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last updated: 08/28/2003

The biggest thing on the Power 50 this week is the second move down for Brad Nelson in two weeks, this time from #3 to #4, giving up his spot to Rickie Weeks, on-base machine. Nelson continues to struggle in AA while Rickie, fresh off his new contract, is getting on base half the time in Beloit.... Looie Martinez also moves past Dave Krynzel, overtaking the #7 spot. Martinez has been very good in AAA while Krynzel has seen his average drop 50 points in less than 2 months. Martinez has likely earned a September callup, while Krynzel hasn't exactly earned a promotion to AAA.... I'm trying to go 3/3 on trade guesses from the Billy Hall spot on the Power 50, and this week the lucky man is John Vander Wal, although with the Jenkins injury, that seems less likely than it did earlier in the day.... The biggest gain again was from Wes Obermueller, moving up 6 spots to 26. After this afternoon's performance, Wes needs only 6 innings in his next start to hit the 50 IP plateau, which graduates you off the list.... Speaking of, Billy Hall only needs 25 more AB to reach 130 career AB, which also graduates you off the list.... Power 50 factoid of the week: Beloit has made big headway at the top of the Power 50, with their players now owning 3 of the 5 top spots.    
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  Power 50
+/- Rank  Name  Level  Pos  Age 
 01 Hardy, J.J.   MLB   SS 37 R R
  Despite the average and power tapering off, J.J. still has more walks than strikeouts
 02 Fielder, Prince   A   1B 35 L R
  Congrats to Prince on being named MVP of the Midwest League
1  03 Weeks, Rickie   A   2B 37 R R
  It is looking more and more like Rickie will indeed be ready for at least Huntsville next season, pending defensive progression
1  04 Nelson, Brad   A   1B 36 L R
  Boosted batting average up 30 points from a week ago, but there is still no reason to think he'll be in AAA next season
 05 Parra, Manny   A   MR 37 L L
  Manny is officially being shut down for the rest of the season for his injured left pectoral
 06 Jones, Mike   A   MR 36 R R
  The Brewers have to be thinking about starting out Mike in AA again next season, as the arm doesn't need any extra stress with a jump up to AAA right away
1  07 Martinez, Luis   MLB   SP 39 L L
  45 AAA innings and only 5 runs allowed almost guarantees Looie a September call-up
1  08 Krynzel, Dave   MLB   CF 38 L L
  Really, Dave was hitting over .300 at the All-Star break, I swear
 09 Hendrickson, Ben   MLB   SP 38 R R
  Some very unHendricksonesque numbers being posted since the return from the elbow problem
 10 Hart, Corey   A   OF 37 R R
  About the only Huntsville Star still hitting, Corey is the lone guy there still batting .300
1  11 Hall, Billy   MLB   3B 39 R R
  The Billy Hall Trade Premonition for the week: John Vander Wal
1  12 Ford, Matt   A   MR 38 S L
  I still think it's a little bit coincidental that Matt was "injured" a few innings shy of shedding rookie status
 13 Gwynn Jr, Tony   MLB   OF 37 L R
  Tony's dad has invited various Brewers farmhands to work out with him, and who could pass up that opportunity?
 14 Liriano, Pedro   A   SP 39 R R
  12 home runs allowed in 140 Southern League innings? Yikes
2  15 Palmisano, Lou   A   C 37 R R
  Lou should well be in line for some Pioneer League honors, even though his season was cut short
1  16 Diggins, Ben   A   MR 40 R R
  Another factor weighing in on Ben's potential move to the bullpen is that he won't able to get his arm up to strength until about this time next year
1  17 Wilhelmsen, Tom   A   MR 35 R R
  Tom has been shut down for the year after not making a whole lot of progress down in Arizona, and with the season winding down, there was no reason to push him
 18 Bruso, Greg   A   SP 39 R R
  Sign of the times in Huntsville: A guy who doesn't walk anyone walked 4 guys in 4 innings in his Huntsville debut
 19 Petty, Chad   A   SP 37 L L
