Power 50 Notes
last updated: 11/01/2002

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  Power 50
+/- Rank  Name  Level  Pos  Age 
1  01 Nelson, Brad   A   1B 36 L R
  When picking Brad for #1, it just came down to preferring Brad's power potential over Ben's present successes; Brad is 19 and will be in AA before he's 21 and the sky is the limit
1  02 Hendrickson, Ben   MLB   SP 38 R R
  Despite dropping a spot to finish the season, you can't question what Ben brings to the table for the Crew: durability, a middle of the rotation bulldog mentality and the ability to get to Milwaukee before his 23rd birthday
 03 Jones, Mike   A   MR 36 R R
  Mike Jones will be a stud in Milwaukee, it's just a matter of time, and he's a prime favorite to head up the Power 50 by the end of next season
3  04 Hardy, J.J.   MLB   SS 37 R R
  Comparisons to Robin Yount aside, J.J. is has better fundamentals than almost every other 20 year old in the minors and just needs a little more time to break through with a wood bat
1  05 Hart, Corey   A   OF 37 R R
  Corey will hit for power wherever he goes simply because of the unique leverage he can get on balls due to his stature; future is probably not at third base, but he will give the Brewers a much needed corner outfield bat in the coming years
2  06 Krynzel, Dave   MLB   CF 38 L L
  A true spark plug, Dave has made steps each season towards the Brewers' vision of a prototypical leadoff man, though he'll still be tested heavily next season in Huntsville
1  07 Parra, Manny   A   MR 37 L L
  Lefthanded, throws strikes, and throws them hard; about the only thing between Manny and Milwaukee is experience, which he'll get in spades over the next few seasons
3  08 Fielder, Prince   A   1B 35 L R
  Just about the only thing separating Prince and Brad is Prince's defensive shortcomings, which need to be addressed
 09 Diggins, Ben   A   MR 40 R R
  Made 2 of his 5 major league starts quality starts despite starting the season in advanced-A Ball; he's not ready for the majors, but give him a year and he will be
 10 Yeatman, Matt   A   MR 37 R R
  Followed in Hendrickson's footsteps and really made a name for himself in Beloit, bullishly keeping his ERA down, and like Hendrickson, should succeed in High Desert with his repertoire
 11 Deardorff, Jeff   A   LF 41 R R
  Made perhaps the biggest step of anyone in the minor league system in 2002 and resurrected a listing career
 12 Belcher, Jason   A   RF 37 L R
  Has most likely played his last game as a regular catcher and needs to prove his bat is good enough for the corner outfield, which I think he will
3  13 Hall, Billy   MLB   3B 39 R R
  Played erratically in Indianapolis and proved nothing in Milwaukee; nevertheless, Billy still has the tools to be a good middle infielder in the bigs someday
1  14 Murray, Josh   A   3B 35 R R
  Did just enough with the bat to warrant his selection in the draft, and Josh will hit for more power and get better with the glove as he moves on and up
1  15 Martinez, Luis   MLB   SP 39 L L
  Still projected as a lefty reliever down the road, and kind of proved that notion with his strong bullpen stint and his on and off rotation success
1  16 Clark, D.J.   A   LF 40 L R
  Blocked by Hart and Deardorff at third base, D.J. will take his show into the outfield full time next season, though some second base time might not be out of the question
1  17 Pember, David   A   SP 41 S R
  Used extraordinarily sporadically in his time with the Brewers, you almost had to wonder why he was there
1  18 Stewart, Paul   A   MR 41 R R
  It's decision time for the Brewers, and they better add Stew to the 40-man roster after such an awe-inspiring turnaround season
1  19 Chavez, Ozzie   A   IF 36 S R
  Ozzie is kind of like the poor man's J.J. Hardy, and he'll follow in J.J.'s footsteps next season in High Desert
1  20 Carpenter, Calvin   A   SP 37 R R
  Except for a season-ending slump, Cal was dominant at times for the Raptors and should parlay that effort into a starting spot in the Beloit rotation
2  21 Gold, J.M.   A   SP 39 R R
  Assuming that Jon comes back from his latest surgery at full strength, it should be time to seriously consider moving him into a closer's role at High Desert
1  22 Johnson, Kade   A   C 41 R R
  Knock on wood, if Kade comes through the offseason and spring training healthy, he'll make his AA debut in 2003 and actually be able to work on his swing, knock on wood
1  23 Thomas, Eric M.   A   SP 38 R R
  Eric may turn out to be one of those all or nothing guys, but with a 6'9, 225 pound frame, it's well worth the gamble
2  24 Ballouli, Khalid   A   SP 39 R R
  Might fall under the label "Most Likely To Be Fast-tracked" because he has the skills to pitch effectively, if not dominantly, at higher levels right now
