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Toby's Power 50
  Power 50 Notes
last updated: 09/11/2004

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  Power 50
+/- Rank  Name  Level  Pos  Age 
 01 Fielder, Prince   A   1B 35 L R
  Didn't have the breakout season that some of us hoped he'd have, but also didn't let his prospect status slip, and should be poised for being within spitting distance of the bigs next year
 02 Weeks, Rickie   A   2B 37 R R
  Did different things well at different times during the season, but never really got it all going at the same time
 03 Hardy, J.J.   MLB   SS 37 R R
  Only five months until the return of J.J., and only eight or nine months until not having to worry about who the Brewers' shortstop is
 04 Hart, Corey   A   OF 37 R R
  Will not be called up to Milwaukee so that his throwing shoulder can heal
 05 Hendrickson, Ben   MLB   SP 38 R R
  Finally, Ben got his first Major League win after six tough appearances
 06 Nelson, Brad   A   1B 37 L R
  Has Brad earned a promotion to AAA? He might have to have a big spring to get the call
 07 Parra, Manny   A   MR 37 L L
  I hope the Brewers don't give Manny a whole lot of work this offseason outside of the AFL... he needs to rest his arm for awhile
 08 De La Rosa, Jorge   MLB   MR 38 L L
  Hasn'y pitched a lot of innings this year, but he's pitched a lot lately, and may be beginning to wear down
 09 Palmisano, Lou   A   C 37 R R
  There is almost no doubt that the Cap'n will be in AA next season regardless of whether the Brewers find a good advanced-A affiliate or not
1  10 Eveland, Dana   MLB   SP 36 L L
  From DFE signee to top-10 prospect in a little over a year's time... congrats!
1  11 Krynzel, Dave   MLB   CF 38 L L
  Continuing with his showing in spring training, Dave can't hit big league pitching yet, and has struck out in half of his first 14 ML at-bats
 12 Rogers, Mark   A   SP 33 R R
  Will be back in Arizona for fall instructional league, though the Brewers will be very careful with his innings
 13 Adams, Mike   MLB   CL 41 R R
  This will be Mike's last Power 50 unless he gets injured, so good luck to him, and may he close many, many games for future Brewers teams
 14 Gallardo, Yovani   A   SP 33 R R
  Made the biggest immediate impact of all the '04 draftees, and Yo has set himself up for a good '05 with Beloit
 15 Jones, Mike   A   MR 36 R R
  So... do you let Mike hang around with Mark Rogers or not?
2  16 Woolard, Glenn   A   SP 38 R R
  Made the second biggest move up the pitching ranks this season (behind Eveland)
1  17 Housman, Jeff   A   MR 38 L L
  Got exposed in AAA for being a soft-tosser that hadn't yet figuered out how to beat better competition
1  18 Ford, Matt   A   MR 38 S L
  Matt won his first and last appearance of the year... that's weird
1  19 Liriano, Pedro   A   SP 39 R R
  Doing alright in Milwaukee, though a sinkerballer who gives up home runs won't last too long in the bigs, so he'll have to figure that out
1  20 Sarfate, Dennis   MLB   MR 38 R R
  Dennis will sink or swim with his ability (or inability) to find the strike zone, and he sunk more often than not in '04
 21 Gwynn Jr, Tony   MLB   OF 37 L R
  Great defensively, but huge question marks about his bat
2  22 Wooley, Robbie   A   SP 35 R R
  Went from being a relief prospect to being one of the better young starting prospects in the Pioneer League
1  23 Baker, Josh   A   MR 37 R R
  Pretty good with Helena, though many were expecting a good college pitcher to do a little more there
5  24 Iribarren, Hernan   MLB   2B 35 L R
  The surprise of the farm system this year, no doubt, The Hurricane is officially in Weeks' rear-view mirror
2  25 Moss, Steve   A   CF 35 R R
  The most personally dissapointing prospect of the year for me, Steve just never got confident at the plate for the Snappers
1  26 Wahpepah, Josh   A   MR 35 R R
  May become a favorite prospect of Team Canada as a result of his propensity to induce groundballs
1  27 Harper, Jesse   A   SP 39 R R
  Not looking good for Harper pitching in the AFL, but the rest may be good
1  28 Diggins, Ben   A   MR 40 R R
  And another long offseason commences which makes us wonder what it is we have in Big Ben: a potentially dominant closer, a middle-of-the-rotation starter, or a perpetually injured never-will-be?
