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last updated: 07/10/2003

If the Brewers had acquired Alejandro Machado and Wes Obermueller (who debut at #'s 25 and 41 respectively) at this time a few years ago, they likely would have both been in the top 20. These two guys are a good reminder about how far the Brewers' system had advanced from the years of Sheets-and-not-a-whole-lot-else, and even moreso fromt the years before Ben. Machado and Obermueller are both good players with major league upside, but nowadays, that might not give you a guaranteed ticket to Milwaukee. There is a pretty good battle being waged for the #4 spot. Since Krynzel overtook Fielder a few weeks ago, Prince has really stepped up his game. Dave has done nothing to warrent a demotion to #5, though, so Prince has his work cut out for him to get the spot back. Another wild card at the top of the Power 50 is Brad Nelson, who still hasn't got back the powerful stroke he exhibited last year in Beloit. The bone he broke in his wrist is notorious for robbing hitters of their power, even after their return. He should get back into the swing of things shortly, but his spot on the Power 50 gets more tenuous as more and more games go by without a home run. This week's Power 50 factoid: There are currently 6 Power 50-ers on the disabled list, all of whom may miss the rest of the season.    
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  Power 50
+/- Rank  Name  Level  Pos  Age 
 01 Hardy, J.J.   MLB   SS 37 R R
  There can be no one not surprised that JJ's OPS is still around 900 in the second week of July
 02 Nelson, Brad   A   1B 37 L R
  Where oh where has Brad's power gone? Where oh where can it be?
 03 Jones, Mike   A   MR 36 R R
  That really great string of games might not come this season, but you have to hand it to Mike for keeping his ERA down where it is, it's a good skill to learn
 04 Krynzel, Dave   MLB   CF 38 L L
  If Dave could make his next 6 stolen base attempts successful, he'd be at the break-even mark for stolen base attempts
 05 Fielder, Prince   A   1B 35 L R
  It's a wonder what a better lineup can do for a power hitter
 06 Parra, Manny   A   MR 37 L L
  Manny is walking 1.2 men per 9 innings, and the batting average allowed has come down to .252 - I think this kid is pretty good
 07 Hendrickson, Ben   MLB   SP 38 R R
  Ben is back in the groove and his elbow has been pronounced free and clear of any further problem areas, good news indeed
 08 Hart, Corey   A   OF 37 R R
  OPS is fizzling; Corey is one of the prospects in AA whose name has not come up in promotion discussions
 09 Ford, Matt   A   MR 38 S L
  WHIP has taken a jump the wrong way since entering the rotation
 10 Martinez, Luis   MLB   SP 39 L L
  Southern League hitters batting an anemic .228 against Luis as the second half of the season gets into full gear
1  11 Diggins, Ben   A   MR 40 R R
  Diggins is on an elbow stengthening program down in Arizona, still throwing off of flat ground
1  12 Petty, Chad   A   SP 37 L L
  Chad had his finest outing of his Brewers career last time out, allowing 3 runs over 8 innings; He lost the game anyway
 13 Wilhelmsen, Tom   A   MR 36 R R
  The only thing that could have stopped Tommy this season was an injury, and so it did, but it's nothing serious
1  14 Gwynn Jr, Tony   MLB   OF 37 L R
  I really hate to say "I told you so" to all those Tony Jr. doubters, but, I told you so
1  15 Cruz, Enrique   A   SS 38 R R
  Enrique is still not on pace to get 100 AB, or even 10 hits
 16 Clark, D.J.   A   LF 40 L R
  Strikeout rate is slowly coming down, but the southern air is still keeping the power muted
 17 Moss, Steve   A   CF 35 R R
  Shoulder surgery has ended Steve's season, though he will be back for instructional league, and there's always the chance he could help with Beloit's playoff run
 18 Liriano, Pedro   A   SP 39 R R
  One of the unluckiest pitchers in the system, Pedro is looking to avoid loss #10 while maintaining an ERA under 3.00
 19 Johnson, Kade   A   C 41 R R
  Looks more and more like Kade will be starting 2004 in Huntsville
2  20 Hall, Billy   MLB   3B 39 R R
  While Billy isn't the prototypical high-OBP, lots o' speed leadoff guy, he's been killing the ball ever since being moved there, and the Brewers are being doubly smart by trying him out in CF, too
1  21 Belcher, Jason   A   RF 37 L R
