Power Rankings IX

There was little movement atop the PR this week, because nobody seemed to want to claim the top spot. There are however some players making their case, and Dale Thayer, Kyle Blanks and Brian Burgamy top that list. This list however features the 30 hottest prospects in the Padres system, as only MadFriars can give them to you.

NoteStats current through Saturday July 02, 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

Stays on top because nobody bothered to outperform Varner, who made only one appearance and wasn't terribly sharp.  In just one-third of an inning Varner gave up three hits and two runs while walking one.  Needs to bounce back to remain on top next week.

2 Clay Hensley Por

One start, six innings, five hits, two earned.  Gave up a homer this week, but obviously loves pitching in Portland, where his ERA (2.15) is two and a half runs better than on the road.

3 Paul Abraham Mob

Carries a 6.23 ERA since the promotion to Mobile, but seems to be settling down.  Pitched 4.1 innings, giving up two runs, but only one earned.  Nerves probably contributed, notice the wild pitch and balk called on him.

4 Luke Steidlmayer LE

Got the promotion to Lake Elsinore, still drops a spot after his first outing there produced 10 hits and six earned runs in just five innings.  Welcome to the Cal League, gave up two homers in his first start there after giving up three in 59.1 innings at Fort Wayne.

5 Chris Kolkhorst FW

Came into the week with 12 RBI in 270 at bats, knocked in four in just 25 at bats this week, after going 8-25 with a pair of doubles, and grabbed two stolen bases to remind us he's still a lead off guy.

6 Fernando Valenzuela LE

Carries a seven game hit streak, but just one hit in each of those seven games, which explains how he hit less than .250 this week.  Hitting .365 at home, and just .248 away from Elsinore.

7 Jon Knott Por

A solid week considering he got limited playing time.  Goes 5-15 with a double and two homers, drives in five, but all that was accomplished Saturday during his 3-3, two homer, five RBI game.  Needs to drive in runs with the long ball, he's hitting .075 with runners in scoring position and two out.

8 Mike Ekstrom FW

One start, 5.1 innings, three earned, but he's lost his last two and hasn't looked as sharp as he did early in the year.  Is the arm getting tired?  It's his first full season, and endurance could become a factor.

9 Brian Burgamy Mob

The law of averages says that somebody had to be hot, and Burgamy was the guy.  Currently riding a six game hit streak, was 8-22 this week with three runs scored, a homer, and four RBI.  Grabbed a stolen base to pad the resume.

10 Michael Thompson Mob

A return to form for the right hander, going seven innings and giving up just two earned runs.  That outing lowered his pitiful June ERA to 7.53, after posting a 1.66 in May.  Still a bounce back after giving up 21 runs in his previous three starts, totaling just 16.2 innings.

11 Chris Oxspring Por

In his first start this week he appeared to continue his climb up the PR, going 6.1 innings, giving up just four hits and one earned.  Imploded his second start, getting shelled for nine hits and nine earned runs in just two innings.  If they get to him, they get to him early.  In innings one through three this season Oxspring has given up 39 earned runs (in 46.1 innings pitched), from the 4th through the 9th (48 innings on the season) he's given up just 13.

12 Bobby Scales Por

Just an okay week, 7-21 with a pair of doubles and three RBI.  Scales hit .375 in April, but then hit only .279 in May and June.  Likes the bottom of the order, he's hitting .435 in the ninth spot in the lineup, and still can be clutch, hitting .366 with RISP and two outs.

13 Ricky Steik FW

What a weird single outing.  Two innings pitched, no hits, no runs, but walks five batters.  Prior to that he'd walked 10 in 36.1 innings, still the 1.88 ERA says he's getting it done, even if it is a little unconventional.

14 Steve Baker Mob

A modest four game hit streak doesn't make up for a 5-23 performance that yielded a double, a homer, and just two RBI.  Did steal a base, but managed to K four times without drawing a single walk.

15 Ryan Trytten LE

Two appearances, 1.1 innings pitched, three hits, two runs, two walks and only one strikeout.  Dependable in tough situations, his ERA is 1.50 on the road, and righties are hitting just .236 off him.

16 Dale Thayer Mob

Making a statement with two appearances and two saves.  Did give up a solo shot in one game, and the walks are too high (16 in 34.2 innings).  To remain a closer is going to have to miss a few more bats (opponents are hitting .288 off him.)

