Padres Prospect Power Rankings XI

Look out below, and above, as the Power Rankings get jostled in a big way by new names and faces. A few of the mighty have fallen yet others have brought their club and are on the way up the mountain. Looking to number one? That position stays the same in Padres Prospect Power Rankings.

NoteStats current through Saturday July 9th, 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 Clay Hensley Por

A stellar performance in the All-Star game where he struck out two of the three batters he faced and a win – that's right, a win while pitching in Portland. Three July starts and a .186 average against keep him in the top slot again.

2 Fernando Valenzuela LE

After complaining about his power last week he shows us he is not afraid of putting a little pop under the ball. He is riding a seven game hit streak and has two homers and ten RBI's for the week. He took over the team lead in RBI's with 59.

3 Chris Kolkhorst FW

How does a grand slam and five RBI's sound – coming from a kid who had just 16 RBI's through his first 83 games. He is hitting .375 in July and makes a big jump in the standings.

4 Ricky Steik FW

Love for the setup man. Steik had three more appearances, three more scoreless. He has gone ten straight without allowing a run and has a slim ERA of 1.62. Seventeen holds on the year have proved his worth and aided the Wizards on the way to a playoff berth in the first half.

5 Mike Thompson Mob

Moves up without taking the hill for Mobile – well sort of. He got the start in the All-Star game and worked two innings without allowing a run against the best in the Southern League. Not too shabby.

6 Matt Varner FW

Bounced back after allowing runs in three straight games to nail down a save and nab a win. Despite a 5.40 ERA for the month, has a .214 batting average against.

7 Chris Oxspring Por

A slow week due to the All-Star game sees him on the sidelines resting until his next start. Coming off a three-hit shutout, he stays status quo.

8 Paul Abraham Mob

Was shelled this week, giving up five runs in two appearances, dropping him eight spots. He is learning that the Southern League can be a hitter's league, much like the Cal League. Although he tore through the competition at High-A, Abraham has struggled in Double-A, sporting a 6.92 ERA in ten appearances.

9 Luke Steidlmayer LE

Drops a few slots after one outing produces four runs over seven innings, including two jacks. Since joining Lake Elsinore, he has given up five homers in four starts. He had given up just three over 16 outings with Fort Wayne. Still, the outing wasn't as bad as the numbers suggest.

10 Mike Ekstrom FW

One start – four innings, four runs – in what was his shortest outing of the year. He is 11-3 on the year and his one start this week is just the fifth time this year he has given up four runs or more on the year. Owns a 2.65 ERA in July and has a .216 average against with runners in scoring position (RISP) and two outs.

11 Adam Bourassa LE

The outfielder has hit ever since joining Lake Elsinore as a castoff. In 36 games with the Storm he is hitting .368 with 19 walks and 28 runs scored. He added three more multi-hit games this past week and for good measure was credited with four outfield assists over a three game span!

12 George Kottaras LE

Steady Eddie has maintained an average between .289 and .310 since May 17, a two month span. Two homers this week along with six walks to four strikeouts. After failing to throw out nine straight base stealers, nabbed two in a row on Saturday.

13 Kyle Blanks Peoria

Gigantor sees his roughest patch of the season, going 0-for-9 during one two-game stretch. Remarkably, he comes back to show he has some patience at the plate with four walks in his next game, including one with the bases juiced. As team's begin to give him nothing but garbage, he will need to be selective.

14 Clayton Hamilton FW

One start and a no-decision to show for it. Three runs allowed over 5.1 innings isn't half bad and keeps his team in the game. Has strung together two nice starts in a row after a rough patch. Fourteen of nineteen starts have seen him hold the opposition to three runs or less.

15 Jared Wells LE

Wells was so good for so long that we took it for granted. Now when he is pummeled, we dog him. Eight runs on 12 hits does not endear him to this list, breaking a string of nine straight victories for the righty. He had not given up more than five runs or nine hits all year.

16 Bobby Scales Por

Seven for his last nine with two doubles, a homer and four RBI's. Over his last five games played he has eight RBI's. His 49 RBI's are second best on the Portland team

17 Jon Knott Por

Just two hits, and a walk during the week diminish his status. Whiffed five times during the week and his .209 batting average with RISP is a serious question mark for the slugger, as his .095 average with RISP and two outs.