  There's been talk about how Jason would probably be better with an AL team and the DH, but I guarantee you that there are worse fielding corner OF in the majors right now
1  22 Zoccolillo, Peter   AAA   RF 42 L R
  Zocco's strikeout pace continues to fall dramatically, but the offensive production hasn't increased to where it was last season
3  23 Palmisano, Lou   A   C 37 R R
  Holy heck! A genuine bona fide catching prospect in the making?
1  24 Chavez, Ozzie   A   IF 36 S R
  Numbers just keep creeping up, and hopefully they'll get to where they should be by the end of the season
new  25 Machado, Alejandro   A   2B 37 S R
  OBP and above-average speed makes the prospect-laden lineup in Huntsville even better, and even younger
2  26 Carpenter, Calvin   A   SP 37 R R
  So far, still not too great for Carp, but he'll get there
 27 Varner, Noochie   MLB   RF 39 R R
  Will Noochie finish with more walks or stolen bases?
3  28 Ballouli, Khalid   A   SP 39 R R
  Khalid is just plain 'ol catching too much of the plate... he has to trust his stuff on the corners
 29 Adams, Mike   MLB   CL 41 R R
  What the Power 50 asks, the Brewers respond with: Remember when I thought it might be a good idea to put Mike into the rotation? Yah, he's there now
2  30 Gold, J.M.   A   SP 39 R R
  You know, J.M. has pitched more innings this year than Mr. Neugebauer
1  31 Murray, Josh   A   3B 35 R R
  Still no AB for Josh down in Arizona, so things must not be going too well on the rehab front
1  32 Childers, Matt   A   MR 41 R R
  Matt has been getting hammered for a bit now, so you have to wonder if there's an injury there, or if his mechanics are out of whack
1  33 Pember, David   A   SP 41 S R
  There are no Pembers in the St. Paul phone book - what's up with that?
 34 Sarfate, Dennis   MLB   MR 38 R R
  Meteoric rise is fizzling a bit with a string of so-so outings, which also probably knocked back his promotion chances
2  35 Morris, Chris   A   CF 40 S R
  Moved down in the High Desert batting order to #5 more often than not, and is responding by hitting about the same as he was
 36 Crabbe, Callix   A   UT 36 S R
  Batting average is now up almost 70 points in less than 2 months
2  37 Thomas, Eric M.   A   SP 38 R R
  Mega is pretty close to being shut down for the year
 38 Ramirez, Carlos   A   SP 35 L L
  Carlos is one of the few rookie league pitchers in recent memory to win each of his first 4 starts
2  39 Eveland, Dana   MLB   SP 36 L L
  In a surprising development, Dana didn't stike out everyone in his last outing
1  40 Barnes, Justin   A   MR 37 R R
  You'd like it if Justin wasn't striking out more than once every three at-bats, but better to get that out of his system now as opposed to later
new  41 Obermueller, Wes   A   MR 43 R R
  Wes is a bit old and lacks a bit of success in the upper minors, but he was a project coming out of college, so we'll hope he makes some strides the rest of the year with Indy
 42 Fermaint, Charlie   A   CF 34 R R
  No walks in 47 AB, but who needs those silly things when you're batting .426?
 43 Housman, Jeff   A   MR 38 L L
  The magical run that was Jeff's first half seems to be grinding to a slow halt, but you still can't argue with a 1.63 ERA
4  44 Raburn, Johnny   A   IF 40 S R
  A very good sign of the Mavs' roster imbalance is the fact that Raburn has played 31 games in the outfield and, well, he's an infielder
 45 Gemoll, Brandon   A   1B 39 L L
  Can't help but wonder how well Brandon would be hitting in the Cal League right now, where he probably should have been placed
5  46 Villanueva, Froilan   A   C 41 R R
  OBP is hitting the dissapointing range
1  47 Mannon, Adam   A   RF 36 R R
  Not quite the power we hoped for coming out of the gate, but Adam is a pretty raw project for being a community college guy
2  48 Vanden Berg, John   A   C 39 R R
  Groundskeeper Jr. has been drawing some walks lately and it would be awesome to see him finish with an OPS in the 800 range
5  49 Santana, Ralph   A   2B 38 S R
  Putting Ralph in the outfield is even worse than throwing Raburn out there every other day, and you have to believe it is affecting his hitting
3  50 Parker, Matt   A   SP 41 R R
  Barring injury, Matt has probably made his last AA start of the year

Players removed this week: Bryan Opdyke... Agustin Septimo...
 

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