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last updated: 10/16/2004

   
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  Power 50
+/- Rank  Name  Level  Pos  Age 
 01 Fielder, Prince   A   1B 35 L R
  Stole as many bases (11) as the number of times he grounded into a double-play, which will probably never happen again
 02 Weeks, Rickie   A   2B 37 R R
  Getting on base half of the time through eight games played in the AFL - not a bad clip
 03 Hardy, J.J.   MLB   SS 37 R R
  The shoulder appears to be healing nicely, and if it stays healthy, there is little doubt J.J. will be Milwaukee's shortstop by the middle of next season
1  04 Hendrickson, Ben   MLB   SP 38 R R
  Only made a few starts at the tail end of the 2004 season to reduce his workload and also to keep him on the Power 50 all offseason
1  05 Hart, Corey   A   OF 37 R R
  Corey's throwing shoulder is still barking, and he's been told to shut it down for the winter
 06 Nelson, Brad   A   1B 36 L R
  Nelly has slipped under the radar a little bit after a so-so season with the Stars... next year will be a huge test for him in AAA
 07 Parra, Manny   A   MR 37 L L
  Because you can't be a Brewers pitcher and not have a history of arm problems, Manny's lingering shoulder problems are making for a nerve-wracking offseason
 08 De La Rosa, Jorge   MLB   MR 38 L L
  Didn't "wow" anyone in his MLB debut starts, and is probably looking at starting next season back in AAA
1  09 Eveland, Dana   MLB   SP 36 L L
  About as impressive a first full season of pro baseball as you are going to see - Dana is getting on the fast track to Milwaukee if he keeps it up into 2005
1  10 Krynzel, Dave   MLB   CF 38 L L
  Struck out a ton in his stint with the Brewers, but his glove is so clearly better than Podsednik's that Dave might give Podzilla a good run for his money in spring training
2  11 Palmisano, Lou   A   C 37 R R
  Some character issues are starting to creep into the picture for the Cap'n, and the Brewers are known for not tolerating too much from their players
 12 Rogers, Mark   A   SP 33 R R
  Will Mark be the high school right hander to finally make it through the system without any major arm injury?
1  13 Gallardo, Yovani   A   SP 33 R R
  The Brewers think they may have uneartherd something pretty special in Yo, and his Beloit experience will do him well going into 2005
2  14 Woolard, Glenn   A   SP 38 R R
  One of the smartest pitchers in the organization, Glenn is an early darkhorse candidate for a Brewers rotation slot in 2005
2  15 Housman, Jeff   A   MR 38 L L
  Not really a strikeout pitcher, Jeff got a little exposed in AAA when he couldn't get away with the same stuff he did in AA... needs to go back to pitching to contact
3  16 Liriano, Pedro   A   SP 39 R R
  Gave up 5 of his 7 big league earned runs off of home runs, and the gopher ball has always his biggest nemesis
3  17 Sarfate, Dennis   MLB   MR 38 R R
  Has recorded 7 outs in the AFL, 6 of them via strikeout in a league full of good hitters
3  18 Jones, Mike   A   MR 36 R R
  Will miss all of 2005 with just about the worst shoulder injury a pitcher could have
2  19 Gwynn Jr, Tony   MLB   OF 37 L R
  After being overmatched most of the time in Huntsville, the Brewers evidently thought Tony hadn't seen enough, so they are throwing him to the wolves in the AFL, and the results are about what you'd expect (aka not good)
2  20 Ford, Matt   A   MR 38 S L
  At the beginning of 2004, I had hoped that it would be a short road back to Milwaukee for Matt, but things haven't worked out well, and it looks like it'll be a long and winding road
3  21 Iribarren, Hernan   MLB   2B 35 L R
  Maybe the most remarkable single statistic from the 2004 season was Hernan's 14 triples in less than 260 at-bats in his first stateside pro season
 22 Wooley, Robbie   A   SP 34 R R
  Quietly turning into one of the Brewers' more promising young pitching prospects
 23 Baker, Josh   A   MR 37 R R
  Pioneer League opponents hit a meager .204 off of Josh in his debut season, giving rise to the hope that he might be able to get through the system rather quickly
