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  Power 50
+/- Rank  Name  Level  Pos  Age 
 01 Hardy, J.J.   MLB   SS 37 R R
  Yes, it gets harder and harder to justify J.J. being #1, but I'm always game for a good debate
 02 Weeks, Rickie   A   2B 37 R R
  And why isn't Rickie #1 yet, you ask? Because I'm a goofball for fielding, that's why
 03 Fielder, Prince   A   1B 35 L R
  The odds of Prince being the #1 prospect at the end of the season are about as good as odds get
 04 Parra, Manny   A   MR 37 L L
  The hitters get all the acolades in the system, so it's up to Manny to lead the charge to give the pitching ranks some more respect
 05 Nelson, Brad   A   1B 36 L R
  Assuming he stays healthy this season, there is little doubt that Brad will regain the form that kept him so high on prospect lists through a turbulent '03
1  06 Hart, Corey   A   OF 37 R R
  The Brewers say they moved Corey to the outfield to give him a quicker path to Milwaukee, but they are really just trying to make us forget he was ever a third baseman in the first place
1  07 Jones, Mike   A   MR 36 R R
  A healthy Jones would be welcome news for the Brewers in their continuing effort to actually develop a high school pitcher
1  08 De La Rosa, Jorge   MLB   MR 38 L L
  Everyone is falling in love with Jorge's stuff, and if his offspeed pitches are developing, they should be falling in love
2  09 Hendrickson, Ben   MLB   SP 38 R R
  Strange that Ben's name hasn't been bandied around more as a dark horse to make the major league rotation
 10 Krynzel, Dave   MLB   CF 38 L L
  From this commentator's view, Dave's one objective this season should be to simply work on making contact, and forget about driving the ball, stealing bases, etc.
1  11 Palmisano, Lou   A   C 37 R R
  Indeed, it looks like the Brewers' catching woes have been solved, or will be solved in a few years
2  12 Sarfate, Dennis   MLB   MR 38 R R
  The second tier of pitching begins here, and it's amazing to me that a second tier of pitching can begin with a talent like Sarfate's
3  13 Liriano, Pedro   A   SP 39 R R
  About the only thing that bothers me about Liriano's 2003 stat line is his 12 HR's allowed, which is not good in the Southern League, but if Pedro keeps the ball down, the sky's the limit in AAA
1  14 Ford, Matt   A   MR 38 S L
  I'm probably higher on Matt than most people, but he's going to get a chance to shine this season in Huntsville, and I bet he'll make the most of it
3  15 Bruso, Greg   A   SP 39 R R
  I hate it when pitchers walk people, hence my love for Mr. Bruso
1  16 Wilhelmsen, Tom   A   MR 35 R R
  Longshot to make the Huntsville roster out of spring, but at least Tom will give High Desert fans something to cheer about
5  17 Moss, Steve   A   CF 35 R R
  Might be Milwaukee's best kept secret, but I really am trying my darndest to make Steve less secretive
2  18 Ballouli, Khalid   A   SP 39 R R
  Khalid continues to be more of a gut feeling on my part than anything else, but I trust my gut
4  19 Gwynn Jr, Tony   MLB   OF 37 L R
  Rumor goes that Tony Jr. will start off in Huntsville, but why not make him prove himself in High Desert first?
1  20 Diggins, Ben   A   MR 40 R R
  What this season will amount to is a crossroads wherein one way leads down the path back to Milwaukee and the other way leads down the path to the perpetual rehab assignment
5  21 Eveland, Dana   MLB   SP 36 L L
  The hype surrounding Dana is beginning to build, and he's going to be counted on to help lead the third wave of prospects
6  22 Capuano, Chris   A   SP 41 L L
  I'm holding firm on my end of the rotation ceiling prediction for Capuano, but he's being given a golden ticket to the Brewers' rotation, so I guess that has to count for something
1  23 Gemoll, Brandon   A   1B 39 L L
  I used to not be high on Gemoll, and now he's #23... how did that happen?
1  24 Cruz, Enrique   A   SS 38 R R
  Hey, remember when Enrique played for the Brewers? What? You don't?
