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last updated: 11/15/2002

   
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  Power 50
+/- Rank  Name  Level  Pos  Age 
 01 Nelson, Brad   A   1B 36 L R
  If you're thinking about High Desert season tickets, just get some lawn seats in the outfield
 02 Hendrickson, Ben   MLB   SP 38 R R
  With Stewart gone, Ben might be able to wriggle into a spot in the AAA rotation
 03 Jones, Mike   A   MR 36 R R
  Mike will sure get a taste of what it's like to be a staff ace next season with Yeatman gone and not much else in the rotation to speak of
 04 Hardy, J.J.   MLB   SS 37 R R
  Continued to show the ability to make solid contact in the AFL, though still needs to learn to take a walk
 05 Hart, Corey   A   OF 37 R R
  Got off to a torrid start in the AFL but continues to struggle making consistent contact and is prone to the K
 06 Krynzel, Dave   MLB   CF 38 L L
  Just got tired by the middle of the AFL season and had to drop out
 07 Parra, Manny   A   MR 37 L L
  Might provide some support in the High Desert rotation with a strong start in Beloit
 08 Fielder, Prince   A   1B 35 L R
  Greg Riddoch talked about his ability to play in the OF someday, but I'd have to see it to believe it
 09 Diggins, Ben   A   MR 40 R R
  Ben got a taste of Milwaukee in 2002 and will fight to get back there in 2003 to stay
3  10 Hall, Billy   MLB   3B 39 R R
  Billy is back in the top 10 thanks to the departure of Yeatman, Deardorff and Stewart
1  11 Belcher, Jason   A   RF 37 L R
  Sooner or later Jason will prove me right with my continued high ranking of him
2  12 Murray, Josh   A   3B 35 R R
  Just about as raw as Bill Hall was when he was drafted out of high school three and a half years ago
3  13 Clark, D.J.   A   LF 40 L R
  The big key DJ's success in Huntsville will be keeping his BA up, which he has struggled to do and which is hard to do in the Southern League
1  14 Martinez, Luis   MLB   SP 39 L L
  Might be moved to the bullpen fulltime this season as some of the lower minor league guys work their way up into the rotation
2  15 Pember, David   A   SP 41 S R
  Got absolutely squashed in the AFL, which we'll chalk up to a tired arm
3  16 Chavez, Ozzie   A   IF 36 S R
  Ozzie has wiry gap power and it will be interesting to see how many triples he gets in High Desert
3  17 Carpenter, Calvin   A   SP 37 R R
  Early prediction for 2003: Carp will be Beloit's best pitcher in a rotation including Parra, Ballouli, Mega Thomas and Bo Hall
5  18 Thomas, Eric M.   A   SP 38 R R
  Baseball America is in love with Mega Thomas and it's hard not to be looking at his frame, but we're still waiting on the results
2  19 Gold, J.M.   A   SP 39 R R
  Here's to looking forward to Milwaukee's 2004 1-2 punch of Gold and Diggins... out of the bullpen
2  20 Johnson, Kade   A   C 41 R R
  Will Kade make his long awaited AA debut in 2003? Let's hope so
3  21 Ballouli, Khalid   A   SP 39 R R
  Like Parra, has the stuff to be in High Desert sooner than later and Khalid could probably hack it in AA, too
3  22 Liriano, Pedro   A   SP 39 R R
  Scouts say that Liriano may not have the stuff to be successful up the chain, so Pedro has some things to prove next season
6  23 Mieses, Jose   A   SP 42 R R
  Bold early prediction for 2003: Jose will be in Milwaukee by September
4  24 Guerrero, Cristian   MLB   RF 39 R R
  It's too bad Milwaukee couldn't have gotten Minnesota to take on Guerrero and got somebody a step up from Kinney or Valentin
5  25 Morris, Chris   A   CF 40 S R
  Chris is old enough that he should be around AA next season, though with Krynzel taking precedent, Morris might end up in High Desert
5  26 Zoccolillo, Peter   AAA   RF 42 L R
