Padres Prospect Power Rankings XIII

A day late and probably 20 bucks short but the movement continues – and there were a lot of players who tanked - in Padres Prospect Power Rankings. Also, check out for an expanded version of "On the Cusp" as we look at those knocking on the door.

NoteStats current through Sunday July 31th, 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 Ben Johnson Por

There is no hotter hitter in the Padres system than Ben Johnson. He moves up into the top spot with a .339 month of July with three homers in the last three games.

2 Chris Kolkhorst LE

A nine game hitting streak vaults Kolkhorst up the charts and he gets a promotion to Lake Elsinore along with it. We will take the promotion every day of the week over a higher ranking here.

3 George Kottaras Mob

A nine game hitting streak with six doubles and a move up the chain to Mobile. Also scored ten runs to cap an impressive week.

4 Mike Thompson Por

Two earned over seven in his second career start at the Triple-A level. Has given up just five hits with the bases empty since joining Portland but the three hits in seven at bats with RISP isn't promising.

5 Fernando Valenzuela LE

Mr. Consistency ends the week with the same average he began the week with - .318. Had 20 RBI's in 276 July games.

6 Jared Wells Mob

Debuts with Mobile in a big way, polishing off the opponent with seven innings of two run ball. The top of the Mobile rotation is looking mighty fine with Wells and Carrillo.

7 Josh Barfield Por

Had a string of six consecutive at bats with a hit and went 12-for-24 for the week to raise his average to .305. Has struck out just four times in the last ten games.

8 Mike Ekstrom FW

Allows nine runs over two outings for the week but has a 3.60 ERA through six starts in July. He has been the best starter for Fort Wayne – the long season may be getting to him.

9 Brett Bonvechio LE

Nine for 24 cap a torrid July where the third baseman smashed the ball at a .345 clip. Has 38 extra base hits on the season.

10 Neil Jamison Eug

Sure he allowed a run – but the kid still sports an ERA that mom would be proud of at 0.93. Just one hit allowed in 22 at bats with RISP. Stellar.

11 Matt Thayer FW

With so many players stinking it up in a profound way and Thayer not one of them, he makes the biggest jump of the year. A .387 July with Fort Wayne is enough credence to allow you to do that.

12 Kyle Blanks Peoria

Two three-hit games this week but not the mauling style we are used to. Believe it or not, of his last ten hits, one has gone for extra bases. Still jumps a few who don't want to be on the list.

13 Bobby Scales Por

Thirteen homers for the year from a guy who didn't really know what the term "long ball" meant. He has stayed consistent through the year and is batting .316 with RISP.

14 Brent Carter Eug

A name to remember. Four earned runs over his last four starts and a remarkable 42-to-4 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He was on the cusp last week and makes the plunge with a strong showing this past week. He is the hottest pitcher in the system.

15 Paul McAnulty Por

Was on the cusp last week and shows what is possible with a some protection in the lineup. Hitting .373 with eight of his 16 hits going for extra bases.

16 Brian Sweeney Por

One of his worst outings of the year and only one earned run scores. Did allow ten hits but owns a 2.65 ERA in July. A shame he is just 1-0 over six starts.

17 Dale Thayer Mob

A .082 ERA in July offsets a .300 average against over the month. Has kept the opposition to a .170 average against with RISP. That is what a reliever should be doing.

18 Matt Varner FW

Four runs allowed this past week for the Rolaids Relief Awards leader. In a world of what have you done for me lately, he drops.

19 Ricky Steik FW

Five runs allowed in 2.1 innings this week push his ERA up to 2.26. All of the earned runs he has allowed on the season have come in pairs. He gives up runs in two straight games and goes on a relief pitching tear. Seems like the tear is on deck.

20 Casey Smith Peoria

Continues to rake with the team in Peoria. The RBI's are down but his average maintains its high status at .328. Sat out a couple of games this week but bounced back on Sunday to go 2-for-5.

21 Mike Sansoe Eug

Has a ten game hitting streak with 11 runs scored and 11 RBI's over that span to jump onto the list. Has become a catalyst at the top of the order in Eugene, scoring 12 runs in 15 games from the leadoff spot.

