Power Rankings VIII

Ben Johnson was on his way to the #1 spot on the Power Rankings, and then he went and got himself promoted to the big league club. This just days after we'd finally figured out how to fill the Top Ten hole left when Paul McAnulty got the call from Bochy and Co. Who will fill two different Top Ten slots? The answers are on the inside of the PR.

NoteStats current through Saturday June 25, 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

Made just two appearances this week, and one was in an exhibition game, but we can't hold the All-Star Break against him.  In his one official outing he pitched a scoreless inning, striking out two, and in his one unofficial outing, he grabbed the save in the All-Star Game.

2 Paul Abraham LE/Mob

Started the week strong in Lake Elsinore, making two scoreless appearances and getting a save, earned a promotion (due in large part to his 1.07 ERA and .122 opponents against average with runners in scoring position) and made three appearances in Mobile.  He was shelled in the second outing, but keeps his spot by bouncing back for a scoreless frame in outing number three in Double-A.

3 Luke Steidlmayer FW/LE

One start, five innings, five hits, three runs, but only two earned in Fort Wayne to start the week, but gives up two homers, nine runs (six earned) in five innings in his first Cal League start.  Moves up because of his promotion, and two others.

4 Clay Hensley Por

Took the no decision, but didn't deserve it.  Seven innings, two hits and two earned.  Winless in June despite a 2.36 ERA this month, just 1-1 in 10 starts despite a 2.47 ERA.  Get this guy some runs already.

5 Steve Baker Mob

Gets the bump to Double-A and struggles to start, going just 5-24 with 12 strikeouts in his first week in Mobile...still, if you get moved up in the system, you're probably getting moved up the PR.

6 Mike Ekstrom FW

Lasts only 4.2 innings, giving up seven hits and six earned, and takes the loss.  After an April ERA of 2.00, and a May ERA of 1.03, is riding with a 7.14 in June.  He allowed 11 earned in his first 11 starts of the season, but has allowed 22 earned in his last four outings.

7 Chris Oxspring Por

Just keeps getting better in Triple-A.  This week grabbed the win with 6.1 innings of five hit, one earned ball.  Now 4-1 in June with a fantastic 2.43 ERA, and has warmed up with the weather, his ERA this month is less than half his April and May ERAs.

8 Chris Kolkhorst FW

Patience is a virtue, and Kolkhorst continues to demonstrate it, drawing four more walks this week, along with a 5-19 mark at the plate.  Getting on base generates production, as he scored four times this week as well.

9 Jon Knott Por

The biggest jump of the week, 12 spots, due to a power production explosion out of Knott.  This week: 10-35 with eight runs, two doubles, a triple, and three homers.  His seven RBI this week are a must.  He's only got 49 on the year now, due in large part to a .198 clip with RISP, and a woeful .075 average with RISP and two outs.

10 Fernando Valenzuela LE

Goes 7-26 this week with three runs and five RBI, and has now hit in 13 of his last 14 games and walked in each of his last four as well.

11 Bobby Scales Por

Six hits in 14 at bats, but drew seven walks as well.  Grabbed a homer, a double, and a stolen base this week, he and Knott will be expected to carry a lot of the load for Portland with Ben Johnson getting promoted.

12 Ricky Steik FW

Two appearances, two scoreless innings.  Holding opponents to a .254 average this season, though they are hitting .300 off him this month.

13 Ryan Trytten LE

Just real good.  Five appearances this week, 4.1 innings, five hits including a homer, the third he's allowed this year.  Still, two of the three dingers have been solo shots, and he knows when to bear down, opponents are hitting .167 with RISP and two outs.  A nightmare on righties (who are hitting just .220 off him), but lefties have been his undoing (.324).

14 Michael Thompson Mob

Plummeting down the PR after picking up his third straight loss.  Lasts 4.2, gives up eight hits and seven runs.  Bitten by the error bug, as only three of those were earned, but is carrying a hefty 9.14 ERA in June and lasting only 4.1 innings on average this month (after averaging slightly over seven innings a start in May).

15 George Kottaras LE

Though the week featured only six hits, four runs and one homer, he did grab six more RBI.  His batting average (.304), homers (4) and RBI (16) in June are all bests this season, with a week to go.

16 Josh Barfield Por

Really coming on strong, 10-32 this week with two homers and four RBI, hitting .360 in June and continuing to come up big in crunch time, hitting .333 with RISP.

17 Brian Burgamy LE/Mob

Goes 9-36 splitting time between Hi-A and Double-A, but logged a double and a homer in Mobile, managed two Double-A walks to go along with the six Mobile Ks.

