Power Rankings VII

The Power Rankings hit week seven with a bang, and relievers are leading the way. Not that the starters (namely Chris Oxspring) aren't making their move, and don't forget the big bats, some surging (Ben Johnson) and some slumping (Tagg Bozied).

NoteStats current through Saturday June 18, 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 Matt Varner FW

Four appearances, four innings pitched, four saves.  Gave up just two hits, and zero earned runs, didn't walk a batter and struck out four.  Might be ready for a promotion.

2 Paul Abraham LE

Like Varner had four appearances, notched one save, gave up one run and four hits.  Also K'd four without a walk, dropped his season ERA to 1.10.

3 Mike Ekstrom FW

Two starts, one typically great, one very much not.  In his one win he goes 7.1 and gives up only one earned, bailed out in his first start of the week, getting a no decision after going only five and giving up seven earned on seven hits.  Struck out 11, still the hottest starter in the system.

4 Ben Johnson Por

Seven hits in 30 at bats, but five went for extra bases including three home runs.  Grabbed five more RBI, and scored five runs, just hitting the ball hard.

5 Luke Steidlmayer FW

One start (on the 14th), six hits, three earned runs and a win.  Gave up a homer, his third of the season, and apparently should avoid the 14th of the month, where he's given up a jack in his last two.

6 Steve Baker LE

Just 6-24 with two doubles and three RBI, but remains productive, drawing three walks and scoring five runs.  Still in the top 10 in the California League with his .344 batting average.

7 Paul McAnulty Mob

A 14 game hit streak will move you up the Power Rankings, but needs to be more productive to crack the Top 5, despite going 9-25 with three doubles he scored only one run and drove in only three.

8 Clay Hensley Por

Continues to showcase his stuff, one start, 6.2 innings, seven hits and zero earned runs.  Needs some help though, just 1-1 in nine starts despite a 2.45 ERA.

9 Chris Kolkhorst FW

Big week, 10-31 with six runs scored.  As many walks (4) as strikeouts, we'd like to see a little more pop though, just one double in those 10 at bats and only three RBI.

10 Michael Thompson Mob

After several weeks looking like Cy Young, came down to Earth, without a parachute.  Two starts, 12 innings, 21 hits, 14 earned runs.  Still managed to steal a win in one of those two, but has given up 19 earned in his last three starts, after giving up 15 earned in his first 11.

11 Chris Oxspring Por

Two starts, a 1-1 record, but things have turned around in a hurry for Oxspring.  This week he threw 15.1 innings, gave up eight runs, but only five earned, walking five and striking out 16.  In his last five starts the Aussie is 4-1, averaging 7.1 per, two runs per, walking only eight while striking out 34.

12 Bobby Scales Por

Falls out of the Top 10 after getting only three hits in 19 at bats, scoring just one run and driving in only two RBI.

13 Ryan Trytten LE

Three appearances, three innings pitched, three hits, zero earned runs, two walks, three strikeouts.  One more week of this and he'll start moving back up the list.

14 Fernando Valenzuela LE

Stays where he is despite a seven game hit streak because despite nine hits in 24 chances this week, he scored only once and drove in only three.

15 Clayton Hamilton FW

Not bad in his two starts, going 0-1 in 10.1 innings and giving up only three earned, but falls a little because we expect more.  Breaking stuff is breaking down his catchers, three of his four wild pitches have come in his last five starts.

16 George Kottaras LE

The young catcher stalls but still producing, 7-24, five runs scored, two doubles, a home run, and three RBI.  Showing more patience (three walks this week), but needs to show more before he heads to the Southern League.

17 Ricky Steik FW

Relievers shoot up this chart slowly, and fall fast.  In four appearances Steik took a loss, and gave up just one earned in 4.2 innings, but wasn't missing many bats, striking out only one.

18 Juan Ciriaco LE

Seven for 22 with four runs scored, three doubles and six RBI.  Holds firm after falling two straight weeks, please take some extra ground balls, the errors are becoming frustrating.

19 Drew Macias LE

A huge week sends him up the list, going 12-25 with four doubles, four RBI, six runs scored and four straight multi-hit games.

20 Josh Barfield Por

Has his in 18 of his last 20 games, went 8-28 this week with a double and three RBI.  On the 19th of May he was hitting .224, on the 18th of June he's hitting .286.

21 Jon Knott Por

Drops four slots after a 5-25 week that featured just one run, and one RBI.  As many strikeouts as hits this week.

22 Brian Burgamy Por

Just keeps getting big hits.  Though he was just 7-29 this week he had three doubles and two homers, scoring five runs.  His four RBI were clutch, but needs to make more contact, four walks against 11 Ks.

23 Casey Baker Mob

A 10 game hit streak would be a bigger deal if teammate McAnulty's wasn't at 14.  Still, his 8-23, three double, three RBI, four run week is nice.  Unfortunately he's got another streak going too, has struck out in eight straight games, and his average is only .238 despite the 10 game hit streak.

24 Colt Morton FW

Back on track this week with a homer, three doubles, and five RBI, 5-19 isn't too bad, but won't jump start a car either.

25 Arturo Lopez LE

The highest debut of the week comes after Lopez turned in another pleasing performance.  Five innings, four hits, just one earned.  That's becoming a common theme, Lopez has allowed one earned or less in six of his last seven starts.

26 Javier Martinez LE

Only one start, five innings, six hits and five earned.  Walked three and struck out four, not great, but has learned to keep the ball down, gave up 11 homers in his first eight starts, just one in his last five.

27 Tagg Bozied Por

Suddenly slumping, going just 2-15 with two RBI this week.  Scored only one run, walked twice, struck out twice.  Not unusual for a player coming off the DL to get hot and then cold, needs to turn it around soon.

28 JJ Furmaniak Por

A solid week bumps him up a notch, goes 7-22 with four runs scored, a triple a homer and two RBI.  Hitting .329 in June.

29 Sean Kazmar FW

They say speed can't be taught, so Kazmar's two stolen bases keep him on the list despite going just 6-28 with a run, a double and two RBI.

30 Dale Thayer Mob

Has 14 scoreless outings in his last 15 appearances.  Just one this week, a single inning, a single hit, no walks and two Ks.  Also knows what it means to bear down, opponents are hitting just .216 with runners in scoring position.




On the Cusp


Justin Germano (Por):  Just one start, and it was solid, but not enough to get him on the list.  Five innings, four hits, one earned, three walks and five strikeouts, doesn't get the win, and thus stays on the cusp.


Sean Thompson (Mob):  A new arm slot, and stellar results.  Seven innings, two hits, one earned run, two walks and a season high eight strikeouts.  Has to show us a little consistency before he jumps back on the list.


Jared Wells (LE):  Two starts this week, one win, just two earned runs.  Gave up 16 hits in the two starts, walked two and struck out seven.  He's won six straight decisions and gone six innings in 12 of his 14 starts.  One more good start and he's on the list, string a couple more together and he could rocket up the chart.


Falling off


Travis Chick (Mob):  Has lost his last three starts, this week had two and wasn't impressive.  In the two outings:  11 innings, 12 hits, five earned, three walks, and 13 Ks.  Finally went more than six innings in a start (on the 12th), and then lasted only four in his next one...does he have the endurance to be a starter?


Brett Dowdy (FW):  Started the week white hot, going 2-3 with five RBI, and then had his hand broken, sending him to the DL.  Not his fault, expect a return to this list once he returns to the Wizards.

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