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  Power 50
+/- Rank  Name  Level  Pos  Age 
 01 Hardy, J.J.   MLB   SS 37 R R
  Purely statistically, the case for J.J. over Prince doesn't make sense, but I still think J.J. has more of an upside of value to the Brewers
 02 Fielder, Prince   A   1B 35 L R
  I end the season as I began the season: sure, Prince can hit, but can he field adequately? There's still no better answer than there was in April
 03 Weeks, Rickie   A   2B 37 R R
  Very good move by the Brewers promoting Rickie to Milwaukee to get some AB at the end of the season
 04 Nelson, Brad   A   1B 37 L R
  Gazing past the upcoming AFL season, 2004 will be a huge campaign for Brad to relegitimize his spot near the top of prospect lists
 05 Parra, Manny   A   MR 37 L L
  Late season pectoral injury aside, there is little question that Manny is the cream of the Milwaukee pitching prospect crop
 06 Jones, Mike   A   MR 36 R R
  It is going to be a very nerve-wracking next 12 months for Mike's injured arm
 07 Martinez, Luis   MLB   SP 39 L L
  Looie just got plain ol' flambayed in his stint with Milwaukee; a return visit to AAA next season seems to be the right call
2  08 Hart, Corey   A   OF 37 R R
  There are some comparisons to be made to Wes Helms as similar points in their career, and really, if you can get major league average production out of your 8th best prospect, that's not the worst thing
1  09 Krynzel, Dave   MLB   CF 38 L L
  Some pretty big question marks have begun to float around about Dave's abilities, and not getting selected for Team USA by the guy who drafted him doesn't help the cause
1  10 Hendrickson, Ben   MLB   SP 38 R R
  Hendrickson's 2:1 K:BB ratio and 3.45 ERA was a good sign for what he still projects to be: a middle of the rotation stallwart
1  11 Palmisano, Lou   A   C 37 R R
  Please, oh please, put those Mike Piazza comparisons to bed right now
1  12 Ford, Matt   A   MR 38 S L
  One of the more interesting stories next spring will be about where Matt will end up to begin the season
1  13 Gwynn Jr, Tony   MLB   OF 37 L R
  Defense is as virtually major league ready as Hardy's, and also like Hardy, he'll move up as his bat progresses
1  14 Liriano, Pedro   A   SP 39 R R
  Not great, not bad season in AA, but he can say that he was the only starting pitcher there besides mid-season promotion Martinez to not make every start
7  15 Sarfate, Dennis   MLB   MR 38 R R
  If Dennis can make some hay in High Desert next season, he might end up among the top 10 prospects next year
 16 Wilhelmsen, Tom   A   MR 36 R R
  We've heard some whispers about how Tommy's mechanics may need a workover to avoid more injuries in the future
 17 Bruso, Greg   A   SP 39 R R
  Greg is a fairly refined pitcher who could be promoted to AAA next season, and if he gets a lot of ground balls, could become a favorite of Melvin's
 18 Diggins, Ben   A   MR 40 R R
  The old adage that says that you can never have too many starting pitchers is true, but I wouldn't mind at all if Ben was finally moved to a closer's role, where he could well flourish
 19 Petty, Chad   A   SP 37 L L
  Despite all his troubles, Chad really didn't walk a lot of guys, and making a guy allow fewer hits is generally easier than making a guy allow fewer walks
1  20 Moss, Steve   A   CF 35 R R
  Mark my words right now: Steve will be a guy sort of under the radar to watch next season
2  21 Ballouli, Khalid   A   SP 39 R R
  One home run and 14 walks allowed in 56 Midwest League innings is music to my ears
2  22 Cruz, Enrique   A   SS 38 R R
  Somehow even Rickie Weeks passed Enrique up on the Milwaukee depth chart in an absolutely confusing end to a befuddling season
1  23 Belcher, Jason   A   RF 37 L R
  He's about 15 spots lower on the Power 50 than he has been recently, but I haven't given up on Jason, and I think he can still be a key part to Milwaukee's future
4  24 Gemoll, Brandon   A   1B 39 L L
  Hey, not a half-bad season in AA, though he'll be pushed a bit again next season in AAA
1  25 Ramirez, Carlos   A   SP 35 L L
  Despite all my griping and complaining about not pushing Carlos a little bit more, he's still on the track of a high school draft pick
4  26 Eveland, Dana   MLB   SP 36 L L
  Pitched a whole bunch of innings in 2003 despite being used as a closer in Helena
 27 Zoccolillo, Peter   AAA   RF 42 L R
  37 major league AB weren't too fruitful but it was nice to see Milwaukee give a chance on a non-toolsy guy like Zooco
3  28 Clark, D.J.   A   LF 40 L R
  It was an unsettling difference in output between High Desert and Huntsville for D.J., and I don't believe I'm about to say this, but maybe he was a little too patient at the plate for his own good?
