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last updated: 12/18/2004

   
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  Power 50
+/- Rank  Name  Level  Pos  Age 
 01 Fielder, Prince   A   1B 35 L R
  This business with the problems that his father has had over the past year or two hopefully won't have a profound effect on Prince on the field, though it would be understandable if it did/does have some effect
 02 Weeks, Rickie   A   2B 37 R R
  Tore the AFL a new one and came within a few AB of breaking some records there before being felled with a rib-cage injury (that isn't serious)
 03 Hardy, J.J.   MLB   SS 37 R R
  Got off to a slow start in his Mexican League assignment, and then got booted from the team, so it looks like the next major plate time he'll see is in spring training; Shoulder isn't causing any problems
new  04 Capellan, Jose   MLB   CL 38 R R
  The hardest throwing prospect the Brewers have had since Nick Neugebauer, if Capellan avoids injury, he's at worst a good closer and at best an ace starter
1  05 Hendrickson, Ben   MLB   SP 38 R R
  Ben must be at least a little happy that the Brewers haven't been able to land another starter for the big league rotation - even if they do, he'll still get a long look in spring
1  06 Hart, Corey   A   OF 37 R R
  The trade for Carlos Lee takes a bunch of pressure off of Corey, and pretty much writes it in stone that he'll start 2005 in AAA
 07 Parra, Manny   A   MR 37 L L
  Wrongfully lumped into the same injury class as Jones and Saenz by others, I'll say that Manny will not only be ready to go for the start of the season, he'll be in Milwaukee before the end of the season
1  08 Eveland, Dana   MLB   SP 36 L L
  While Parra was the higher profile DFE signee, the Brewers may have gotten the better value with Eveland
new  09 Cruz, Nelson   MLB   RF 39 R R
  Nelson was the key player for the Brewers in the Keith Ginter trade, and his ability to translate last year's success into long term success will make or break the trade for the Brewers; He's a big right-handed corner outfielder with 5-tool potential
4  10 Nelson, Brad   A   1B 36 L R
  That sound you hear is the sound of Brad Nelson slipping down the Power 50 as the Brewers add more talent in front of him
3  11 De La Rosa, Jorge   MLB   MR 38 L L
  I'd really like to see DLR make the Brewers rotation out of spring training, but I really don't want to see him relegated to the Brewers' bullpen, so I hope it's either Milwaukee rotation or Nashville rotation
2  12 Krynzel, Dave   MLB   CF 37 L L
  Appears to have an inside track on an MLB roster spot for some reason which alludes my grasp of logic
2  13 Palmisano, Lou   A   C 37 R R
  The Damian Miler signing points to the Brewers really counting on the Cap'n performing well in the next few years and being ready for a roster spot in late '07
2  14 Rogers, Mark   A   SP 33 R R
  Drops two spots this time (has nothing to do with him), but with the mass graduation of players off the Power 50 that will occur in the next year and a half, Mark is in strong position to be one of the Brewers' top 2-3 prospects sooner than people think
2  15 Gallardo, Yovani   A   SP 33 R R
  Despite pitching in Beloit last season, it is the stance of the Power 50 that Yo should pitch in Helena next season, or at least start the season in extended spring training
1  16 Sarfate, Dennis   MLB   MR 38 R R
  Really showed moxy in the AFL, and set himself up well for a good run at a AAA rotations spot
2  17 Housman, Jeff   A   MR 38 L L
  Put on the 40-man roster over Woolard, which is surprising, and the only major thing that seperates them is that Jeff throws lefty
4  18 Woolard, Glenn   A   SP 38 R R
  Not protected on the 40-man, but not selected in the Rule 5 draft either, so no harm, no foul
1  19 Jones, Mike   A   MR 36 R R
  Now there's a chance Mike won't miss all of 2005, but don't hold your breath
1  20 Iribarren, Hernan   MLB   2B 35 L R
  Always remember, Hurricane, that your nickname came from Brewerfan
1  21 Wooley, Robbie   A   SP 34 R R
  Wooley's rise up the Power 50 has nothing to do with the fact that the Power 50 came into possession of Robbie Wooley autographed cards, let's just make that clear
3  22 Gwynn Jr, Tony   MLB   OF 37 L R
