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last updated: 08/21/2003

I'll try to make up for a lack of comments last week.... First things first, if I hear Prince Fielder called a "man-child" one more time, I'm going to go insane. He's a man, fair and square. Prince moves up to the coveted #2 spot formerly occupied by former #1 prospect Brad Nelson, who continues to scuffle around in AA. That whole team is scuffling right now, not something you want to see from a team of prospects. It casts an interesting little shadow on what might happen to these guys next season in Indianapolis.... For the record, that is two weeks in a row that a player I have mentioned in Billy Hall's player comment has been traded. First it was EY, and then not 18 hours after this week's Power 50 came out with Mike DeJean's name listed there, he was gone, too. Who will it be next week?.... Recently acquired Greg Brusso of EY trade fame makes his debut at #18. Brusso has the standard fastball-slider-changeup arsenal, with his slider being the best pitch of an average bunch. His thing is control, being around the plate while still going after batters.... LHP Greg Kloosterman re-enters the list at #48, and fellow 2003 draftee Drew Anderson, a corner OF/1B type, follows him onto the list at #49. Anderson has shown great plate discipline, but not the power you'd like from a corner OF/1B type.... Wes Obermueller continues to fly up the charts as I admittedly undervalued him coming here from K.C., but he might make it all a moot point sooner than later anyway, as he needs just 12 major league innings to graduate off of the list.... With Brusso coming in at #18, there were once again a whole lot of down arrows in the second half of the Power 50, and taking the worst of it were Pete Zoccolillo, Mike Adams, and Cal Carpenter, all falling 4 spots.... Vinnie Rottino and Gilberto Acosta both made the most headway, climbing 3 spots and creeping off the bottom of the list.... Power 50 factoid of the week: The invasion of the rookie leaguers has commenced, with players below class-A Beloit comprising 6 of the final 10 Power 50 spots.    
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  Power 50
+/- Rank  Name  Level  Pos  Age 
 01 Hardy, J.J.   MLB   SS 37 R R
  Maybe this late season slump will calm any talk there was about moving him right to Milwaukee next season
1  02 Fielder, Prince   A   1B 35 L R
  #2 on the Power 50 is just about as far as Prince's defense as is will take him
1  03 Nelson, Brad   A   1B 36 L R
  Slouched to under .200 in AA; kind of have to wonder how much good this is doing having Nelly there
 04 Weeks, Rickie   A   2B 37 R R
  Maybe Rickie really did learn how to draw walks at Southern instead of just taking them against some bad pitching
 05 Parra, Manny   A   MR 37 L L
  On the DL with a shoulder/pectoral strain that tightened up after the Miller Park game, but again, nothing serious
 06 Jones, Mike   A   MR 36 R R
  No word after the second opinion came out on the MRI, so I guess they're going with that
 07 Krynzel, Dave   MLB   CF 38 L L
  Still struggling big time at the plate, with an average down almost 30 points from where it was
 08 Martinez, Luis   MLB   SP 39 L L
  Allowed AAA ERA to jump to 0.86, that jerk... all hope is gone
 09 Hendrickson, Ben   MLB   SP 38 R R
  Another one of many pitchers who just need a winter of rest and relaxation
 10 Hart, Corey   A   OF 37 R R
  Batting average still over .300, but that 100th strikeout is looming closer than that 30th walk
 11 Ford, Matt   A   MR 38 S L
  Matt could head up a pretty impressive AAA rotation next year
1  12 Hall, Billy   MLB   3B 39 R R
  Last week in this space, I asked someone to take EY off our hands and it worked; this week I'm going to ask someone to take DeJean off our hands (we'll see how this goes)
1  13 Gwynn Jr, Tony   MLB   OF 37 L R
  If Tony Jr. plays in High Desert next year, Tony Sr. might be more inclined to come up to the park... that would be cool
1  14 Liriano, Pedro   A   SP 39 R R
  Pedro has 9 more starts than the next guy highest guy in the current Huntsville rotation
1  15 Diggins, Ben   A   MR 40 R R
  With more starting prospects being added all the time, Ben's move to the bullpen moves closer and closer
 16 Wilhelmsen, Tom   A   MR 35 R R
  Starting rehab with the Arizona rookie team
 17 Palmisano, Lou   A   C 37 R R
  Lou's reward from the Brewers for breaking his ankle? A visit to Miller Park
