Tool Time: Top Power HItters

Rocketing balls out of the park, particularly at PETCO Park, is something craved, These San Diego Padres prospects have the ability to send the rock deep into the night.

Kyle Blanks

Packing 280-pounds behind any swing – even if it is a soft swing – packs a wallop. Blanks doesn't even know how strong he is or can be. Blanks has more power packed into his frame and is still learning to tap into that ability. Hitting homers in Nelson Wolff Stadium was a feat he was able accomplish, regardless of the 15-20 mph winds blowing in.

While there are questions about his ability to use his lower half more, there is no debating his ability to send balls far into the night. He has the potential to be an 80 on the traditional 20-80 scouting scale with power to all fields.

Rymer Liriano

Setting a new Dominican Summer League Padres record with nine homers in his initial campaign bodes well for his future power. A lithe frame that has incredible strength will continue to blossom, as he profiles to hit for more homers than any farmhand if he can clean up his pitch selection.

Liriano will try and hit for power, decreasing his ability to hit the ball and is susceptible to the breaking ball. As he matures, however, Liriano has the kind of power to be a special force.

Matt Clark

After hitting 28 homers in his final season at LSU, Clark's power is drawn from a big frame. Clark can put a charge into any ball and will do damage as he continues to mature in his hitting mechanics.

Clark has power to all fields and his pull power is special. There are times when he gets home run happy, which has a negative affect on his overall power. Shortening up his swing some will give him a bigger edge in the power department.

Kellen Kulbacki

Kulbacki can swing the stick with the best of them and consistently puts good wood on the ball. His knack for making solid contact provides an ability to do damage.

The outfielder hit 22 home runs in an injury-shortened season and could be in line to match that feat in 2009, even in a pitcher's park. Kulbacki's hard contact rate is fantastic and a line drive stroke allows him to keep things simple to smash liners out of the yard.

Allan Dykstra

His first professional homer was a grand slam and there will be plenty more bombs to come. Dykstra is an intimidating presence in the batter's box and has the power to match.

The first baseman has light-tower power but has to work on his separation, stride and trigger to maximize its potential. A patient approach lends to his power potential, allowing him to hone in on pitches he can hammer.

Honorable Mention:

James Darnell

A wiry built specimen with plenty of grown potential, Darnell has lean muscle that he uses to his advantage. Darnell is a player who could jump up the rankings in future seasons. His power is legit.

Yefri Carvajal

Hitting just four homers across a full season in 2008 doesn't scream power, but make no mistake, Carvajal has as much power as anyone on this list. Putting the pieces of the puzzle together with pitch selection is the key to tapping the potential.

Sawyer Carroll

The outfielder was an extra base machine in Eugene and can send balls out of the yard with regularity. Carroll has been trying to eliminate the rap in his swing, as well as a slight loop that doesn't allow him to hit balls soundly.

Chad Huffman

A down season in a tough park soured some on Huffman's power. A consistent approach and good balance through his swing should provide a rebound season. The park in San Antonio simply got into his mind.

Mitch Canham

No player in the organization has the strength that Canham does in his wrists and forearms. A bit of a leak forward saps his strength, but Canham should break out in the coming years.

Brian Joynt

A total overhaul of his swing and mechanics led to a much more consistent approach where his bat head stayed in the zone and gave him hard contacts. With a solid frame, Joynt could blossom even further.

Matt Antonelli

Where Antonelli really differs from the rest: he doesn't miss often. Give him a pitch in his wheelhouse and the infielder will take it to the house. He may not have the raw power of others, but Antonelli uses it effectively.

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