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  Power 50
+/- Rank  Name  Level  Pos  Age 
 01 Fielder, Prince   A   1B 35 L R
  Outperforming Overbay in the first few games of spring, and there's no room for Lyle in the outfield
 02 Weeks, Rickie   A   2B 37 R R
  Still making some boneheaded plays in the field, which is one of the main reason he won't get much consideration for the big league squad out of spring training
 03 Hardy, J.J.   MLB   SS 37 R R
  No one will say it, but the Brewers have handed the shortstop job to J.J. on a silver platter, and only a horrible month of March will make him lose the job
 04 Capellan, Jose   MLB   CL 38 R R
  The key to Capellan's success as a starter will be the development of his off-speed pitches, though his fastball is good enough by itself to make him an effective closer
 05 Hendrickson, Ben   MLB   SP 38 R R
  Appears to have the inside track to a spot in the Brewers rotation if only because he really has nothing left to prove in AAA
 06 Hart, Corey   A   OF 37 R R
  The acquisition of Carlos Lee bought Corey Hart some more time to hone his skills in AAA, which is time he needs
5  07 Krynzel, Dave   MLB   CF 37 L L
  Should be engaged in a spirited battle with Brady Clark for the Brewers' center field job, though the chances of him winning the job seem to be remote
1  08 Parra, Manny   A   MR 36 L L
  Can't afford much more time lost to injury, namely his sometimes balky shoulder
2  09 De La Rosa, Jorge   MLB   MR 38 L L
  Out of options, so he'll make the Brewers' club, but it'll likely be in the bullpen
 10 Nelson, Brad   A   1B 36 L R
  Now fully recovered from his hamate injury of a few years ago, Brad needs to show a thing or two this season in his AAA debut
3  11 Rogers, Mark   A   SP 33 R R
  It's a good thing Mark didn't pursue that NHL career afterall
4  12 Eveland, Dana   MLB   SP 36 L L
  It sounds like the Brewers' intention for Eveland is to be a bullpen guy down the line, which lessens his value a bit
 13 Palmisano, Lou   A   C 37 R R
  Rumored to have made a good bit of progress defensively during the offseason, the Cap'n will make a tough leap from A to AA this year, a year that could be telling of his future with the club
1  14 Gallardo, Yovani   A   SP 33 R R
  Turning into the Brewers' most exciting second round pick since J.J. Hardy in 2001
6  15 Cruz, Nelson   MLB   RF 39 R R
  The Brewers will use Cruz primarily as a right fielder, though he'll have to prove he can hit like a big league right fielder
4  16 Iribarren, Hernan   MLB   2B 35 L R
  Everyone seems to be enamored with Iribarren, but half a season of state-side ball just doesn't quite make me want to worship at the altar of the Hurricane yet
1  17 Sarfate, Dennis   MLB   MR 38 R R
  If Dennis can't put together some semblance of control this year, it may be his last year as a starter because his stuff translates very well into the bullpen
new  18 Pena, Luis   A   CL 36 R R
  My main victim of oversight in 2004, Pena's numbers in Beloit weren't a whole lot better, but his stuff vastly improved and the Brewers think his future is very bright
22  19 Salome, Angel   A   OF 33 R R
  Will be able to play defense at the MLB level - his hitting prowess will determine if he's able to stick around in the bigs
10  20 Mercedes, Roque   A   SP 33 R R
  Bold prediction: Mercedes will show up in West Virignia sometime this year
4  21 Housman, Jeff   A   MR 38 L L
  With the Brewers' propensity to turn lefties from starters into crafty relievers, Housman has to be wondering if he is next
new  22 Escobar, Alcides   MLB   SS 32 R R
  Will play in A-ball as an 18 year old, something that I could have done but chose not to
3  23 Moss, Steve   A   CF 35 R R
  Bad news is that Steve missed a bunch of instructionals because of mono; Good news is that he can't miss any more time because of it... now if the rest of his body can only be so lucky
 24 Baker, Josh   A   MR 37 R R
  How funny would it be if Baker made it to the bigs before Humber, Niemann or Townsend, his much more prestigous teammates at Rice?
