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  Power 50 Notes
last updated: 08/07/2003

There is new blood among the top talent this week in the Power 50 for the first time in awhile. Mr. Rickie Weeks, 2nd overall pick in June's draft, debuts at #4, making the top 4 prospects in the Brewers system all hitters... Weeks pushed Mike Jones down a spot and then Manny Parra moved Jones down one more spot after Mike had some more injury problems, which meant going to Milwaukee for an MRI... There are a whole bunch of down arrows as well this week, but it is not like most of those guys did anything to merit, because when you have a new #4, stuff like that happens... John Vanden Berg and Wes Obermueller both ostensibly moved up 3 spots, best in the Power 50 this week... Justin Barnes was the big dropper of the week, falling 5 spots to #47 after some protracted hitting problems. Chad Petty, JM Gold, Callix Crabbe, and Chris Morris all dropped 4 spots... Power 50 factoid of the week: Beyond the top 3, only 6 P50ers stayed in the same spot from last week.    
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  Power 50
+/- Rank  Name  Level  Pos  Age 
 01 Hardy, J.J.   MLB   SS 37 R R
  The hitting slump carries on into week #3 and the #1 prospect wolves are circling
 02 Nelson, Brad   A   1B 36 L R
  A fast start would have been nice, but learning a new position while being promoted takes a bit out of you
 03 Fielder, Prince   A   1B 35 L R
  Started hitting better instantly when Gwynn arrived, so when Weeks gets there, Prince might become even more ridiculous
new  04 Weeks, Rickie   A   2B 37 R R
  Rickie, there's no pressure on you, none at all
1  05 Parra, Manny   A   MR 37 L L
  Manny seems to be wearing down a little bit, though the ERA keeps dropping and the wins keep piling up
2  06 Jones, Mike   A   MR 36 R R
  Sore elbow has Mike off to Milwaukee to get an MRI... even if it doesn't reveal anything, it would be best to shut him down for the season
2  07 Krynzel, Dave   MLB   CF 38 L L
  Another Stars bat that is in a slump and those strikeouts are closing in on 100
 08 Martinez, Luis   MLB   SP 39 L L
  Good in AA, better in AAA, so might he win the Cy Young in Milwaukee this year?
2  09 Hendrickson, Ben   MLB   SP 38 R R
  Still probably the prospect pitcher you have to least worry about not having some success in Milwaukee
1  10 Hart, Corey   A   OF 37 R R
  With a guy this big, strikeouts will likely be a problem for awhile, but someone might want to give him some tape of Sexson
1  11 Ford, Matt   A   MR 38 S L
  Rehab assignment still not around thr corner
1  12 Diggins, Ben   A   MR 40 R R
  Shut down for the year, and most of next, with Tommy John surgery
1  13 Gwynn Jr, Tony   MLB   OF 37 L R
  Tony may have finally hit the wall mentally at the plate
 14 Hall, Billy   MLB   3B 39 R R
  At least he doesn't have to pay for his seat on the bench, or does he?
1  15 Liriano, Pedro   A   SP 39 R R
  The most worrisome stat this year in Pedro's line is his 10 home runs given up in a league known for a low number of jacks
1  16 Wilhelmsen, Tom   A   MR 35 R R
  Thankfully, this elbow does not need an MRI, and Tom is starting to throw again
4  17 Petty, Chad   A   SP 37 L L
  You know, Tommy Marx was a Detroit prospect too about 2 years ago
1  18 Palmisano, Lou   A   C 37 R R
  Captain Lou is even taking some more walks now... how couldn't you love the guy?
2  19 Cruz, Enrique   A   SS 38 R R
  Looking to next season, you almost have to bump Enrqiue down to AA because he hasn't really played since he was in A-ball last season
2  20 Clark, D.J.   A   LF 40 L R
  Will DJ bite the bullet and play even harder for a AA spot next season or pout a little? You couldn't blame him if he chose the second option
1  21 Moss, Steve   A   CF 35 R R
  It's almost a shame there are so many CF in the system now, because Steve is magical out there, but his cannon of an arm plays in RF, too