22 Leo Rosales LE

Has converted eight straight save opportunities and has shown his strength in the second half, similar to a year ago. Rosales has a 1.62 ERA for July and has allowed just 11 hits in 16.2 innings this past month. Was a member of the On the Cusp team.

23 Chris Oxspring Por

Tagged for eight runs in 4.2 innings, the seventh time he has given up five runs or more in a start. Opponents hit .308 off him in July. Someone stop the bleeding

24 Clayton Hamilton LE

Eight innings of Cal League ball have produced ten runs against for the hard-throwing righty. He has already given up 18 hits in the small sampling of Storm baseball. Free-falling and a good start is the only way to stop it.

25 Paul Abraham Mob

Three earned runs over his last 4.1 innings, but he has been better of late – seems like years ago when he was tearing up the California League.

26 Peeter Ramos Mob

"Hello, you say Mobile is on the phone?" How does six straight games with an RBI sound for a second baseman who isn't known for his ability to drive in runs?

27 Mike Baxter FW

A ten game roll sends the first baseman from the inactive list to the big time. Has six extra base hits over his last eight games and has whiffed just four times all year!

28 Michael Johnson LE

When you drive in 11 runs and it takes three games to do it – all of us bow to your mighty bat. Johnson has 46 RBI's in 40 games.

29 Ryan Trytten LE

Eight straight appearance bring Ryan Trytten back on the list. The reliever took some time adjusting to Cal League ball but is doing just fine, thank you very much.

29 Drew Macias LE

Eight hits over the week but just three runs scored. Two stolen bases help but no RBI's. Has K'ed four times in the last 20 games - impressive.


On the cusp (in order of closest to the top 30:

Santiago Guerrero has a nine game hitting streaks - a funny way of getting you noticed. Five triples and a team leading 25 RBI's help too. Michael Johnson drove in 11 runs for the week. Just needs to be consistent from game to game. He is sitting at 30a.

Ernesto Frieri stays put after a week of inactivity. A 1.38 ERA – just needs a couple more innings.

Corey Smith belts six homers and wins Southern League Player of the week. A sub par season is the only thing keeping him off the hot list.

Kyle Stutes has an ERA under 2.00 and is well on his way to returning to the list.

Jason Kershner – call me a fan. Has dropped his ERA a full two runs since joining the Beavers and is a bridge to the closer…

Dustin Delucchi doesn't get much press but has been a valuable addition to Portland. Hitting .287 since joining them.

Brandon Kintzler has gone six straight without a run allowed – over three different leagues!

Kennard Jones has strung together an impressive month – one everyone thought he had in him. He is knocking.

Jon Link has done it in the bullpen and in the rotation. Next up, the top 30?

Javis Diaz had ten hits over a four game span – yeah, he is getting a watchful eye.

Josh Geer has strung together two nice outings and a third could turn him into something special.

Abraham Aguilar just hasn't played enough this week or he may have debuted on the hot list.

Steve Delabar has been knocking on the door for weeks. Just needs to get over the hump.

Jarol Gonzalez only played in a few games this week and regressed, slightly. He is still hitting .339.

Billy Killian has a cool six game hitting streak with five RBI's over it. He doesn't whiff a lot but would be nice to see some walks.

Launy Sanchez added another four hit game to his arsenal. He has been up and down, bordering on joining the elite.

Brett Dowdy gets the promotion and could be on the list with a nice start in Lake Elsinore.

Jose Oyervidez has been keeping hitters from getting wood on the ball all year – but those walks are hard to ignore.

Josh Alley is only hitting .226 you say but if he continues his five game hitting streak and gets the average up, it won't be long before the on base percentage is over .400 - again.

Cesar Carrillo is in Double-A – after four pro starts. He gave up four but looked a lot better than the runs suggest.

Dropping off the charts:

Adam Bourassa breaks his hand and will miss the rest of the season, but his work did not go unnoticed.

Luke Steidlmayer was awful after being brought up to Mobile. Twelve runs allowed in two starts. He will be back.

Jon Knott is hitting .262 and that just won't cut it with this group.

Kelvin Vazquez was hanging on by a thread – until it snapped.

Drew Davidson lost some of the momentum he had going. Remains a guy to watch but drops off for the week.

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