  Didn't hit well to finish the season in A ball in 2003, so he was promoted past advanced-A to AA... Didn't hit well in AA, so he was sent to the AFL... Didn't hit well in the AFL, so he'll be Milwaukee's starting CF by the middle of 2005
3  23 Ford, Matt   A   MR 38 S L
  Might be asked to turn into a short-relief specialist this spring
1  24 Baker, Josh   A   MR 37 R R
  West Virginia rotation could be pretty full, which could benefit Baker by moving him up to Brevard County
1  25 Wahpepah, Josh   A   MR 35 R R
  About the only lock for the West Virginia rotation so far
1  26 Moss, Steve   A   CF 35 R R
  The Brewers almost have to promote Steve to Brevard County and hope that he a)adjusts and b)stays healthy
1  27 Harper, Jesse   A   SP 38 R R
  Doesn't throw that hard, so arm troubles aren't really much of a worry as far as velocity is concerned
1  28 Bruso, Greg   A   SP 39 R R
  Since Bruso is more of a relief prospect down the road anyway, why not throw him in the AAA pen and see if he excells?
1  29 Crabbe, Callix   A   UT 36 S R
  About the best Callix can hope for right now is that Weeks moves to a different position
1  30 Mercedes, Roque   A   SP 33 R R
  Now if the Brewers can only sign someone named Rafael Jose...
1  31 Novinsky, John   A   MR 40 R R
  With all the uncertainty surrounding the Brewers' bullpen, no one, including Novinsky, should be ruled out for a spot
1  32 Ballouli, Khalid   A   SP 39 R R
  The perfect gift for Brewerfan's webmaster would be an autographed photo of Khalid... if anyone can do this, let me know
3  33 Vanden Berg, John   A   C 39 R R
  Will continue splitting time behind the plate next season, whether it be with Palmisano or Gulledge or Johnson
1  34 Fermaint, Charlie   A   CF 34 R R
  Playing winter ball to the tune of 6 plate appearances
1  35 Hinton, Travis   AA   1B 38 L L
  It's a shame to be in an organization with so many first baseman... TH better start working on hus outfield defense if he wants to make it to the show with the Brewers
1  36 Taubenheim, Ty   A   SP 36 R R
  Should be invited to AAA camp in spring, but will probably end up in AA camp instead
1  37 Slack, Nick   A   CL 36 R R
  Similar pitcher to newly acquired Justin Lehr, so when you want to think of Nick Slack, look at Lehr and subtract 6 years
4  38 Stetter, Mitch   A   MR 38 L L
  Might be the PTBNL in the Carlos Lee deal, so if that is the case, good luck to Mitch with the White Sox... if not, glad to you have here!
4  39 Gemoll, Brandon   A   1B 39 L L
  The Brewers might want to do Brandon a favor and trade him to a team that will actually be able to play him in the outfield
2  40 Barnes, Justin   A   MR 37 R R
  I'd like to see the Brewers make Justin West Virginia's closer next year, but they never listen to me, so that's cool
2  41 Salome, Angel   A   OF 33 R R
  If you haven't been able to to check it out, make sure to look at the Salome photos on the minor league fourm
1  42 Cruz, Enrique   A   SS 37 R R
  Evidently didn't have enough pull with Pedro Martinez to get him to sign with Milwaukee
 43 Rottino, Vinny   MLB   UT 39 R R
  It'll be interesting to see which position Vinnie winds up at with Huntsville because he's going to move someone else out of a job wherever he goes on the field
2  44 Durost, Kenny   A   MR 38 R R
  Good reports from instructional league on Kenny means that he's turning a few heads and getting noticed after a good 2004 season
5  45 Hawk, Tommy   A   SP 34 R R
  Might not be too long before Tommy will have to earn his way back onto the ol' Power 50
2  46 Costello, Ryan   A   SP 40 R L
  Not so great AFL stint, but will still go to Nashville next season
2  47 Lewis, Will   A   UT 38 R R
  Like Hinton, in the unfortunate position of being behind a lot of other guys at his position
 48 Pratt, Andy   A   MR 40 L L
  Might be given a look at being the Brewers' lefty specialist next spring
 49 Parejo, Freddy   A   OF 35 R R
  The Brewers can only hope that Parejo turns into Nelson Cruz-type prospect some day, but there always is a little hope
new  50 Diggins, Ben   A   MR 40 R R
  Pitched poorly in the AFL in very limited action, but the Brewers assure us Ben is fully healthy

Players removed this week: Pedro Liriano... Brandon Parillo... Carlos Villanueva...
 

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