1  29 Bruso, Greg   A   SP 39 R R
  Had no business pitching in High Desert, but he got through that, and should be given the chance to challenge for a AAA roster spot in the spring
1  30 Saenz, Chris   A   SP 38 R R
  This offseason, the Brewers need to sit down and really think about whether Chris' future is in the rotation or not, and I don't think that it is
2  31 Crabbe, Callix   A   UT 36 S R
  Bold prediction for 2005: Callix will have a better Huntsville OPS than Rickie Weeks
4  32 Vanden Berg, John   A   C 39 R R
  Might go from being a half-time player in High Desert to a third-time player being Cap'n Lou next year
1  33 Hinton, Travis   AA   1B 39 L L
  Finsihed with under 100 strikeouts, impressive for a slugger like TH
new  34 Mercedes, Roque   A   SP 33 R R
  The biggest-name Latin signee for the Brewers since Cristian Guerrero, Mercedes has a good fastball-curveball combo and an excellent pitcher's build
3  35 Ballouli, Khalid   A   SP 39 R R
  The thing that will get Khalid to the next level is throwing fastballs low through the zone instead of missing up - he doesn't have the pure stuff to dominate hitters mano y mano
1  36 Novinsky, John   A   MR 40 R R
  The first man in Power 50 history to be hit in the head with a ball and move up a spot
2  37 Gemoll, Brandon   A   1B 39 L L
  Did well enough in Indy to at least earn a spot on the bench in AAA next season
2  38 Fermaint, Charlie   A   CF 34 R R
  I still think he never should have been promoted to Helena this season, but hopefully his struggles there don't foretell more struggles in the coming years
1  39 Slack, Nick   A   CL 36 R R
  Got the ERA back under 5.00, and will be a force to be reckoned with next year with the Stars
2  40 Barnes, Justin   A   MR 37 R R
  Future probably lies in the bullpen, but Justin (side note... same name as the painter from American Chopper) will get first dibs at a Beloit rotation spot next spring
3  41 Taubenheim, Ty   A   SP 37 R R
  Finally, the Brewers seem to be following my lead and are falling over themselves for Ty... I'd give it 3:2 odds he ends up with Huntsville to start next season
3  42 Hawk, Tommy   A   SP 34 R R
  Got much better as the season drew to a close, which is shame because he'll have to wait until next season to pick himself back up on a real game field
2  43 Cruz, Enrique   A   SS 38 R R
  Might have been the Cal League MVP had he played there all season
3  44 Salome, Angel   A   OF 33 R R
  Needs to get himself healed for next spring, and I hope the Brewers aren't planning on playing him too much in instructionals
2  45 Stetter, Mitch   A   MR 38 L L
  Word is the Brewers may make the switch and convert Mitch to a short relief pitcher as soon as the AFL
 46 Rottino, Vinny   MLB   UT 39 R R
  I think Vinnie was able to draw walks all along, it's just he felt like it was his job to drive in runs (which he did), so he swung the bat instead
 47 Lewis, Will   A   UT 38 R R
  Played in the final game for the Snappers after sitting out awhile with a hamstring injury, and should see a lot of action in the Brewers' instructional league
 48 Costello, Ryan   A   SP 40 R L
  May have started his last game as a Brewers' farmhand, because it is almost a certainty that the Brewers want to try him in short relief (much the same as Stetter)
1  49 Durost, Kenny   A   MR 38 R R
  Somewhere in-between the right-handed version of Jeff Housman and Dennis Sarfate-lite, Durost was very, very good at times with the Snappers, but still has a lot to prove before he starts moving up the prospect lists
new  50 Parillo, Brandon   A   MR 34 L L
  Young lefty didn't get a lot of work for the Arizona club, but when he was in there, he was dominant

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