18 Steve Baker Mob

Going 3-for-8 with a homer and two RBI's keeps him locked in. After hitting .189 in June with Mobile, the outfielder is hitting .306 in July – on par with the start to his season in Lake Elsinore where he tore up the league.

19 Dale Thayer Mob

Didn't register a single appearance with Mobile but did play in the Southern League All-Star game. He showed he wasn't worthy, allowing five runs in his inning of work. That alone dropped him in the standings.

20 Justin Germano Por

Logs a quality start with three runs allowed over six innings to keep him level. Has consistently lowered his ERA each month since getting knocked around in April. July is his lowest yet at 2.77.

21 Brett Bonvechio LE

Third baseman is showing the league who is the boss as he continues his roll with a nine game hitting streak. Bonvechio has five extra base hits this past week and still owns an on base percentage over .400. Strikeout totals are still alarming at 104 for the year.

22 Josh Barfield Por

No hits since returning from the Futures game but two walks in one game is encouraging. He is still learning to drive the ball with authority in the PCL, having just 18 extra base hits through 88 games.

23 Peeter Ramos LE

The kid just keeps on hitting. Another nine game hitting streak, on top of a 12-gamer that just ended, move him up in the standings. He is hitting .311 since the start of June and has three multi-hit contests in his last five games. The second baseman is hitting .311 since moving into the number two spot in the lineup from the leadoff position.

24 Casey Smith Peoria

Has taken being sent down to Peoria with a vengeance, showing he belongs at a higher level. Went 7-for-16 with three RBI's and three walks this week and sports an average of .373 on the year. Also contributed an outfield assist – as a converted first baseman.

25 Brian Burgamy LE

Two for five with one RBI but not seeing regular time in the outfield with Mobile. Tough to stay on a list when you are not getting regular reps but when he is in he has produced. Batting .143 with RISP in Southern League play which is a concern.

26 Brian Sweeney Por

The guy simply keeps on ticking and has an affinity for pitching with Portland. Seven straight starts with teo oe fewer runs allowed perks up anyone's ears. Low walk totals, 11, in 53 innings make it even better. Has a .306 ERA since joining the Beavers.

27 Neil Jamison Eug

The closer for Long Beach State has proven to be an effective reliever with the Ems. He has six straight scoreless appearances and has whiffed six over his last four innings, including striking out the side in one game. His ERA is a miniscule 0.69 with one earned run over 11 appearances on the year.

28 Kelvin Vazquez Peoria

Goes 6-for-16 with three walks, two stolen bases and five runs scored this week. Wasn't getting regular playing time early on but has shown capable, hitting .333 for the year with ten runs scored and more walks, seven, than strikeouts, six.

29 Matt Lauderdale FW

Has filled in admirably for Colt Morton – and perhaps has been better than his counterpart. Is 6-for-18 over the last week with three RBI's. Is hitting .301 for the year and an amazing .417 with RISP. Hasn't been great at throwing runners out, one for his last 16.

30 Javier Martinez LE

Hangs on to the last position with a seven run outing that saw four runs cross the plate. Has come back strong from his injury and looks to be in good shape for the final two months of the year. Has limited the opposition to a .203 average against with RISP.

On the cusp:

Drew Davidson is on a roll, going 6-for-15 over his last three games with an RBI in each. He also has two outfield assists and is threatening to make a move.

Luany Sanchez is battling for playing time on a Peoria squad that also has Billy Killian. When he is in the game he has come through, going 10-for-19 over his last five games with four extra base hits.

Brad Baker hasn't had an easy time in the PCL but has strung together six straight outing without allowing a run. Over the last week he has two saves and has held three inherited runners from scoring.

Ernesto Frieri has extremely high walk totals, issuing a free pass to 15 in his first five games but doesn't give up a whole lot of hits, just ten in 18.2 innings. He has also whiffed 20 over that span.

Dropping off the charts:

Ryan Trytten has allowed runs in four of his last five appearances. He has been given credited with two blown saves during that time.

Casey Baker is one for his last 15 and doesn't have an extra base hit over his last 19 games.

Juan Ciriaco didn't have a bad week with five hits in 21 at bats but struck out six times and committed two more errors to push his total to 31 for the year.

Drew Macias was 3-for-21 for the week with one hit that mattered – a grand slam. Was quiet otherwise and is hitting .157 in July.

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