Padres Prospect Power Rankings IV

Paul McAnulty

Only one new player joins the elite in MadFriars.com Prospect Power Rankings. This week was a stranglehold for Padres' prospects - no one wants to give up the stature that is associated with being in the top ten.

1) Jack Cust – OF - Portland

His .470 on base percentage leads the club and is second in the Pacific Coast League. He leads the minor leagues in runs scored. Last Week: 1

2) Will Venable – OF – Fort Wayne

Five more walks for the week and an RBI in four straight games, eight over that span. His .453 OBP is second best in the system and placed him second on the list. Last Week: 7

3) Seth Johnston – 2B – Fort Wayne

Hits in six of his last seven games and 19 of his last 21. He is hitting .413 against right-handed pitching. Last Week: 2

4) John Madden - RP – Fort Wayne

He has been so good that only five times this year has he faced a situation where a runner got into scoring position on him. It helps when teams the opposition is just 1-for-15 off him with runners on base. Last Week: 5

5) Jon Adkins – CL - Portland

Five hits allowed in 35 at bats with Portland and a string of ten scoreless innings to open the year. He has not let a demotion from San Diego faze him.Last Week: OTB

6) Jonathan Ellis – RP – Fort Wayne

Has a run of scoreless ball that extends over his last eight games, a span of ten innings. No two out hits have been allowed with runners in scoring position. Last Week: 8

7) Paul McAnulty – 1B – Portland

It is tough when you drop three spots in the rankings depite homering in four straight games and five of the last seven. All were solo shots as are six of his seven on the year.Last Week: 4

8) Daryl Jones – 1B/DH – Fort Wayne

A grand slam on Saturday and RBI's in four of his last five games. What we really like is nine walks in his last eight games.Last Week: 6

9) George Kottaras – C - Mobile

Nine of his last 11 hits have gone for extra bases. While he has found some of his patience again this year, he has struck out 30 times in 25 games – un-Kottaras like.Last Week: 9

10) Justin Leone – 3B - Portland

Four hits in his last 31 at bats and he still has a .330 average and is tied for the PCL lead in RBI's. He owns a .361 average with runners in scoring position.Last Week: 3

On the bubble (alphabetical):

Kyle Blanks has four multi-hit games in his last eight games.

Nic Crosta has a .349 average through his first 12 games.

Richie Daigle has a WHIP of 0.79 through 11.1 innings.

Mike Ekstrom owns a 2.10 ERA in the California League.

Brandon Higelin has allowed a .186 batting average against.

Neil Jamison has allowed four hits in 9.2 innings.

Jared Wells leads all starters in the organization in ERA.

Dropped:

Roger Deago

This list is compiled on a weekly basis through the year and while special weight is given to the week that passed, the main criteria is based on the season as a whole.

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