17 Josh Barfield Por

Just 2-13 this week, but drew five walks to go along with his five Ks.  In June Barfield hit .333 with four homers, 13 RBI, and nine walks, all season bests for a single month.

18 Juan Ciriaco LE

The comeback kid, Ciriaco was 4-11 in limited action, but made the most of those hits, collecting a double, triple, homer, and four RBI.  Allows him to stick around despite a June batting average hovering around the Mendoza Line.

19 Drew Macias LE

You want clutch?  How's .429 with RISP and two out?  Hitting .365 in June, he was 5-13 this month with a homer, three runs scored, and three RBI.  Needs to work on some things, has only stolen a base in 8 of 18 attempts, despite blazing speed.

20 Clayton Hamilton FW

A strong, if uninspiring start this week.  Seven innings (nice), six hits (impressive), four earned (okay) on three homers (what?).  Goes 1-3 with a 4.46 ERA in June.

21 George Kottaras LE

What is up with this kid?  Going 3-10 is okay, grabs only one RBI in the week, but still hit .304 with four homers and 16 RBI in June.

22 Casey Baker Mob

On one side of the coin Baker hit .325 in June, on the flip side he's a pathetic .069 hitting with RISP and two out.  Two runs scored on the 3-16 week, stole a base, got caught stealing once as well.

23 Kyle Blanks AZL

The Padres told us they were real happy to get this guy signed, and he's living up to the 'Big Nasty' nickname.  This week, 6-18 with two doubles, two homers, six RBI, and five runs scored.  A free swinger, he's yet to draw a walk, but who cares?  He's hitting .343 over his first nine pro games with 10 extra base hits and 16 RBI.

24 Jared Wells LE

Other than getting roughed up a little in the All Star Game Wells didn't make an appearance, and we're going to leave him right where he is until he does.

25 J.J. Furmaniak Por

A down week (2-13) can't spoil a solid June (.308 avg. in June his best yet) and getting more patient.  Walked as many times as he struck out this week (3) and had his highest walk, and lowest strikeout totals this month.

26 Adam Bourassa LE

An eight game hitting streak won't get you on the list by itself, so the outfielder added two runs, five doubles, an RBI, and impressive play in all three outfield spots.  Hitting .386 in June with seven steals in eight attempts sealed the deal.  Welcome to the PR Adam.

27 Javier Martinez LE

Coming into his only start this week Martinez had given up just one homer in his last six trips to the bump.  In 5.2 innings he gave up three jacks, but still, he hasn't lost since May 9th.  Has given up 15 homers in 15 starts, despite two three homer games this year.

28 Sean Thompson Mob

Another promising outing from our favorite lefty journal writer.  Goes 6.2 innings, giving up seven hits and two earned runs, doesn't walk a batter and struck out a Mobile high eight.  In his first four starts (call it Pre-NAA, or Pre-New Arm Angle) he pitched 19 innings, gave up 11 earned, walked 11 and struck out 17.  Since the June 9th game where he gave up three jacks he's made four more starts, going 25.2 innings, giving up seven earned, walking nine and striking out 24.

29 Justin Germano Por

Struggling to stay on the list, made one start this week, 5.2 innings, seven hits, five earned, three walks and five Ks.  Promising note:  gave up a homer in each of his first nine starts this season, but hasn't allowed one in his last five.

30 Greg Sain Por

Just 2-17 with a walk and four Ks.  Splitting time until Tagg Bozied comes back, but will need to step it up to continue to compete with Jon Knott.




On the Cusp


Arturo Lopez (LE):  Bumped to the cusp in a tight race this week after giving up nine hits and six runs (only three earned) in 6.1 innings.  Stays on the cusp because he's given up three or less in 7 of his last 9 starts.


Peeter Ramos (LE):  A nine game hit streak, a .500 week (7-14), five runs scored, two doubles, two stolen bases and two RBI.  He's swiped 15 bags in 17 chances this year, could be moving quick if the bat continues to be strong.


Santiago Guerrero (Eug):  Not quite 22 years old yet, and has a lot of moving to do, but showing that it could happen sooner than later.  A seven game hit streak and a 5-16 week that included two triples and four runs.  Most impressive:  Four walks against only three Ks and six RBI.


Falling off


Jordan Pickens (LE):  Just 2-12 with one run scored for a guy who barely scraped on the list last week.


Colt Morton (FW):  The slide continues, just 2-15 with a single run and a single RBI.  Is showing more patience (seven walks against only four strikeouts), but hit only .206 for the month of June, after hitting over .350 in April.

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