5  29 Childers, Matt   A   MR 41 R R
  Matt never did get that late season callup to Milwaukee that many people, including myself, assumed he had earned
5  30 Adams, Mike   MLB   CL 41 R R
  Proved to be very durable in AA, pitching 74 innings primarily as a closer, pitching on consecutive days and starting
2  31 Johnson, Kade   A   C 41 R R
  Time spent in Huntsville couldn't have done wonders for Kade's place in the organization, though he still was assigned to the AFL
 32 Varner, Noochie   MLB   RF 39 R R
  Noochie made some amazing defensive plays over the course of the season, partially making up for some ineffeciencies at the plate
2  33 Machado, Alejandro   A   2B 37 S R
  Assignment in 2004 will depend on where Weeks is placed, unless the Brewers try Alejandro out at SS
1  34 Chavez, Ozzie   A   IF 36 S R
  I have a weird feeling in the back of my head that the Brewers will push Ozzie to Huntsville next season, which is definitely not warranted with Hardy's presense in the system above him
1  35 Crabbe, Callix   A   UT 36 S R
  You get the feeling that Oakland would love to have Callix in their system: lotsa walks, not a lot of fielding
1  36 Vanden Berg, John   A   C 39 R R
  Should thrive in High Desert, though I get the feeling that the walk totals will take a hit due to swinging at outfield walls
1  37 Carpenter, Calvin   A   SP 37 R R
  Still trying to figure out where it all went wrong for Carp this season with the complete lack of command
1  38 Nance, Shane   A   MR 42 L L
  After being called up to Milwaukee for the 18th time this season, Shane did a much better job and made a good case to be part of the pen next season
3  39 Fermaint, Charlie   A   CF 34 R R
  Named the 10th best prospect in the AFL despite some deficiencies in CF defense and plate discipline
 40 Housman, Jeff   A   MR 38 L L
  You're guess is as good as mine on where Jeff will be and how well he'll do next year
 41 Ramirez, Manny   A   1B 37 R R
  Manny may finally be ready to begin earning promotions up the ladder instead of being placed wherever
1  42 Acosta, Gilberto   A   SS 37 S R
  Owned AZL pitchers (batted .349/.413/.450) and catchers (30/33 in SB), and I'd like to see him in Beloit next year
1  43 Rottino, Vinny   MLB   UT 39 R R
  Obviously has a good idea at the plate and should be a candidate to skip right to High Desert given his age
1  44 Kloosterman, Greg   A   SP 37 L L
  Mature college lefty should provide a good anchor to the Beloit rotation next year
1  45 Anderson, Drew   A   OF 38 L R
  If Drew keeps up his batting ways, he will get a good share of pimping courtesy of the 2004 Power 50
1  46 Bibbs, Kennard   A   RF 39 L L
  Wearing down wasn't a problem for KB like it was in Ogden last season, which bodes well
1  47 Wooley, Robbie   A   SP 35 R R
  It ws only 21 innings, but I'll take 21 good rookie ball innings from a recent high school graduate
1  48 Trofholz, Terry   A   CF 39 R R
  After being dissapointed by many a college outfielder who played well in advanced-rookie ball, I'll be cautious with this one
1  49 Hawk, Tommy   A   SP 34 R R
  Could be some comparisons made to Wilhelmsen, and Tommy might be bumped up to Beloit next season
new  50 Taubenheim, Ty   A   SP 37 R R
  Like Eveland, performed so well and so actively in relief that he should be given a shot at the Beloit rotation

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