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last updated: 04/03/2003

   
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  Power 50
+/- Rank  Name  Level  Pos  Age 
 01 Nelson, Brad   A   1B 37 L R
  It's more or less his team in High Desert, but he'll have some protection in the lineup with the likes of Cal League vets Clark and Raburn
1  02 Jones, Mike   A   MR 36 R R
  That whole High Desert thing is overrated, I guess. We'll see how his breaking stuff is working out very quickly
1  03 Hendrickson, Ben   MLB   SP 38 R R
  It's not his fault Jones was elevated to Huntsville and also not his fault he was never really considered for AAA, but such is life on the Power 50
 04 Hardy, J.J.   MLB   SS 37 R R
  Expressed desire to work on plate selectivity this season and if he can walk once every 8-9 AB, might be hard to keep JJ out of Milwaukee
 05 Hart, Corey   A   OF 37 R R
  Added muscle to his frame, which still has a lot of room to grow. I haven't said this in awhile, but his offensive potential is scary
 06 Parra, Manny   A   MR 37 L L
  It's anyone's guess how fast he's actually throwing on any day, but his fastball is topping out around 95 and will be Beloit's Opening Day starter
 07 Fielder, Prince   A   1B 35 L R
  If he's hitting .350/.500/.700 in the middle of May, do you promote him? Where would he and Nelson play on the same team?
 08 Krynzel, Dave   MLB   CF 38 L L
  It was fun watching Dave play with the big-leaguers. Hopefully he learned some things along the way this spring
 09 Diggins, Ben   A   MR 40 R R
  Back where he should have finished last season, in Huntsville
 10 Cruz, Enrique   A   SS 38 R R
  One pinch-hit appearance in 3 games, no field action. The obvious logic behind that is they need to get Jason Conti PA.
2  11 Ford, Matt   A   MR 38 S L
  Lower ERA than Ben Sheets. I'll take that.
 12 Belcher, Jason   A   RF 37 L R
  Haven't seen him play much outfield, so I'll be looking forward to how he looks out there
2  13 Hall, Billy   MLB   3B 39 R R
  It's only a matter of time before he's officially a second baseman
1  14 Carpenter, Calvin   A   SP 37 R R
  One the younger Raptors and smack dab in the middle of the rotation
1  15 Martinez, Luis   MLB   SP 39 L L
  Back in the Huntsville rotation and will try to find some consistency
1  16 Johnson, Kade   A   C 41 R R
  Will share catching duties with Brian Foster in High Desert, which should ease him back into catching
1  17 Chavez, Ozzie   A   IF 36 S R
  Bold prediction for 2003: Ozzie will hit 10 home runs
4  18 Clark, D.J.   A   LF 40 L R
  Really, really has to prove something with the Mavericks and the Brewers really, really need more OF prospects
 19 Liriano, Pedro   A   SP 39 R R
  The Brewers love him and his slider is looking better. Could be a fast mover up the Power 50
 20 Murray, Josh   A   3B 35 R R
  Defied conventional wisdom and will be Beloit's shortstop instead of hanging back in extended spring training
1  21 Gold, J.M.   A   SP 39 R R
  Hey, he's healthy at the beginning of the season. Fingers everywhere are crossed
4  22 Moss, Steve   A   CF 35 R R
  Zipping up the chart like gangbusters and is no longer the well-kept secret that we all liked him to be
2  23 Ballouli, Khalid   A   SP 39 R R
  It might be a race between Khalid and Parra to see who gets to go to Huntsville, er, High Desert, first
1  24 Thomas, Eric M.   A   SP 38 R R
  Not in Beloit, which adds further mystery to Mega-man
 25 Zoccolillo, Peter   AAA   RF 42 L R
  Pete is in AAA! I don't have to quit!
2  26 Morris, Chris   A   CF 40 S R
  Deserves to be in AA, but also needs to play every day and wouldn't with Krynzel around
 27 Guerrero, Cristian   MLB   RF 39 R R
  Bold prediction for 2003: Cris keeps his average around the .280 mark for most of the season
1  28 Veras, Wilton   A   3B 41 R R
  When Helms is hitting .200 in June, Wilton better be playing well. He will get his chance eventually this year
1  29 Childers, Matt   A   MR 41 R R
  Looks like a closer, throws like a closer, might well be a closer
2  30 Adams, Mike   MLB   CL 41 R R
  Can Mike advance another two levels this season? Odds are, no, but for an undrafted guy to have gotten this far this quickly is amazing
8  31 Wilhelmsen, Tom   A   MR 36 R R
  Surprise boost to Beloit to begin the season is almost more shocking than Jones to Huntsville
1  32 Ramirez, Carlos   A   SP 35 L L
  Didn't get the call to Beloit, but that's OK. I'll hold out hope for Helena
 33 Lawrence, Joe   A   C 42 R R
  Got the first Indians extra-base hit of the season, a home run. Oddly enough, he still trails Eddie Perez in that catagory by one.
1  34 Scarborough, Steve   A   SS 41 R R
  Earned that Indy job after all and if he can hit like he did in Huntsville, look out Royce Clayton
1  35 Crabbe, Callix   A   UT 36 S R
  I want to see Callix batting second a lot this year, I think that is going to be his spot, hopefully for a good long time
2  36 Plasencia, Francisco   A   CF 35 L L
  Gazelle in the field, deer in the headlights at the plate
1  37 Stavros, Tony   A   CL 39 R R
  Should be the closer for High Desert, although how many games will come to save opportunies is debateable
1  38 Raburn, Johnny   A   IF 40 S R
  Might have gotten the biggest screw job of anyone this spring. Cal League again? C'mon
2  39 Steitz, Jon   A   MR 39 R R
  With Breslow out nursing a cold, we need one of our New Englanders to step up
3  40 Hall, Dan   A   SP 40 R R
  The Mavericks need a staff ace. Anyone who can keep a sub-5 ERA, really. Go get 'em, Dan!
1  41 Villanueva, Froilan   A   C 41 R R
  Where for art thou Froilan?
4  42 Gemoll, Brandon   A   1B 39 L L
  When you are semi-responsible for taking up a roster spot formerly occupied by someone who could rake, we need to see some produciton
5  43 Nance, Shane   A   MR 42 L L
  Current odds favorite to win the first lefty job in Indy.
1  44 Hall, Bo   MLB   MR 39 R R
  Bold prediction for 2003: Bo will become known as the next Roy Oswalt, if only because he grows that funky little beard
1  45 Paz, Rich   A   UT 42 R R
  Partially to blame for Raburn getting booted back to High Desert, but we love you, Rich
4  46 Ramirez, Manny   A   1B 37 R R
  Not getting assigned anywhere might be a sign of the rush-job the Taylor regime was doing with prospects last year
2  47 Coco, Pasqual   A   SP 42 R R
  Grabbed a spot in the Indy rotation, only later to have it stolen. It was then returned
2  48 Esparragoza, Pedro   A   C 37 R R
  Might have to fight for some playing time alongside Vanden Berg and Eure
new  49 Carter, Nic   A   MR 39 S R
  Has a little bit of everything, but as the old saying goes about the jack of all trades.
new  50 Vanden Berg, John   A   C 39 R R
  Notice how all the catchers except Mr. Johnson are towards the bottom? Give 'em heck, John!

Players removed this week: Craig Breslow... David Pember...
 

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