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last updated: 03/27/2003

   
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  Power 50
+/- Rank  Name  Level  Pos  Age 
 01 Nelson, Brad   A   1B 36 L R
  Brad is now the golden child of the new and improved Brewers minor league system. Will he be able to keep up the pace?
 02 Hendrickson, Ben   MLB   SP 38 R R
  With half a season of Huntsville under his belt, Ben is set for getting to Indianapolis before long, and Milwaukee soon after that.
 03 Jones, Mike   A   MR 36 R R
  Mike may well have the most raw talent of anyone in the system, and his rumored promotion all the way to Huntsville to begin 2003 is proof.
 04 Hardy, J.J.   MLB   SS 37 R R
  Some added muscle and plate selectivity might pay big dividends for J.J. this season.
 05 Hart, Corey   A   OF 37 R R
  The position switch to third base keeps right on rolling along as he'll start at third base for Huntsville.
1  06 Parra, Manny   A   MR 36 L L
  After reaching 94 MPH in the Arizona heat, Manny is going to have to do some adjusting as he pitches in cold weather for the first time in his life, in Beloit.
1  07 Fielder, Prince   A   1B 35 L R
  Some will say that Prince could play in Huntsville right now, and while that may be true, his defense needs a ton of work, and he'll get that work in Beloit.
2  08 Krynzel, Dave   MLB   CF 37 L L
  With big league camp behind him, Dave is all set to try and prove himself in the friendly venues of AA ball.
 09 Diggins, Ben   A   MR 40 R R
  It is clear after time with the big boys that Ben will have to work hard on his offspeed stuff if he wants to stay a starter once he gets back to the bigs.
2  10 Cruz, Enrique   A   SS 37 R R
  It was pretty clear the Brewers had no intention of letting Cruz go back to the Mets, so here's to hoping our second baseman of the future doesn't burn out in limited play.
1  11 Hall, Billy   MLB   3B 39 R R
  Hall prospect #1 impressed Brewers officials with his play during the spring, but still needs to impress most other people.
1  12 Belcher, Jason   A   RF 37 L R
  Sweet-swinging lefthander will take his show to the OF this year in an effort to shake off that pesky injury bug. Might be a player to watch in that High Desert air.
5  13 Ford, Matt   A   MR 38 S L
  Unlike Cruz, it was never a lock that Matt was going to make the Brewers' club, or even stay in the organization, but he's a very good left handed prospect, and I think they made a wise choice.
 14 Clark, D.J.   A   LF 40 L R
  Might have to prove himself in High Desert before he gets a chance to go to Huntsville.
2  15 Carpenter, Calvin   A   SP 37 R R
  Calvin should have a spot in the Beloit rotation and he is a sleeper to keep an eye on.
1  16 Martinez, Luis   MLB   SP 39 L L
  What will the Brewers get from Luis this season? He's basically the Cris Guerrero of the pitching side.
4  17 Johnson, Kade   A   C 41 R R
  That long-forgotten dream of Kade being a catcher has become true again as he's made it through the spring injury-free and is sporting his very own hockey-style catcher's mask.
1  18 Chavez, Ozzie   A   IF 36 S R
  Another sleeper to keep a watch on, I swear he has more power in him than he showed in Beloit, and might put up some surprising power numbers in High Desert.
5  19 Liriano, Pedro   A   SP 39 R R
  The Brewers really, really like him and it's not hard to see why given his smooth delivery. He does need to put on some muscle and keep working on his changeup.
7  20 Murray, Josh   A   3B 35 R R
  Looks like Josh will become a victim of the new organizational philosophy not rush players, and will stay in Arizona for extended spring training.
2  21 Ballouli, Khalid   A   SP 39 R R
  Khalid spent spring with AA/AAA teams, which may show how advanced of a pitcher he is. Could be a guy to watch to shore up the High Desert rotation come June or July.
 22 Gold, J.M.   A   SP 39 R R
  Bound for High Desert, assuming he breaks camp with a healthy prognosis. If he stays healthy all season, it might be an interesting battle to see who gets to 100 big league innings pitched, him or Nuke.
3  23 Thomas, Eric M.   A   SP 38 R R
  I've talked to a few people thoroughly unimpressed with Mega, and a few people really excited about him. Myself, I don't know what to expect.
8  24 Pember, David   A   SP 41 S R
  For a guy that didn't throw all that hard to begin with, a torn labrum isn't the end of the world, but with the likes of Ryan Poe and Jose Mieses having myriad other problems, possibly a result of prior arm injuries, it isn't a given he'll ever get back to where he was. But, we at Brewerfan wish you the best, David!