1  22 Belcher, Jason   A   RF 37 L R
  With the Mavs playing there best ball since April (relatively speaking), it's sad that Jason couldn't still be out there
1  23 Johnson, Kade   A   C 41 R R
  The mighty Kremblas expanded his BA lead over Kade to 28 points, so Kade needs to go on a tear to pass him up
1  24 Zoccolillo, Peter   AAA   RF 42 L R
  If Zocco finishes with about 35 doubles and 15 home runs, why not give him a shot in Milwaukee next season?
 25 Machado, Alejandro   A   2B 37 S R
  Alejandro has finally gotten into the swing of things in the Southern League
 26 Ballouli, Khalid   A   SP 39 R R
  Another interesting placement next season will be that of Khalid's, and I say he should be in Huntsville
3  27 Chavez, Ozzie   A   IF 36 S R
  OPS finally eclipsed 600, that's good
1  28 Carpenter, Calvin   A   SP 37 R R
  Carp had an outing where he only walked one guy last week, hopefully a sign of better offspeed pitches to come
1  29 Sarfate, Dennis   MLB   MR 38 R R
  I am very curious to see how well Dennis does in High Desert next season with the walks and HR's he's given up in Beloit this year
2  30 Varner, Noochie   MLB   RF 39 R R
  Offense not so good, but Noochie probably shouldn't have been in AA this season anyway
1  31 Ramirez, Carlos   A   SP 35 L L
  WHIP is over 1.00 - c'mon, C-Ram! Get that thing back down!
3  32 Adams, Mike   MLB   CL 41 R R
  I'm now pretty sure they are grooming Mike to be in a closer-by-committee situation for some reason
2  33 Childers, Matt   A   MR 41 R R
  The ERA battle between Matt and his brother commences once again
1  34 Housman, Jeff   A   MR 38 L L
  Still just plain old ugly stats, except the ERA... Jeff could throw with his right hand at this point and get people out
1  35 Pember, David   A   SP 41 S R
  At least Dave will have someone to empathize with after Mr. Diggins goes under the knife
2  36 Obermueller, Wes   A   MR 42 R R
  Wes may yet graduate off the Power 50 this season with some more strong starts
4  37 Gold, J.M.   A   SP 39 R R
  The Brewefan public is still hating J.M. but I still love you, man
1  38 Eveland, Dana   MLB   SP 36 L L
  It is kind of selfish, but I'd like to see Dana get a few starts here towards the end of the season
1  39 Gemoll, Brandon   A   1B 39 L L
  Brandon has been swinging the bat very well of late and a move to
4  40 Crabbe, Callix   A   UT 36 S R
  With the arrival of Weeks, Callix might have to play SS, a position he hasn't had much experience at
2  41 Murray, Josh   A   3B 35 R R
  Now shooting for beginning play again in instructional league
2  42 Vanden Berg, John   A   C 39 R R
  800 OPS is still within reach, but that bat is going to have to stay hot
 43 Fermaint, Charlie   A   CF 34 R R
  Officially on the DL with a shoulder injury, Charlie isn't going to play again this season
1  44 Mannon, Adam   A   RF 36 R R
  Strikeouts beginning to mount again, but at least he's still walking a little, too
4  45 Morris, Chris   A   CF 40 S R
  OBP going in the generally right direction, but still a long ways from where it should be
 46 Ramirez, Manny   A   1B 37 R R
  Hitting so well, you wonder why he isn't walking more
5  47 Barnes, Justin   A   MR 37 R R
  OPS is falling closer and closer to 700 and a repeat of Helena seems more and more likely
1  48 Nance, Shane   A   MR 42 L L
  I'd leave Shane in AAA for the rest of the season and just try him out again with Milwaukee next spring
1  49 Bibbs, Kennard   A   RF 39 L L
  Getting on base still just enough, but KB needs to get on more to utilize his small-guy talents
new  50 Kloosterman, Greg   A   SP 37 L L
  The recent draftee has been very solid in the Pioneer League, which usually means good success in the Midwest League

Players removed this week: John Foster... Eric M. Thomas...

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