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last updated: 07/24/2003

There's only one change in the top 10 in this week's Power 50, which will hopefully make fewer people angry. When Prince moved past Kryznel and Jones last week, I recieved a bevy of emails questioning the move. No such drastics moves this week, unless you get mad about Mega Thomas dropping four spots... Luis Martinez jumped past Matt Ford as Matt went on the DL with a "sore arm" which will probably end up keeping him out most of the rest of the year, in Milwaukee anyway. He'll likely go on a lengthy rehab assignment after becoming healthy, probably in AA Huntsville, to shore up that rotation even more, and give him a jump start on next year's AA season. Martinez, on the other hand, got a surprise promotion to AAA, and he is very deserving of it. Say what you will about keeping a team together, but the Stars could afford to lose him, and he needs to prove he can do it in AAA, as his options remaining necessitate getting to Milwaukee sooner than later. A September callup isn't out of the question... The biggest mover this week was Jeff Housman, who pitched a 6 inning, 1 hit gem in his AA debut. His stock is soaring astronomically, as he tries to break into the next tier of Brewers pitching prospects. He doesn't throw hard, but as accurate as he's been, he doesn't have to be... Power 50 factoid of the week: The number of Power 50ers on the Brewers roster doubled this week, with the promotion of Bill Hall and the inclusion of Shane Nance.    
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  Power 50
+/- Rank  Name  Level  Pos  Age 
 01 Hardy, J.J.   MLB   SS 37 R R
  Batting average has dipped under .300 for the first time in what seems like 10 years
 02 Nelson, Brad   A   1B 37 L R
  I'm not sure exactly what Brad did to earn a promotion to Huntsville, but what the heck, good for him
 03 Fielder, Prince   A   1B 35 L R
  Yes, Prince does have a better successful stolen base percentage than Krynzel, I kid you not
 04 Jones, Mike   A   MR 36 R R
  Mike should be back in the next week after some good throwing sessions
 05 Krynzel, Dave   MLB   CF 38 L L
  The strikeout rate going down a bit might be a good goal for Dave to have for the rest of the season
 06 Parra, Manny   A   MR 37 L L
  Manny allowed three walks for the second time this season last time out... he also noted that he could remember throwing two walks "a couple times"
 07 Hendrickson, Ben   MLB   SP 38 R R
  ERA will become a tad bit worse once a suspended game is made up, in which Ben had already given up 7 runs
 08 Hart, Corey   A   OF 37 R R
  25 doubles are good enough for best in the Brewers' systme, but it is still hoped some of those will start becoming home runs as the year continues
1  09 Martinez, Luis   MLB   SP 39 L L
  Luis' promotion to Indianapolis kind of shot a hole in the "keeping the team together thing" but he earned the promotion awhile ago
1  10 Ford, Matt   A   MR 38 S L
  Matt is going on the "DL" for "awhile" to "rehab" until he's "healthy" which should be sometime in "September"
 11 Diggins, Ben   A   MR 40 R R
  Rumors are still about that Ben might be able to return for the AA playoffs
1  12 Gwynn Jr, Tony   MLB   OF 37 L R
  Thinking way too far ahead: Who do you place #1 in the lineup, Tony Jr. or Krynzel?
1  13 Petty, Chad   A   SP 37 L L
  Chad keeps getting teency weency bits better every start, enough that you have to start feeling good about him for next season
 14 Wilhelmsen, Tom   A   MR 36 R R
  Tom is somewhere in Arizona rehabbing, with no current timetable for return
3  15 Hall, Billy   MLB   3B 39 R R
  Imagine, a prospect actually earning a promotion to Milwaukee... it's a new day and age for the Brewers
1  16 Cruz, Enrique   A   SS 38 R R
  From the nothing against Billy Hall catagory: Hey, you know, if you wanted to bench Clayton, you did have someone in Milwaukee
2  17 Liriano, Pedro   A   SP 39 R R
  Pedro pitched well, and won, all in the same game, for a change
2  18 Clark, D.J.   A   LF 40 L R
  Holy kick in the face, Batman... DJ did nothing to deserve a demotion back to High Desert
2  19 Moss, Steve   A   CF 35 R R
  I get the sneaking suspicion that Steve is headed back to Beloit next season, with college guy Trofholz doing well in Helena
1  20 Palmisano, Lou   A   C 37 R R