3  25 Zoccolillo, Peter   AAA   RF 42 L R
  Pete looked good in spring, hopefully good enough to land a AAA job. They may not look as promising as it did before Clark's likely ticket to High Desert was punched and Bill Scott was booted from the system.
3  26 Moss, Steve   A   CF 35 R R
  Left ankle injury has hobbled Moss for most of the spring, so a Beloit entry to start off the season is all but a moot point. With his delay, it may be best to start him out in Ogden.
1  27 Guerrero, Cristian   MLB   RF 39 R R
  If any player in the system could have the "Make Or Break Year" title attached to them, Cristian might be it. Simply, he needs to show something other than potential ability.
1  28 Morris, Chris   A   CF 40 S R
  With Krynzel in Huntsville, it's going to be Morris in High Desert. Therefore, Chris may be praying for a quick promotion to Indy for Dave.
1  29 Veras, Wilton   A   3B 41 R R
  Wilton looked very solid this spring and maybe, just maybe, might have that breakout season people in the Boston organization never saw.
1  30 Childers, Matt   A   MR 40 R R
  Yes, he does have a career 5 ERA in the minors. Yes, he can throw 90+ out of the pen consistantly. Why didn't the Brewers think about the whole relief thing awhile ago?
1  31 Ramirez, Carlos   A   SP 35 L L
  My fears were unjustified about his impending release due to my liking of him. Most likely Ogden-bound.
1  32 Adams, Mike   MLB   CL 41 R R
  Lanky right hander will probably be back in Huntsville, but with some success, could quickly move to Indy.
1  33 Lawrence, Joe   A   C 42 R R
  I apologize for saying "WHOA!" one too many times during spring training.
1  34 Plasencia, Francisco   A   CF 35 L L
  With Beloit likely out of the question to open the season, the Venezuelan youngster needs to hunker down and work on things that will make him successful, like bunting, working the count and defense.
1  35 Scarborough, Steve   A   SS 41 R R
  This will be a big year for Steve, a year to finally try and seperate himself from minor league fodder and into a guy the Brewers can depend on down the road.
3  36 Crabbe, Callix   A   UT 36 S R
  Has a good bit of power for someone his size, but he'll have to keep up his end on the plate discipline thing if he wants to keep his numbers up in the dank Beloit April air.
1  37 Raburn, Johnny   A   IF 40 S R
  May have to go back to the Cal League, which he doesn't deserve, but such is life for a scrappy second baseman.
2  38 Stavros, Tony   A   CL 39 R R
  Tony might be the next Mike Adams in the making, but there's that High Desert thing he has to worry about for the time being.
2  39 Wilhelmsen, Tom   A   MR 35 R R
  I saw the word "stringbean" recently associated with Tom and that's no stretch. If he can throw 93 with his current frame, if he adds any muscle/weight, wowee.
3  40 Villanueva, Froilan   A   C 41 R R
  Needs to recapture that offensive magic he had in Ogden and in the first few months at Beloit.
1  41 Steitz, Jon   A   MR 39 R R
  I didn't see Jon pitch this spring, so I will be closely monitoring Beloit box scores and reports for his name and pitching line. For now, we can only hope those control yips have ceased.
2  42 Ramirez, Manny   A   1B 37 R R
  One of the ickier surprises of spring training was Manny's defensive unabilities.
6  43 Hall, Dan   A   SP 40 R R
  Hall prospect #2 has the unenviable task of being in the High Desert rotation in 2003, and maybe without Mike Jones. He'll learn to love road games.
1  44 Paz, Rich   A   UT 42 R R
  Hey, when you walk as much as he does, how can you not cheer for him? Rich needs to make good contact along with those walks to make an impression.
5  45 Hall, Bo   MLB   MR 39 R R
  The "other" pitcher Hall has a nice breaking ball and moves the ball around the plate well, but his prospect status will constantly be in question due to his smallish size.
new  46 Gemoll, Brandon   A   1B 39 L L
  Slap-hitting first baseman needs to figure out how to drive the ball
1  47 Breslow, Craig   A   MR 39 L L
  Hard-working lefty could either start or close for Beloit this season.
new  48 Nance, Shane   A   MR 42 L L
  Diminuative reliever really made an impression in spring and reminds me a lot of Ray King
new  49 Coco, Pasqual   A   SP 42 R R
  Former Blue Jays top 10 prospect will get a second chance at life in Indianapolis
new  50 Esparragoza, Pedro   A   C 37 R R
  Light-hitting backstop is the best defensive catcher in the system outside of Milwaukee

Players removed this week: Dane Artman... Jose Mieses... Judd Richardson... Bill Scott...
 

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