 25 Belcher, Jason   A   RF 37 L R
  I will keep the Belcher bandwagon chugging along as long as humanly possible
new  26 Bennett, Jeff   A   MR 39 R R
  Intriguing arm that evolved from being a C prospect starter to a B prospect reliever, pumping his fastball up 6-7 MPH since being moved to the pen
 27 Ramirez, Carlos   A   SP 35 L L
  I will buy Snappers tickets this season specifically to watch this Cy Young-in-the-making
1  28 Adams, Mike   MLB   CL 41 R R
  Kind of have to feel sorry for Adams after the Brewers signed 47 other guys to compete for bullpen jobs in Milwaukee
8  29 Petty, Chad   A   SP 37 L L
  It's getting tough to even project Chad into a starting rotation for the upcoming season
 30 Childers, Matt   A   MR 40 R R
  After being removed from the 40-man, Matt is an instant dark horse candidate to see some Milwaukee bullpen action in the upcoming season
7  31 Vanden Berg, John   A   C 39 R R
  It will be a very interesting camp battle between John and Kade Johnson for the right to be the #1 catcher in Huntsville
5  32 Crabbe, Callix   A   UT 36 S R
  Callix will have his second base job back full time in High Desert this season, and second base is really the only position on the infield where he projects at
12  33 Kloosterman, Greg   A   SP 37 L L
  You want me to throw out the name of a guy who has the chance to move up real quick this season? Here ya go
1  34 Clark, D.J.   A   LF 40 L R
  D.J. needs to do something quickly to prove he's more than just organization fodder in a suddenly talent-rich system
 35 Machado, Alejandro   A   2B 37 S R
  A disappointment so far in his short tenure with the Brewers, Alejandro needs to establish an identity this season
5  36 Acosta, Gilberto   A   SS 37 S R
  Still wondering why Gilberto spent last season in Arizona
5  37 Johnson, Kade   A   C 41 R R
  Sinking, sinking, sinking, sinking...
2  38 Chavez, Ozzie   A   IF 36 S R
  Finally healthy, but Ozzie has lost a lot of ground in a system where you can't afford to lose a lot of ground
 39 Housman, Jeff   A   MR 38 L L
  I just don't get it, and even if Jeff wins 20 games someday, I probably still won't get it
 40 Ramirez, Manny   A   1B 37 R R
  He's a first base prospect, which means he won't be a first base prospect for long... outfield, anyone?
2  41 Fermaint, Charlie   A   CF 34 R R
  All the tools in the world, but in all likelyhood we'll have to wait another season before we see Charlie play a year of full-season ball
5  42 Saenz, Chris   A   SP 38 R R
  At this very moment in time, Chris is still projects as a reliever, but he can change this if he earns a spot in the Huntsville rotation
7  43 Bausher, Tim   A   SP 40 R R
  Funky arm motion and all, the Brewers are in love with the Bausher, and more power to them for it
2  44 Anderson, Drew   A   OF 38 L R
  Print up the t-shirts, the Drew Anderson fan club starts right here
1  45 Rottino, Vinny   MLB   UT 39 R R
  Rottino is the new Counsell
3  46 Wooley, Robbie   A   SP 34 R R
  Robbie and Tommy Hawk lead a group of young pitchers who could make up a solid base of pitching near the top of Power 50 in a few years
new  47 Hawk, Tommy   A   SP 34 R R
  Can't argue with a 2.31 ERA from an 18 year old, and it'll be intruiging to see if the Brewers Wilhelmsen Tommy to Beloit
new  48 Taubenheim, Ty   A   SP 37 R R
  Might be added to the Beloit rotation just to get a right-handed pitcher in there
new  49 Stetter, Mitch   A   MR 38 L L
  Big lefty could be one of the advanced Helena guys to go right to High Desert
new  50 Slack, Nick   A   CL 36 R R
  Intense competitor who may turn out to be one of the better values of the 2003 draft

Players removed this week: Kennard Bibbs... Calvin Carpenter... Luis Martinez... Noochie Varner... Peter Zoccolillo...
 

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