innings pitched, seven hits, three runs (two earned), took a loss.  Lost both his 19 appearances scoreless streak and an equally long homerless streak.

11 Clayton Hamilton FW

Just keeps getting better.  One start this week, seven innings pitched, two earned runs, two walks, five Ks.  Bounce back performance after last week's three inning, seven earned run outing.  Holds a 3.03 ERA and is 8-3 on the season.

12 Clay Hensley Por

Didn't get a decision, but that's becoming common (he's just 1-1 on the season despite eight starts), and doesn't change the fact that he went seven innings giving up only three hits (all three to Conor Jackson, who's hitting close to .380) and one earned with a season high eight strikeouts.  His 2.89 ERA (2.77 as a starter) is third in the Pacific Coast League.  Hasn't allowed more than four earned all year.

13 Ryan Trytten LE

Two appearances, zero hits, zero earned runs.  Only batter to reach got on with a HBP.

14 Fernando Valenzuela LE

Just 3-25 this week with a double, but scored every time he reached base (four runs).  Zero RBI and grounded into two double plays.

15 Chris Kolkhorst FW

Just 4-21 but holds his spot by drawing six walks against only one strikeout and scoring five runs.  Has walked 41 times this season with 35 Ks.

16 George Kottaras LE

Five doubles and a homer among his nine hits (24 at bats).  Showing more patience as well, drawing four walks.  His .306 average ranks 12th among all minor league catchers.

17 Jon Knott Por

Just 3-12 with a homer and two RBI, but is second in the PCL in doubles and extra base hits.

18 Juan Ciriaco LE

Like Tom Petty he's free fallin'.  Two doubles and two runs scored, just three RBI, and more strikeouts (four) than hits (three) this week.

19 Chris Oxspring LE

Coming on strong, 22.1 innings his last three starts with just five earned runs, three walks against 18 Ks.  This week 1-0 with a seven inning, four hit, two earned outing.

20 Josh Barfield Por

As hot as they come right now, 9-20 this week with two doubles, four runs scored and a homer that proved to be the game winner.  Hitting .432 in June, has had more than one hit in six of 11 games this month.

21 Drew Macias LE

Ankle injury limited him to just one game, he was 0-3 with a walk, two Ks and a run scored.

22 Javier Martinez LE

Highest debut of the week after a seven inning, one earned that featured six Ks and only one walk.  He's 3-0 in his last four starts, giving up a combined four earned in his last 26 innings.

23 Brett Dowdy FW

Solid if unspectacular this week, going 7-23 with two RBI and four runs scored.  Five BB against four strikeouts encouraging.

24 Tagg Bozied Por

Tough week, just 1-11 grounding into as many double plays (1) as RBI. 

25 Brian Burgamy Por

A 15 game hit streak will get you a mid 20s debut.  Three runs, and four RBI during 4-11 week, two doubles and three walks help.

26 Casey Baker Mob

Reached in seven straight games, 6-14 with seven runs scored on the week.  Three doubles and a triple with four RBI.

27 Colt Morton FW

Four walks is good, five K's isn't, and 1-13 is very not good.  Only hit was a double, managed two RBI, hanging on for dear life.

28 Sean Kazmar FW

Four for 19 with one run scored and three RBI, but having trouble with pitch recognition, one walk and six strikeouts.

29 J.J. Furmaniak Por

A double, a triple, two RBI, just okay right?  Five multi-hit games and a .381 average in June much better than okay.  Started slow (.241 with zero homers and one RBI in April), not anymore (.300 with nine HR and 26 RBI since).

30 Travis Chick Mob

Lost his only start, (sarcastic) shock of the week, only went six innings, giving up seven hits and four earned.  One walk and five Ks, needs to show he can go deeper into games and pitch on the road (2.33 ERA at home, 7.33 ERA on the road).  Opponents hitting .304 against him this month




On the Cusp


Arturo Lopez (LE):  Two starts, a 1-1 record, 13 innings pitched, six earned, six walks and six Ks.  Has given up one earned or less in five of his last six starts.  The one so-so start keeps him OTC.


Nataniel Mateo (Mob):  This week 3.1 innings, four hits, three Ks and zero earned.  Only one earned in his last 19 appearances.


Dale Thayer (Mob):  Closer coming on, three appearances this week, one save, one loss (came on an unearned run).  Hasn't allowed an earned run in 12 of his last 13 appearances and his 12 saves is second in the Southern League.


Justin Germano (Por):  Since his second start of the year he hasn't allowed more than four earned runs, this week a gem, seven innings, two earned, one walk and a season high 10 strikeouts.


Falling off


Wilmer Villatoro (LE):  Dropped back to Hi-A.


Greg Sain (Mob):  Just 2-9 this week with a double and two RBI.  Feeling the heat with first baseman Casey Smith taken in the ninth round of the draft.


Jack Cassell (Por):  One appearance, one inning, three hits, two earned, one walk, no strikeouts.


Sean Thompson (Mob):  Gave up three homers in five innings this week, 0-3 since promotion to Mobile.

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