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last updated: 08/14/2004

   
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  Power 50
+/- Rank  Name  Level  Pos  Age 
 01 Fielder, Prince   A   1B 35 L R
  Prince is finally out-slugging Nelson, and appears to be finishing the season strongly
1  02 Weeks, Rickie   A   2B 37 R R
  It is Rickie's improved defense at second base as much as anything that has vaulted him past the injured Hardy into the #2 slot
1  03 Hardy, J.J.   MLB   SS 37 R R
  The recent announcement of Arizona Fall League attendees did not include J.J's name, which wasn't a big surprise
 04 Hart, Corey   A   OF 37 R R
  Corey has been battling some shoulder problems for some now that have kept him off the field enough to start worrying about long-term problems
 05 Hendrickson, Ben   MLB   SP 38 R R
  Allegedly going through some dead-arm stuff; I wish all Brewers pitchers who had dead arms had a 2.19 ERA
 06 Nelson, Brad   A   1B 37 L R
  Solid, but not finishing the season with anything eye-popping
 07 Parra, Manny   A   MR 37 L L
  A few weeks later, Manny is still out with that "minor shoulder discomfort"
 08 Palmisano, Lou   A   C 37 R R
  Has hit two fewer home runs this season than last, in nearly twice the number of at-bats
 09 Krynzel, Dave   MLB   CF 38 L L
  It's growing more apparant that Dave may never be a prototypical leadoff hitter, but the Brewers should be willing to take some hacking as long as he can keep being productive at the plate
1  10 De La Rosa, Jorge   MLB   MR 38 L L
  Very strong past month in AAA for Jorge earned him a (likely temporary) promotion to the bigs and his first ML start
1  11 Eveland, Dana   MLB   SP 36 L L
  Just promoted to Huntsville - who knew that he'd pitch there before Parra?
2  12 Rogers, Mark   A   SP 33 R R
  Chalk his 5.00 ERA up to "working on things"
 13 Adams, Mike   MLB   CL 41 R R
  ERA has been creeping up little bit by little bit for awhile now, suggesting that big league hitters have figuered out a few things about him
2  14 Gallardo, Yovani   A   SP 33 R R
  This success in Arizona might be enough to start the Brewers thinking about skipping Yo past Helena
1  15 Jones, Mike   A   MR 36 R R
  This slide down the Power 50 doesn't have anything to do with Mike's ability as a pitcher, but more so from the increasingly large hole his arm injuries are digging him
3  16 Housman, Jeff   A   MR 38 L L
  Finally promoted to AAA after too-long a wait
 17 Ford, Matt   A   MR 38 S L
  Still not one "spectacular" outing for Matt down in Huntsville, but at least he's healthy
 18 Sarfate, Dennis   MLB   MR 38 R R
  Really beginning to lose command of the strike zone - might it be time to move Dennis to long relief to help him focus a little?
1  19 Gwynn Jr, Tony   MLB   OF 37 L R
  Leads the system in times caught stealing - what's up with that baserunning in Huntsville, anyway?
1  20 Moss, Steve   A   CF 35 R R
  Things were going well there for awhile, but flirting with the .230 mark isn't exactly what we're looking for
4  21 Woolard, Glenn   A   SP 38 R R
  Making a very strong bid to open next season in AAA, which is amazing because he's only been starting in Huntsville for a little more than a month
 22 Liriano, Pedro   A   SP 39 R R
  At last, Pedro was moved to the bullpen after failing early and often in the rotation
 23 Baker, Josh   A   MR 37 R R
  Pioneer League batters are hitting a cool .202 off of the big righty
2  24 Wahpepah, Josh   A   MR 35 R R
  Last few outings haven't been so great, mainly because of an increased number of walks issued
3  25 Harper, Jesse   A   SP 39 R R
  One start in AA was a good one, and it also landed him on the DL - good news is that he's on the AFL roster, so it can't be too bad