  Mercifully, the season is almost over for Chad and the Mavs
 20 Cruz, Enrique   A   SS 38 R R
  19 out of 25 Brewers players don't even know who Enrique Cruz is
1  21 Moss, Steve   A   CF 35 R R
  Steve probably won't be bumped up the Huntsville, but he should put up some exciting numbers in High Desert in 2004
1  22 Clark, D.J.   A   LF 40 L R
  D.J. still isn't making the contact that you'd think he would by this time in the Southern League season
 23 Belcher, Jason   A   RF 37 L R
  Goal for 2004: Walking once in every ten at-bats
3  24 Sarfate, Dennis   MLB   MR 38 R R
  Dennis' WHIP is surprisingly low given all the walks he's given up
1  25 Ballouli, Khalid   A   SP 39 R R
  Khalid's competition for a starting spot should be equally tough next year, and hopefully he keeps his job there next time
6  26 Obermueller, Wes   A   MR 42 R R
  With a few strong starts, this could be Wes's last week on the Power 50
3  27 Machado, Alejandro   A   2B 37 S R
  Yet another struggling Huntsville Star, Alejandro has seen gains made at the plate negated by a recent slump
3  28 Johnson, Kade   A   C 41 R R
  Kade is going to the AFL in about a month, and a good campaign there is about his only chance at getting a promotion next season
1  29 Zoccolillo, Peter   AAA   RF 42 L R
  Probably not quite enough accomplished for a September call-up, but who knows?
1  30 Ramirez, Carlos   A   SP 35 L L
  Things haven't been going as well of late for Carlos, but all the numbers are still solid
1  31 Chavez, Ozzie   A   IF 36 S R
  Hopefully next year will go a little more smoothly for Ozzie, likely back in High Desert
2  32 Eveland, Dana   MLB   SP 36 L L
  Dana walked 3 batters the other night, more than a third of his walks for the season
3  33 Gemoll, Brandon   A   1B 39 L L
  I continue to be in disbelief that they've actually let Brandon attempt 16 stolen bases
3  34 Varner, Noochie   MLB   RF 39 R R
  Noochie hasn't stolen a base in quite some time
 35 Childers, Matt   A   MR 41 R R
  Still no earned runs allowed after 15 AAA innings
3  36 Carpenter, Calvin   A   SP 37 R R
  The strikeouts are almost more than the walks... almost
 37 Adams, Mike   MLB   CL 41 R R
  Has a higher ERA than his Adams counterpart Brian despite dominating almost each and every secondary statistic
1  38 Vanden Berg, John   A   C 39 R R
  The walk ratio won't finish where I'd like it, but Vandy has still had a good season at the plate
1  39 Crabbe, Callix   A   UT 36 S R
  Third base might be another option for Callix
2  40 Nance, Shane   A   MR 42 L L
  Would be nice to see Shane get called up in September and just dominate for a month
3  41 Housman, Jeff   A   MR 38 L L
  Jeff has given up a whole bunch of hits his past few times out, and it's tough to be successful with runners on base all over
2  42 Ramirez, Manny   A   1B 37 R R
  The Brewers must have totally given up on Manny at catcher after scrambling to find other catchers for Helena with Manny on the roster
2  43 Fermaint, Charlie   A   CF 34 R R
  Bat hasn't been as hot since coming back from shoulder injury
3  44 Acosta, Gilberto   A   SS 37 S R
  Named Arizona League player of the week last week after hitting like .950
1  45 Rottino, Vinny   MLB   UT 39 R R
  Offense has dropped a bit after taking over catching duties
2  46 Kloosterman, Greg   A   SP 37 L L
  Greg may have pitched well enough this season to bypass Beloit next season
2  47 Anderson, Drew   A   OF 38 L R
  Old and accomplished enough that with the glut of OF prospects, could be moved to HD or Huntsville next season
2  48 Bibbs, Kennard   A   RF 39 L L
  OBP on the rise past the .360 range, finally
new  49 Wooley, Robbie   A   SP 35 R R
  2003 6th round draft pick has been dealing effectively so far in Arizona
new  50 Trofholz, Terry   A   CF 39 R R
  22nd round pick has been tearing it up in the Pioneer League, though the plate discipline leaves a little something to be desired

Players removed this week: J.M. Gold... David Pember...

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