 25 Wahpepah, Josh   A   MR 35 R R
  Might emerge as the staff ace with the WV Power
7  26 Jones, Mike   A   MR 36 R R
  At least we'll more or less know by the end of the season if Mike will ever pitch again for the Brewers, and not be strung out for season after season like we were with Gold and Neugebauer
2  27 Crabbe, Callix   A   UT 36 S R
  Probably the best third-best second base prospect in any organization in baseball
10  28 Woolard, Glenn   A   SP 38 R R
  Not on the 40-man, not in major league camp, not even assured of a spot with the AAA team, all of which adds up to a heavy index of ridiculousness
8  29 Wooley, Robbie   A   SP 34 R R
  It appears as though I am one of the few people on the planet who thinks this highly of Robbie, but I'm sticking to my guns - go get 'em
12  30 Cruz, Enrique   A   SS 37 R R
  Has to be one of the few people in baseball history who has been in three straight MLB spring training camps without having played one single game in AAA, and without being on the 40-man roster for all three years
new  31 Richardson, Grant   A   1B 36 R R
  A ton of power potential, though like all first basemen not named Prince Fielder in the Milwaukee system, he'll have to find his outfield glove eventually
new  32 Sollmann, Steve   A   UT 37 R R
  Should get jumped right to Brevard County if the Brewers hold Iribarren back in West Virginia to begin the season
13  33 Costello, Ryan   A   SP 40 R L
  In a suddenly-crowded LHP derby for AAA pitching spots, Costello is going to have to bring his A-game to spring training, lest he end up back in AA
12  34 Gwynn Jr, Tony   MLB   OF 37 L R
  The Brewers are thinking about promoting Gwynn to AAA out of spring training and they are idiots for doing so
5  35 Barnes, Justin   A   MR 37 R R
  Barnes will be one of the guys that is really helped by the fact that West Virginia is somewhere inbetween Helena and Beloit in terms of talent level
14  36 Diggins, Ben   A   MR 40 R R
  I disagree with the Brewers' move to bring Diggins to MLB camp this spring - I think he'd be better served in AAA camp as he gets used to pitching again
 37 Slack, Nick   A   CL 36 R R
  Nick has the chance to make a big name for himself in the closer's role with Huntsville
5  38 Rottino, Vinny   MLB   UT 39 R R
  Maybe don't take it as a good sign that the Brewers want Rottino to continue being a utility player - if he could play a position every day, he should
3  39 Taubenheim, Ty   A   SP 36 R R
  Picture Mike Adams, add about 60-70 pounds, and then you have Ty Taubenheim
new  40 Brady, Josh   A   1B 39 R R
  Josh could help himself immensely by adjusting to third base, as it is one of the few clear paths to Milwaukee
new  41 Gamble, Jerome   A   MR 39 R R
  Rarely does a team get a talent as capable as Jerome Gamble on the minor league free agent market, but he immediately becomes one of the Brewers' top relief prospects
new  42 Heether, Adam   MLB   IF 37 R R
  Still the team's best third base prospect by default, Adam must make the most of this opportunity before the Brewers address this need in the June draft
new  43 Anderson, Drew   A   OF 38 L R
  Drew has a nice swing, though he'll need to find some power somewhere if he wants to stick
13  44 Novinsky, John   A   MR 40 R R
  If the Brewers are still searching for a closer this time next year, Novinsky could be their guy
7  45 Stetter, Mitch   A   MR 38 L L
  Treated unpleasently in the AFL by opposing hitters after getting beat around in the Cal League, but the Brewers remain unwavering in their confidence
new  46 Segura, Alberto   A   C 35 R R
  Alberto has hit here, there, and everywhere since 2002, and he's a catcher, so why isn't he being talked about more? I plan on ending the silence
13  47 Fermaint, Charlie   A   CF 34 R R
  Still raw as all get-out, Charlie will be well served by an early summer spent in Arizona
 48 Pratt, Andy   A   MR 40 L L
  Has the stuff to be a top-20 prospect, and a No. 3-4 starter in the bigs, but can he put it all together?
16  49 Vanden Berg, John   A   C 39 R R
  Vandy had about 4 catcher signed in front of him to full spots in AAA and AA, so he'll have to fight to get promoted
3  50 Lewis, Will   A   UT 38 R R
  Possibly the best fourth-best second base propsect of any baseball organization out there

Players removed this week: Khalid Ballouli... Greg Bruso... Kenny Durost... Matt Ford... Brandon Gemoll... Jesse Harper... Tommy Hawk... Travis Hinton... Freddy Parejo...
 

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