2  26 Diggins, Ben   A   MR 40 R R
  Shut down again, this time with a bone chip in his elbow
3  27 Wooley, Robbie   A   SP 35 R R
  Now leads the Pioneer League in ERA, and has doubled his number of starts from the last time we talked, from 1 to 2
1  28 Saenz, Chris   A   SP 38 R R
  Has reached 100 innings pitched in one of his three full minor league seasons - perhaps another sign that the bullpen is in his future?
2  29 Vanden Berg, John   A   C 39 R R
  If Vandy ever is asked to catch almost every day, he might not be able to because the Brewers haven't given him the opportunity to catch frequently
1  30 Bruso, Greg   A   SP 39 R R
  It might have been a bad sign that the Brewers sent Greg to High Desert in the first place, because they don't send too many of their prized prospects there, even for a little bit
1  31 Ballouli, Khalid   A   SP 39 R R
  At least give Khalid a late-season promotion to Huntsville to show a little gratitude for eating a lot of tough HD innings
1  32 Gemoll, Brandon   A   1B 39 L L
  Could it be that the Brewers think Brandon has earned a spot in the everyday lineup in AAA? Will this thinking last until next season?
7  33 Iribarren, Hernan   MLB   2B 35 L R
  Proof that you can hit .445 and not be promoted; There has to be some way to get him into Helena's lineup
 34 Crabbe, Callix   A   UT 36 S R
  Leads the system in grounding into double plays, which is really odd considering how quick he is
1  35 Hinton, Travis   AA   1B 39 L L
  Might finish the season with 40 doubles and 20 home runs, which is impressive no matter where you play
1  36 Fermaint, Charlie   A   CF 34 R R
  Continues to be an enigma at the plate - you'll never know what you're going to get from night to night
 37 Barnes, Justin   A   MR 37 R R
  A couple of hiccup outings, but threw much better his last time out
3  38 Novinsky, John   A   MR 40 R R
  Recently praised by Melvin in the newspaper, but still no promotion to the pitching-bereft Indy Indians
1  39 Hawk, Tommy   A   SP 34 R R
  Throwing softballs at the plate and is getting hit every which way
3  40 Slack, Nick   A   CL 36 R R
  Has really come on lately, boosting his stock by showing the ability to get better at a bad place to pitch
2  41 Chavez, Ozzie   A   IF 36 S R
  Has a lower OPS than Enrique Cruz did when he was demoted from Huntsville to High Desert
 42 Stetter, Mitch   A   MR 38 L L
  This stint will probably be all Mitch sees of A+ ball - he'll be 24 and a good bet for AA next year
1  43 Salome, Angel   A   OF 33 R R
  The Brewers finally found Salmone, but he's still looking for his bat
3  44 Lewis, Will   A   UT 38 R R
  Turning 23 years old in a few days, which tempers some of the enthusiasm surrounding his hot play in Beloit
1  45 Taubenheim, Ty   A   SP 37 R R
  Depending on the Brewers' advanced-A affiliate next season, Ty got well get the jump from Beloit to Huntsville
3  46 Mannon, Adam   A   RF 36 R R
  Has the second-most extra base hits in the Pioneer League
1  47 Rottino, Vinny   MLB   UT 39 R R
  Leads the system in RBI's (with 103), and the guy with the next most (Hinton in HD) isn't even close (79)
new  48 Cruz, Enrique   A   SS 38 R R
  Back into the swing of things after a disasterous first season and a half as a Brewer
new  49 Costello, Ryan   A   SP 40 R L
  Time to give some props to the Rule 5 pickup who is currently the most consistent pitcher in the Stars' rotation
new  50 Richardson, Grant   A   1B 36 R R
  The first '04 draftee to be promoted to Beloit, Grant dominated Pioneer League pitching and will get a good jump start on next year with his Beloit experience right now

Players removed this week: Jeff Bennett... Adam Heether... Bryan Opdyke...
 

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