  Captain Lou has hit a cold streak, dipping his batting average all the way to the high .380's
1  21 Belcher, Jason   A   RF 37 L R
  Broken wrist, out for the year; Jason almost made it through a whole season, so here's to hoping for a healthy next season
 22 Johnson, Kade   A   C 41 R R
  Kade is hitting the ball hard now more often than not, but that batting average is still struggling to hit the .200 mark
 23 Zoccolillo, Peter   AAA   RF 42 L R
  Zocco is still having trouble getting on a streak with the bat... the average has been sitting at about .280 for awhile now
 24 Chavez, Ozzie   A   IF 36 S R
  For this season not to be a waste of a year, Ozzie really needs to step up, preferably soon
 25 Machado, Alejandro   A   2B 37 S R
  Alejandro is still scuffling as the adjustment period to the Southern League continues
 26 Carpenter, Calvin   A   SP 37 R R
  Carp's atrocious walk rate continues, but hey, if it works
1  27 Ballouli, Khalid   A   SP 39 R R
  Khalid has come out firing since returning from the DL, but there's no spot in the rotation for him
1  28 Varner, Noochie   MLB   RF 39 R R
  OBP in under .300, which is not what the Brewers wanted to see from Noochie
 29 Adams, Mike   MLB   CL 41 R R
  Mike seems to have been removed from the rotation in which he lasted all of two starts
2  30 Sarfate, Dennis   MLB   MR 38 R R
  Hey, Martinez got promoted to Indianapolis, so maybe there is a chance those Sarfate-to-High Desert rumors actually could be true
1  31 Childers, Matt   A   MR 41 R R
  After an icky beginning to the month, Matt is back and dealing, though the strikeout rate continues to fall
1  32 Gold, J.M.   A   SP 39 R R
  Viva Gold in 2004!
1  33 Pember, David   A   SP 41 S R
  As the Milwaukee rotation gets even thinner, the more thoughts turn to Pember
2  34 Ramirez, Carlos   A   SP 35 L L
  A .187 BA against in the Pioneer League is just filthy good, and an 18 year old with a .87 WHIP is even more filthy good
2  35 Murray, Josh   A   3B 35 R R
  Josh is probably done for the year, as there wouldn't seem to be much point towards testing him in Arizona at the moment
1  36 Crabbe, Callix   A   UT 36 S R
  OPS has eclipsed the 700 mark, which had seemed impossible about a month or two ago
1  37 Eveland, Dana   MLB   SP 36 L L
  Dana is getting a little too much of the plate, but it's not like a .262 BA against is something to get concerned about
1  38 Morris, Chris   A   CF 40 S R
  81 strikeouts are unacceptable for Chris, even with a decent walk rate... he simply needs to make better contact
3  39 Housman, Jeff   A   MR 38 L L
  Can't ask for much more than 6 shutout innings in a AA debut
 40 Barnes, Justin   A   MR 37 R R
  Still a work in progress at the plate and in the field, Justin has some strides to make before he'll be ready for Beloit
2  41 Obermueller, Wes   A   MR 43 R R
  With the thin Milwaukee rotation, chances are Wes will get the call at some point this season
1  42 Fermaint, Charlie   A   CF 34 R R
  An injured shoulder might sideline Charlie for the rest of the season as the Brewers are likely to be cautious with it
4  43 Thomas, Eric M.   A   SP 38 R R
  About the only good news to come from this season is that Mega doesn't have to worry about any other Eric Thomases for the time being
1  44 Gemoll, Brandon   A   1B 39 L L
  Brandon is back on the upswing after having some success driving the ball more
1  45 Vanden Berg, John   A   C 39 R R
  You start walking, the rest of your offensive game picks up... who knew?
2  46 Raburn, Johnny   A   IF 40 S R
  Power 50 time may be ending for Johnny, but hey, at least he'll see AA next season
 47 Mannon, Adam   A   RF 36 R R
  Already showing the power and offensive skills that the Brewers saw when they signed him as a DFE
 48 Ramirez, Manny   A   1B 37 R R
  Manny isn't playing most every day for some reason or another... I guess he needs to hit more home runs?
1  49 Bibbs, Kennard   A   RF 39 L L
  It's actually moderately surprising that KB (does his middle name begin with a G?) has 6 extra base hits now... he out-tinies tiny
new  50 Nance, Shane   A   MR 42 L L
  Shane has been bounced between AAA and Milwaukee because, for some reason or another, he just can't quite figure out big league hitters yet

Players removed this week: Gilberto Acosta...

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