2  24 Wahpepah, Josh   A   MR 35 R R
  The Brewers are very high on this young changeup specialist, but his funky delivery is definitely cause for concern
 25 Moss, Steve   A   CF 35 R R
  Another year of A-ball? Yipee... the clock is starting to tick as Steve turns 21 this winter
1  26 Harper, Jesse   A   SP 39 R R
  No news on any major arm surgery for Jesse, which is a nice change of pace for injured pitchers
2  27 Bruso, Greg   A   SP 39 R R
  Nothing much went well for Greg in 2004, from longer-than-expected rehab to getting stuck in High Desert, but hopefully he'll be back and ready to go in 2005
3  28 Crabbe, Callix   A   UT 36 S R
  This is the third straight year that Callix has delivered the goods, and though he's not pressing Weeks for a second base job yet, the Brewers have to be paying attention now
5  29 Mercedes, Roque   A   SP 33 R R
  Hopefully the signing of Mercedes will signal the beginning of a new, higher profile approach to signing players out of Latin America
2  30 Vanden Berg, John   A   C 39 R R
  Not the most gifted of atheletes, John needs to continue working hard to move up the chain and not get lost behind the likes of Palmisano
4  31 Ballouli, Khalid   A   SP 39 R R
  The High Desert nightmare is finally over, so Khalid can turn his thoughts to warmth and Alabama sunshine
4  32 Novinsky, John   A   MR 40 R R
  About fully recovered from getting hit in the face in his AAA debut
5  33 Fermaint, Charlie   A   CF 34 R R
  I don't know why the Brewers will end up promoting Charlie to A ball early next season, but they will
1  34 Hinton, Travis   AA   1B 39 L L
  Like many others before him, TH is going to have to prove that his High Desert performance wasn't a fluke
2  35 Gemoll, Brandon   A   1B 39 L L
  Obviously not in the Brewers' long-term plans at first base, Brandon should probably be working on his outfield skills in winter ball
3  36 Slack, Nick   A   CL 36 R R
  Pretty much a shoe-in to be Huntsville's closer next year
4  37 Taubenheim, Ty   A   SP 37 R R
  Bask in this: 20 career walks, 150 career strikeouts
2  38 Barnes, Justin   A   MR 37 R R
  Power arm that plays better in the bullpen than in the rotation, Justin proved that he could throw well, and now the work begins on making him into a pitcher
5  39 Salome, Angel   A   OF 33 R R
  Bold prediction: at the time next year, Angel will be above Palmisano on the Power 50
2  40 Hawk, Tommy   A   SP 34 R R
  All in all, pitched pretty well outside of a few horrible outings, and should put up a good fight for a slot in the 2005 Charleston rotation
2  41 Cruz, Enrique   A   SS 38 R R
  Interesting battle shaping up between Enrique and Ozzie Chavez for playing time in 2005's Huntsville infield
3  42 Stetter, Mitch   A   MR 38 L L
  Hasn't yet quite found his Beloit form, and it is very tough to get into a groove against AFL hitters
3  43 Rottino, Vinny   MLB   UT 39 R R
  The Brewers need to see if Vinny can stick at catcher, because his value would increase immensely if he could play there regularly
4  44 Costello, Ryan   A   SP 40 R L
  Went from being a minor league Rule 5 selection to being a player in the AFL... not a bad year
2  45 Lewis, Will   A   UT 38 R R
  The Brewers' other other other second baseman of the future
3  46 Durost, Kenny   A   MR 38 R R
  If not for disappearing from the team for about a month, Kenny might have been the Snappers' best pitcher not named Dana Eveland
3  47 Parillo, Brandon   A   MR 34 L L
  Ladies and gentleman, the new Shane Nance
new  48 Pratt, Andy   A   MR 40 L L
  Good fastball and plus slider elluded Pratt most of the season, but he looks to get back on track with a new organization (the Brewers) this winter and next spring
new  49 Parejo, Freddy   A   OF 35 R R
  Toolsy young Venezuelan outfielder who was among the top prospects in the rookie Arizona League this past summer
new  50 Villanueva, Carlos   MLB   MR 35 R R
  Perhaps the second coming of Pedro Liriano, Carlos did everything well in Beloit except keep the ball in the park

Players removed this week: Mike Adams... Ben Diggins... Chris Saenz...
 

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