new  25 Liriano, Pedro   A   SP 39 R R
  The Angels officially got hosed when they have up Liriano and Raburn for Alex Ochoa; Pedro doesn't throw hard, but he has a good slider and changeup, and moves the ball around very well
2  27 Alfonzo, Elie   A   C 40 R R
  Elie plays catcher and has gap power, but his swing has so many holes and his defense needs enough work that he'll need a major overhaul if he wants to get to the bigs
 28 Guerrero, Cristian   MLB   RF 39 R R
  Another guy whose swing (and game in general) needs a lot of work and the Brewers would be smart to try to get everything they can out of this Guerrero
 29 Mieses, Jose   A   SP 42 R R
  If Jose ever gets back on track, he still has the stuff to be a good middle of the rotation starter and if healthy, he has a chance to be in Milwaukee by next season
2  30 Morris, Chris   A   CF 40 S R
  Yah, he's 23 and in Beloit, but he draws walks and steals bases, and should be a great mentor for Krynzel, if nothing else
4  31 Zoccolillo, Peter   AAA   RF 42 L R
  Pete made a seamless transition from High Desert to Huntsville, which is not an easy feat, and in the process moved from being organizational filler to a legit prospect
1  32 Childers, Matt   A   MR 40 R R
  The Brewers are still very high on this Childers, though now that he's a middle relief/closer prospect, the torch isn't quite as bright
1  33 Ramirez, Carlos   A   SP 35 L L
  This is one guy I'm going to be sure to pay close attention to during spring, as his numbers were eye-popping at times and always solid
7  34 Plasencia, Francisco   A   CF 35 L L
  The huge drop is not so much because of his lack of good play with Ogden so much as other guys passing him up; Francisco is still young enough to put it together, no doubt
5  35 Scarborough, Steve   A   SS 41 R R
  Made a huge leap in Huntsville offensively, but couldn't adjust to AAA and was sent back for Huntsville's playoff run, and with a glut of middle infielders behind him, Steve needs to adjust to AAA, and quick
5  36 Scott, Bill   A   1B 40 R R
  Billy had a more or less wasted season and is still having some issues adjusting to the wood bat, so he'll be back in AA for 2003
4  37 Moss, Steve   A   CF 35 R R
  The Brewers got a steal in the 29th round when they convinced Moss to sign and he's well on his way to becoming a legitimate CF prospect behind Krynzel
1  38 Raburn, Johnny   A   IF 40 S R
  The infield version of Chris Morris, Johnny walks incessantly and has plus speed, but like Morris, the bat needs work and he'll never hit for much power
3  39 Steitz, Jon   A   MR 39 R R
  It's hard to think of anyone who fell harder and faster than Jon did this year, but the tools are all still there, and that's why he's still on the Power 50
3  40 Villanueva, Froilan   A   C 41 R R
  The age jump and inability to draw walks really took it's toll on Froilan's status in the system, but he's still a catcher with a decent bat, and that will move him up the system
3  41 Ramirez, Manny   A   1B 37 R R
  Another catcher that can hit will team with Froilan in High Desert next season
6  42 Adams, Mike   MLB   CL 41 R R
  Mike has success wherever he gets promoted to, and with some minor adjustments, could be a sleeper to make the Brewers' squad next season
3  43 Artman, Dane   A   SP 37 L L
  Next season could well be the make or break season for Dane, as he needs to show he was worthy of being a 3rd round draft choice
 44 Crabbe, Callix   A   UT 36 S R
  Did just about everything well offensively with the Raptors, and is destined to be a better prospect than Ralph Santana, Ogden's 2001 second baseman
 45 Stavros, Tony   A   CL 39 R R
  It's surprising both that Tony had the success that he did with Beloit and that he was promoted at some point, so we'll see how he does in High Desert next season before jumping to prospect conclusions
4  46 Oakes, Gerry   A   SP 37 R R
  Absolutely crushed during the dog days of summer, Gerard needs to step back and try to rediscover this pitching thing
4  47 Richardson, Judd   A   SP 39 L R
  A healthy Judd Richardson should shoot up the charts pretty quickly if he comes out firing next season
2  48 Breslow, Craig   A   MR 39 L L
  Showed a knack for not allowing runs, a pitcher's most important attribute, and seems to have won a spot in the 2003 Beloit pen
2  49 Melo, Manuel   A   CF 38 R R
  Has some of the better tools in the system, but needs to work harder on developing them
1  50 Hall, Dan   A   SP 40 R R
  Stepped up big-time in the second half of the season and the Brewers now have to look at him in a starting role in a pretty under-manned 2003 High Desert rotation

Players removed this week: Bo Hall...