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last updated: 05/08/2004

   
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  Power 50
+/- Rank  Name  Level  Pos  Age 
2  01 Fielder, Prince   A   1B 35 L R
  The man-child can be denied of the number one slot on the Power 50 no longer and Huntsville may not contain him for much longer, either
1  02 Hardy, J.J.   MLB   SS 37 R R
  J.J. has done his best to fend off Prince for the past few weeks, and frankly his offensive ceiling appears to be going way up this season, but no man in minor league baseball is better than Prince at the moment
1  03 Weeks, Rickie   A   2B 37 R R
  The lone member of Milwaukee's big three who is lagging a little bit, Rickie is getting hit by too many pitches to get into a groove in the box... duck, Rickie, duck!
 04 Hart, Corey   A   OF 37 R R
  Ben Grieve's good play in Milwaukee should keep Corey in Indy for awhile, which is a good thing, but Corey is looking like the real deal with the Indians
 05 Nelson, Brad   A   1B 36 L R
  Brad is the number one prospect on about a dozen teams in baseball right now, and he's finding his groove after a sort of ugly start to the season
 06 Parra, Manny   A   MR 36 L L
  It's great to see Manny's name back in the box score, and he's going to get his chance to solidify his spot as the team's best pitching prospect as long as Mike Jones remains out
1  07 Hendrickson, Ben   MLB   SP 38 R R
  One bad outing in six starts makes Ben's ERA "balloon" to 2.48 - he's around 50 more of these AAA innings away from his Brewers debut
1  08 Jones, Mike   A   MR 36 R R
  He gets shut down once, fine. He gets shut down twice, it worries you a little. He gets shut down for a third time...
 09 Krynzel, Dave   MLB   CF 37 L L
  Broken foot will ground Super Dave for a few months during which time he should watch Scott Podsednick every day to see how he plays the game
 10 De La Rosa, Jorge   MLB   MR 38 L L
  Not quite the start to his Brewers career that we were looking for, but DLR will be fine, and we'll probably still see him in Milwaukee by the end of the year
 11 Palmisano, Lou   A   C 37 R R
  Is it wrong to note here that Cap'n Lou only has six extra base hits, and that his great OBP of .425 is more than 30 points higher than his slugging? It's not worrisome yet given the Midwest League's April climate, but if nothing is happening in about a month...
 12 Ford, Matt   A   MR 38 S L
  Matt's omission from Baseball America's top 30 Brewers prospect still bugs me as obtusely strange, and he's proving them wrong and me right so far
2  13 Eveland, Dana   MLB   SP 36 L L
  About the only bad thing you can say about Dana's performance so far is that he's allowed maybe one (literally, one) too many home runs
1  14 Sarfate, Dennis   MLB   MR 38 R R
  Dennis' secondary stats aren't really that bad, but he's still walking too many guys, something I pointed out on multiple occasions last season... this is something that needs to be fixed, whether it is mechanical or psychological
1  15 Liriano, Pedro   A   SP 39 R R
  Pretty much every time he pitches I say to myslef, "Eh, could have been better, could have been worse," but the home runs allowed are a problem that needs to be addressed
 16 Capuano, Chris   A   SP 41 L L
  Un-bold prediction: This will be Cap's last time on the Power 50... good luck, young man
1  17 Moss, Steve   A   CF 35 R R
  Back in the lineup again, and hey, he's not even hurt yet
1  18 Bennett, Jeff   A   MR 39 R R
  He's given up a few game-winning hits now, but it's tough to rail against the guy when the Brewers keep putting him in that position, a position he has no business being in at this stage of his career
1  19 Ballouli, Khalid   A   SP 39 R R
  Khalid has some arm soreness that cut his last outing a little short, so here's our latest Brewerfan Power 50 Prayer Circle prayer request
4  20 Adams, Mike   MLB   CL 41 R R
  The Brewers are apparently back to trying Mike as a starter, though with his successes in the bullpen, you have to wonder if they are playing with fire here
4  21 Gwynn Jr, Tony   MLB   OF 37 L R
  I said it was a bad idea to promote Gwynn to AA right away this season, and Junior is having a pretty horrific time at the plate with the Stars. Seems he might have been promoted a little early. Weird.
1  22 Bruso, Greg   A   SP 39 R R
  Greg's return to the Stars in June should be very timely because I get the feeling that the Brewers are going to be promoting a few of the current AA starters to AAA right around that time