  If Pete isn't in AAA next season, I quit
5  27 Childers, Matt   A   MR 41 R R
  Like Diggins, Matt needs AAA seasoning before trying his luck in Milwaukee again, though it was neither of their faults for being promoted to the Brewers so quickly
new  28 Veras, Wilton   A   3B 41 R R
  Still only 24, the ex-BoSox prospect will try his luck with the Crew
4  29 Ramirez, Carlos   A   SP 35 L L
  I'm just waiting for Carlos to be released, seems to happen to all my favorite players
7  30 Moss, Steve   A   CF 35 R R
  With Taylor's regime, there would be little doubt that Moss would have started in Beloit, but with Melvin and Nichols, it's up in the air
3  31 Plasencia, Francisco   A   CF 35 L L
  Francisco has that Arizona thing down and that Ogden thing so not down
3  32 Scarborough, Steve   A   SS 41 R R
  Moment in the sun in 2002 is quickly being lost in the shuffle as Steve fights for a roster spot in both AA and AAA next spring
9  33 Adams, Mike   MLB   CL 41 R R
  Fantastic showing in the AFL means Mike keeps proving skeptics, including myself, wrong
2  34 Scott, Bill   A   1B 40 R R
  If Bill isn't looking at who is coming up behind him at first, he should be, and he should get that bat going in 2003
3  35 Raburn, Johnny   A   IF 40 S R
  David Eckstein gives everyone like Johnny Raburn hope for reaching the majors someday and producing
3  36 Steitz, Jon   A   MR 39 R R
  Let's just forget 2002, it'll be easier that way
3  37 Villanueva, Froilan   A   C 41 R R
  We got his name figured out, his age figured out, now he just needs to figure out High Desert
3  38 Ramirez, Manny   A   1B 37 R R
  Diminutive Dominican needs to hit the weight room and add some more pop to his bat, which would dramatically increase his value
5  39 Crabbe, Callix   A   UT 36 S R
  Won't have the success he had in Ogden with the bat, but once he weathers Beloit, High Desert should be fun for Callix
5  40 Stavros, Tony   A   CL 39 R R
  Should be looking to follow the career path of Adams, and a defined role (preferably closer) in High Desert should help
new  41 Wilhelmsen, Tom   A   MR 36 R R
  Lanky fireballer really improved his offspeed stuff this summer and that should propel him into Beloit sometime in 2003
1  42 Artman, Dane   A   SP 37 L L
  Last chance in Beloit next season? Maybe
4  43 Richardson, Judd   A   SP 39 L R
  I became enamored with Judd last spring and if he pitches healthy and to his ability, he's as good as Ballouli
4  44 Breslow, Craig   A   MR 39 L L
  If I'm the Brewers, I have to think about starting Breslow in the rotation and see if he can build endurance at the start of games
5  45 Hall, Dan   A   SP 40 R R
  Old for league in 2002, and will be in 2003, so getting to Huntsville soon would behoove Dan
new  46 Hall, Bo   MLB   MR 39 R R
  Short, crafty pitcher who will throw the kitchen sink at you with all his strength is a good sleeper prospect going into next season
2  47 Melo, Manuel   A   CF 38 R R
  It's impossible to overlook his speed, even if it is his only plus tool
new  48 Foster, Brian   A   C 38 R R
  Alfonzo became a free agent, Belcher and Johnson are no longer catchers and Villanueva is a pseudo-catcher, so I thought it necessary to add one real backstop
new  49 Gemoll, Brandon   A   1B 39 L L
  Might turn into one of those AAAA first basemen who would hit about .280/.340/.375 in the majors
new  50 Hunt, Stephen   A   RF 38 L R
  Over-swings at the ball a bit much and he should use his speed more, but Stephen has the makings of a decent CF

Players removed this week: Elie Alfonzo... Jeff Deardorff... Gerry Oakes... Paul Stewart... Matt Yeatman...
 

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