new  18 Bruso, Greg   A   SP 39 R R
  One of the stable of Giants pitching prospects is now a Brewer pitching prospect, or in other words, soon headed to the doctor
1  19 Petty, Chad   A   SP 37 L L
  Every once in awhile, Chad will uncork a gem of a game which continues to give you hope
1  20 Cruz, Enrique   A   SS 38 R R
  Enrqiue has fallen so far on the Milwaukee depth chart that he's somewhere halfway to Huntsville
1  21 Clark, D.J.   A   LF 40 L R
  Thought for next year: there is no real 3B in High Desert or one that will be ready for AA below that, so why not move DJ back there? He may be brutal there, but as Corey Hart has proven, work there pays off
1  22 Moss, Steve   A   CF 35 R R
  Might be wise to move Steve to LF for a time next season as his shoulder wouldn't have to endure as many long throws
1  23 Belcher, Jason   A   RF 37 L R
  Jason just recently got passed by a number of Mavs for the lead in hits
1  24 Machado, Alejandro   A   2B 37 S R
  A 360 OBP by the end of the regular season would be nice
2  25 Johnson, Kade   A   C 41 R R
  The mighty Kremblas had a rough week, allowing Kade to move within 4 BA points
 26 Ballouli, Khalid   A   SP 39 R R
  Back in the rotation, but you wish it wasn't even partially at Parra's expense
 27 Sarfate, Dennis   MLB   MR 38 R R
  With Parra officially on the shelf, Dennis is the only Snappers starter to pitch through the whole season
4  28 Zoccolillo, Peter   AAA   RF 42 L R
  It has gone south instead of the hoped-for north in the waning week of the season, but there is plenty to build on for next year
1  29 Ramirez, Carlos   A   SP 35 L L
  Only 1 home run allowed in 64 Pioneer League innings is impressive
2  30 Chavez, Ozzie   A   IF 36 S R
  Mini hot streak over with before enough good strides were made
 31 Varner, Noochie   MLB   RF 39 R R
  Walks have now almost doubled stolen bases... who knew?
2  32 Obermueller, Wes   A   MR 42 R R
  Made a very good impression subbing for an injured Ben Sheets on short notice
4  33 Carpenter, Calvin   A   SP 37 R R
  Stats look like Gerry Oakes #2, but people keep saying he's just missing a lot of the time, which couldn't be said for Oakes
1  34 Eveland, Dana   MLB   SP 36 L L
  15.2 K/9 will come down after when he starts starting games next year, but it is nice to know Dana can juice it in a closer's role
3  35 Childers, Matt   A   MR 41 R R
  Matt has been wicked good since the promotion to Indy - even 2 of his 3 walks were intentional passes
 36 Gemoll, Brandon   A   1B 39 L L
  Broke the 10:1 AB:BB plateau, and needs to keep raising that ratio in the right direction
4  37 Adams, Mike   MLB   CL 41 R R
  Tied for the system lead in a heated save race (with 14)
1  38 Housman, Jeff   A   MR 38 L L
  If this were last season, Housman would already be in Milwaukee
1  39 Vanden Berg, John   A   C 39 R R
  790 OPS now, and still climbing
1  40 Crabbe, Callix   A   UT 36 S R
  Played some shortstop this week, which is going to have to learn how to do much more often now
3  41 Pember, David   A   SP 41 S R
  Dave has no way of fighting the onslaught of new talent as the fall down continues
 42 Nance, Shane   A   MR 42 L L
  Made a spot start this week which reminds us he still can do that, too
2  43 Gold, J.M.   A   SP 39 R R
  Another reason he's still here: look how few walks he's allowed! Yay!
1  44 Ramirez, Manny   A   1B 37 R R
  Looks like he won't get a shot in Beloit this season, but he should be the starting 1B there next season
1  45 Fermaint, Charlie   A   CF 34 R R
  Shoulder got better in time for Chuck to finish the last few weeks of the season on the field
3  46 Rottino, Vinny   MLB   UT 39 R R
  Very low rate of strikeouts is a good indicator of future success
3  47 Acosta, Gilberto   A   SS 37 S R
  Little Dominican still needs to draw some more walks
new  48 Kloosterman, Greg   A   SP 37 L L
  Helena workhorse still waiting for his first pro loss, and now has been officially jinxed by the Power 50
new  49 Anderson, Drew   A   OF 38 L R
  Sweet swinging lefty could be another Gemoll-type prospect at 1B and in the corner OF
3  50 Bibbs, Kennard   A   RF 39 L L
  Bibbs has a leg up on Chris Morris in High Desert simply because of age, but if you look at Morris a few years ago, you see the same things Bibbs is doing now

Players removed this week: Adam Mannon... Josh Murray... Nick Slack...
 

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