1  23 Diggins, Ben   A   MR 40 R R
  Hey, it's only going to be a little more than a month before the return of Big Ben if everything goes according to plan
3  24 Saenz, Chris   A   SP 38 R R
  Not that a high strikeout rate is a bad thing, but Chris is averaging less than 5 innings a start, which could be a result of going to high pitch counts to the batters he's striking out
4  25 Vanden Berg, John   A   C 39 R R
  Vandy is hitting everything that's not nailed down in the Desert and has the highest batting average in the organization
5  26 Johnson, Kade   A   C 41 R R
  Kade is still the third-best catching prospect in the system, but he's sure making it a strong third with a good opening month and Brewers' (although not Brewerfan) Player of the Month honors
4  27 Cruz, Enrique   A   SS 37 R R
  The kid is more talented than his .170 batting average says he is, but things are not looking rosey, and a demotion to High Desert shouldn't be out of the question
3  28 Gemoll, Brandon   A   1B 39 L L
  About the only thing Brandon can be hoping for is that Prince gets promoted pretty soon so that Brandon can prove he shouldn't be back in AA
1  29 Belcher, Jason   A   RF 37 L R
  A very un-Belcheresque K:BB ratio in his first month in AA, though having Jason, one of the team's better outfield prospects, play every day might help
6  30 Housman, Jeff   A   MR 38 L L
  Ya know, I'm just going to go with it, and as long as Housman keeps gettin' 'em out and shuttin' 'em down, I'll give him Power 50 props
5  31 Kloosterman, Greg   A   SP 37 L L
  Here lies the "Egads!" award for this edition of the Power 50... things ain't going well for Kloosterman
5  32 Woolard, Glenn   A   SP 38 R R
  When's the last time a reliever lead a team in innings pitched after the first month of the season? Regardless, a very strong month of April for Glenn
3  33 Crabbe, Callix   A   UT 36 S R
  Um, well, he was getting hits at one point
4  34 Bausher, Tim   A   SP 40 R R
  Bausher's WHIP is no good, but the Funky Chicken continues to get results on the mound
3  35 Acosta, Gilberto   A   SS 37 S R
  Acosta is a prime candidate to get the big boot off of the Power 50 he doesn't shape up soon
3  36 Ramirez, Carlos   A   SP 35 L L
  Rotation spots might be harder to come by in Beloit than previously thought due to some struggles by the pitchers there, so we may have to wait until June again for Carlos
2  37 Fermaint, Charlie   A   CF 34 R R
  Fermaint has the exact same right to be in AA as Gwynn does
3  38 Rottino, Vinny   MLB   UT 39 R R
  Vinny is still the best hitter on the Snappers' club, even if he's not the best hitting propsect
5  39 Hawk, Tommy   A   SP 34 R R
  Does Tommy need a nickname, or does his real name already do the job?
5  40 Wooley, Robbie   A   SP 34 R R
  The Brewers haven't had great success with 6th round picks, but hopefully Wooley and Khalid Ballouli will help to turn the bad luck around
1  41 Slack, Nick   A   CL 36 R R
  A few bad outings aside, Slack has made a pretty good jump from rookie ball to advanced-A ball
1  42 Stewart, Paul   A   MR 41 R R
  Stewart has been reinvented as a relief specialist, and he's excelling in that role thus far for the Stars
3  43 Taubenheim, Ty   A   SP 36 R R
  Ty continues to deal and deal and deal and I still think he should be starting
3  44 Opdyke, Bryan   A   C 35 L R
  Between Palmisano playing so well and Marks playing not quite so well, Opdyke might get to Beloit sooner than later
5  45 Hinton, Travis   AA   1B 38 L L
  Leads the organization in doubles and is among the leaders in OBP, but there is that High Desert effect to think about
2  46 Boyd, Dan   A   RF 41 R R
  Boyd compares to Jason Belcher in that he doesn't have the power you'd like to see out of a corner outfielder, but he hits well, so you have to play him somewhere
8  47 Anderson, Drew   A   OF 38 L R
  This bandwagon is about to break its axels... c'mon, Drew!
1  48 Martin, Forrest   A   SP 39 R R
  Brewerfan's new favorite dark horse is still doing pretty well as the rock of the High Desert rotation
new  49 Rodriguez, Guilder   A   IF 36 S R
  This slight Venezuelan has 10 extra base hits in more than 650 career at-bats, but he gets on base, and plays some pretty good D, too
new  50 Morris, Chris   A   CF 40 S R
  Chris hasn't pouted after being sent back to High Desert, and leads the organization in walks and stolen bases

Players removed this week: Matt Childers... Manny Ramirez...
 

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