18 Clayton Hamilton FW

A tough week, loses both his starts, despite giving up only three earned in 12 innings, and walking only two despite striking out 11.  Has lost four of his last five outings.

19 Drew Macias LE

If only there were a man on second every time Macias stepped to the dish.  He's hitting a whopping .424 with RISP and two out, but goes just 7-26 this week, stole a base, but was caught stealing once as well, making him 7-15 in the stolen base department this season.

20 Juan Ciriaco LE

Hitting just .217 this month, and weeks like this one (6-29) are why.  Did hit another homer, and grabbed two RBI.

21 Casey Baker Mob

As Dre would say, he's 'creepin' up the list, aided by hitting in 13 of his last 14.  Talk about development: after hitting .086 in April, he upped that to .241 in May, and is now crushing at a .361 clip in June.

22 Javier Martinez LE

One start, 6.1 innings, five hits, one earned.  A little shaky with the command, he walked four and struck out four, but there is little to worry about there, Martinez has K'd 64 this season, while walking only 20.

23 Dale Thayer Mob

What's not to like.  While Varner is topping our list Thayer is making his move toward the top.  This week, three appearances, two saves, just two hits and no runs in three innings.  Allowed three runs on June 1st, hasn't allowed another this month (7.2 innings, eight games).

24 Jared Wells LE

On the cusp last week, busting over it this week.  Two starts, seven plus innings in each, a grand total of zero earned runs.  He's won his last seven decisions and is 4-0 with a 1.89 ERA in June (five starts).  Has gone at least six innings in 13 of 15 starts this year.

25 J.J. Furmaniak Por

June has been kind to JJ, his .313 June average wasn't helped by this week's 8-35 performance, but he's still having his best month of the season, scoring 15 runs and cracking 12 extra base hits this month.

26 Arturo Lopez LE

A minor stumble, he lasted 6.1 innings in his one start this week, but took the loss after giving up four earned.

27 Justin Germano Por

After two weeks On The Cusp finally breaks through by picking up two wins in two starts, going 12.2 innings, and giving up just four earned between the two outings.  Hasn't lost a start since May 19th, though he's just 5-5 on the season, his 3.95 ERA is very respectable.

28 Colt Morton FW

Slumping.  His 3-16 week drops his June average down to .220, and while he drew one walk, he struck out seven times this week.  Of more concern are his struggles in run producing situations, he's hitting just .176 with RISP and two outs.

29 Greg Sain Mob/Por

There was talk that Sain could be a draft casualty, but after Tagg Bozied went on the DL Sain actually got a promotion and is making the most of it.  Pre-promo he was 1-5 with two runs and two RBI in Mobile, after the bump Sain got hot, going 6-18 in Portland with two doubles, three homers and eight RBI.

30 Jordan Pickens LE

A .225 average is not typically a PR debut, but when the average was just .183 to start the week, these things happen.  He's hit in eight straight games, gone 13-33, scored six, has seven extra base hits, and seven RBI.  Still, how long will it last, 13 of his 22 June hits came this week.




On the Cusp


Leo Rosales (LE):  An up and down year, and this was part of an up.  Three appearances, 3.1 innings, two saves, one earned.  In his last five appearances he has two wins, two saves, and zero losses.


Sean Thompson (Mob):  After seven full days between starts, Thompson comes back and takes a no decision, going six, allowing eight hits and a season high five walks against only one strikeout.  The verdict is still out on the new arm slot.


Kyle Blanks (Peoria):  Sure, it's only two games, but the draft and follow signee out of Yavapai CC in Arizona had a heck of a two games.  The first baseman was 5-9 with two doubles, two homers and nine RBI in his first two games as a pro.  That projects to a full season of...yeah, we're kidding, but this kid can mash.


Falling off


Sean Kazmar (FW):  The only member of this category to actually 'fall' off the list, Kazmar is scuffling.  He was just 5-22 this week without an RBI or a run scored.  He walked once, but struck out four other times, and has seen his average dip to .228 this month.


Tagg Bozied (Por):  A pulled muscle lands Bozied on the DL, and seeing as how he's played in less than 30 games on the season, that's grounds for a dismissal from the PR, but don't be surprised to see him start in the middle of this list when he comes back.


Ben Johnson (SD):  Had he stayed in Portland it would have been difficult to keep him out of the #1 spot on the PR, but we're guessing he'll trade that honor for the big league uniform (and payday) everyday of the week and twice on Sunday, congrats Ben.


Paul McAnulty (SD):  We were all waiting for the promotion...to Portland.  McAnulty skips a step and jumps right to the bigs, right in the middle of a 16 game hit streak.  Congrats as well Mr. McAnulty.


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