Padres Prospect Power Rankings XIV

Zero to sixty is good in evaluating a car but when a player goes from nine to 90 – well, you get a taste of Prospect Power Rankings and what have you done for me lately. Don't forget the expanded version of "On The Cusp".

NoteStats current through Saturday August 6th, 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 Josh Barfield Por

Two consecutive three hit games and a ten game hitting streak that just ended. Doubles in five straight and RBI's in four straight put him in the top spot – just like his prospect status entering the year.

2 Ben Johnson Por

He cooled considerably this last week and drops one spot with four more RBI's – but just one extra base hit. He can hear the footsteps of those behind him.

3 Chris Kolkhorst LE

An overdue promotion finally comes, sending him to LE. His 12 game hitting streak ends but he has six hits, two walks and a hit by pitch – not great and the hot hand has to continue for him to keep his ranking high.

4 Mike Thompson Por

Three starts into his Portland career it is looking like a good move. Has gone seven in each of the starts and has not allowed more than three runs or two earned. A 1.71 ERA isn't half bad.

5 Jared Wells Mob

Allows two runs over six-plus and takes the loss. Tough loss doesn't hurt him in the rankings as he steps up a notch.

6 George Kottaras Mob

When he has one of the two hits the Mobile team has in one game, he might be doing something right. Hitting .250 since arriving has yet to wow anyone.

7 Mike Ekstrom FW

Seven innings and no runs propel him up one notch. He leads the Padres' minors in wins which begs the question, when will his time come for a promotion?

8 Fernando Valenzuela LE

Not the week one would expect from the first baseman/DH. He goes 4-for-34, dropping his average to the lowest it has been all year long – that's right all year long – to .307.

9 Neil Jamison Eug

His ERA is over 1.00 after allowing runs in consecutive games but he had room to spare, saving four straight games as the Ems closer. Whiffed four of the last six batters he has faced.

10 Matt Thayer FW

Seems others are reluctant to take the plunge into the top ten. Thayer stumbled slightly this past week after his promotion to Lake Elsinore but he has done enough to move up one. A three run homer and two consecutive multi-hit games highlight the week.

12 Brent Carter Eug

Extends hit streak of consecutive starts without allowing more than two earned runs to six. He has walked five over his last three starts to bring his total to six in 49 innings. Still laughable.

13 Dale Thayer Mob

Save opportunities come few and far between in Mobile so appearances are at a minimum. But he has allowed two runs over the last 16 outings to lower his ERA to 2.86.

14 Mike Sansoe Eug

Hits in 20 of the last 21 games keep him on the upswing. The kid is getting dirty in Eugene.

15 Bobby Scales Por

Just 5-for-26 this week with ten strikeouts but no one else wants to claim his position in line. Will have to battle to stay here in the week ahead.

16 Paul McAnulty Por

Hits in 12 of his last 13 look good on the outside but hasn't had a multi-hit game in a week and just one RBI in a lineup that should bring him more than that.

17 Leo Rosales LE

This is the Leo of last year. His ERA is at the lowest point it has been since May 3. Just one earned run over his last 14 appearances and at least one strikeout in ten straight.

18 Ricky Steik FW

Back on track after a tiny patch of rough. Six of 11 outs recorded are whiffs. Did allow two inherited runners to score, more than he had all year long.

19 Matt Varner FW

Doesn't pitch this week after feeling stiffness in his arm. Yet, keeps his place in line for this week.

20 Kyle Blanks Peoria

Happy to see four walks on the ledger but going 2-for-19 drops his average under .300 for the first time this year. Just one extra base hit in his last 17 games.

21 Chris Oxspring Por

Jekyll and Hyde never saw Chris Oxspring. The kid is dazzling one week and plain ugly the next. This week was the good stuff as Ox goes eight and allows one run.

22 Brian Sweeney Por

It was bound to happen to an all-around good guy. Gives up four runs – the most he has allowed all year – in a loss. Still a fan favorite and a likely September callup.

23 Drew Davidson FW

A one week hiatus keeps him off but a strong showing puts him back ahead of plenty of others. Smashed the ball this week for the Wizards with nine RBI's over the last four games and eight hits over that span.

24 Mike Baxter FW

Hits in 15 of the last 17, including his first homer this week and a two-double game. Seems putting him in Fort Wayne wasn't such a bad idea.

25 Ryan Trytten LE

Three inherited runners this week and none score. That is the mark of a reliever. Has been balling in LE of late and begins his ascent.

26 Ernesto Frieri Peo

Needed a couple more innings and what did he do with them – more scoreless ball. Over the last 9.1 frames he has given up just three hits while striking out 11. An ERA of 1.20 on the year and three wins in his last four relief appearances.

27 Josh Geer Eug

Three games, two earned or less in each, equals three wins. Has allowed homers in four straight but they have not come back to bite him.

28 Michael Johnson LE

Eight hits this week, including six in the last three games keep him in his place. Would like to see even more before moving him up.

29 Billy Killian Peo

Six hits over his last two games and a nine game hitting streak. He could be ready for Eugene but the path is blocked.

30 Cesar Carrillo Mob

He was just drafted and already has two Double-A starts under his belt. He allowed two runs on four hits last time out and has won both starts. This kid is exciting to watch.

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

Kyle Stutes is the next in line with another solid week. One unearned run over the last eight outings.

Kennard Jones continues to knock with an eight game hit streak. Won't be long now.

Josh Alley moves up the waiting list in a big way with his 12 game hitting streak. Want to see one or two multi-hit games.

Javis Diaz is stealing bases and getting on base. We like what we see.

Steve Delabar is in the middle of the hump – more from some bouts of wildness that have produced eight hit batsmen this year.

Peter Ciofrone homers twice in one game for the first time in his career. Is hitting but fielding is a question mark.

Steve Baker is beginning to hit like Mobile is the Cal League with 14 hits over his last eight games.

Launy Sanchez hasn't been consistent enough. When he is hot he is red hot and coldness comes in between.

Alfredo Fernandez likes not closing and we like Alfredo.

Brett Dowdy has the nice start we hoped for but with others jolting up the list he has to do more.

Jonathan Ellis has entered the rotation and has done an admirable job.

Dropping off the charts:

Clayton Hamilton has not gotten the hang of the California League – yet. He will in time.

Paul Abraham allows two more runs and has four errors from the pitcher's spot – as a reliever.

Mobile wasn't so kind to Peeter Ramos and may never be. He starts off 1-for-19 in his new digs.

One hit in 18 at bats with the Ems doesn't cut it for Casey Smith.

Brett Bonvechio was so bad we had to drop him from ninth to the outside looking in.

Drew Macias didn't do much for the week and drops out of the Mr. Irrelevant position.

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