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last updated: 01/13/2006

   
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  Power 50
+/- Rank  Name  Level  Pos  Age 
 01 Fielder, Prince   A   1B 35 L R
  Prince proved his worth to the organization when Overbay was traded to Toronto - the first base job will be his to lose for years to come
 02 Hart, Corey   A   OF 37 R R
  Has little left to prove in AAA, but Corey will still need to fight for one of the last spots on the big league roster
 03 Eveland, Dana   MLB   SP 35 L L
  Edges out Zach Jackson by a nose for top pitching prospect honors... Dana should start the year in the AAA rotation
new  04 Jackson, Zach   MLB   MR 36 L L
  Zach Jack will be debuting for the Brewers before you know it, adding even more depth to an already deep staff
1  05 Capellan, Jose   MLB   CL 38 R R
  Loves relieving, and even though starters are more valuable to an organization, Jose can still do a lot of good out of the pen
1  06 Cruz, Nelson   MLB   RF 39 R R
  With the acquisition of Gabe Gross, Nelson will almost assuredly head back to AAA barring an absolutely stellar spring training
1  07 Sarfate, Dennis   MLB   MR 38 R R
  Finally saw some AAA time at the end of the season... Dennis is without a doubt a darkhorse to make the club out of spring training
2  08 Braun, Ryan   MLB   OF 35 R R
  The chances of Braun seeing A-ball again are pretty slim, though the Brewers might feel less of a need to push him now that Koskie will be at third base with the big team for a few years
1  09 Gallardo, Yovani   A   SP 33 R R
  If Yo continues to do what he does and do what the Brewers ask, he'll be a top 5 prospect by the end of the year no problem
2  10 Inman, Will   MLB   SP 32 R R
  It bares worth mentioning one more time: without one catastrophic inning of pitching, Will was virtually perfect last year and he'll be rewarded with a promotion to Charleston
2  11 Rogers, Mark   A   SP 33 R R
  Others rate Rogers higher, but call me crazy for liking some on-field results if you want - a .376 opposing OBP ain't good, I don't care what you're working on
1  12 Iribarren, Hernan   MLB   2B 35 L R
  Hernan might become trade bait this season if he keeps performing because he's really, really blocked at second base
1  13 Parra, Manny   A   MR 36 L L
  The top-5 potential is definitely still there, but will this be the year where Manny finally breaks through and stays healthy?
7  14 Krynzel, Dave   MLB   CF 37 L L
  "Bone-headed" does not begin to describe the events following Dave's mini-bike accident - tell the team if you're hurt, kid
new  15 Pascual, Rolando   A   RHP 30 R R
  The latest high profile signing from the Dominican for the Brewers, Rolando is 16 years old, 6'6, and has a fastball that already has people buzzing
1  16 Salome, Angel   A   OF 33 R R
  18 passed balls in 35 games behind the dish... 'nuff said about our top catching prospect
8  17 Hendrickson, Ben   MLB   SP 38 R R
  One option year remains, so Ben has about a one-year window of opportunity to prove to the organization he still belongs here
2  18 Nelson, Brad   A   1B 36 L R
  Might well see some time back at first base as the outfield siutation around him becomes more crowded
1  19 Moss, Steve   A   CF 35 R R
  Almost to reason to think that Steve won't be Huntsville's starting centerfielder in '06
6  20 Dillard, Tim   A   MR 36 R R
  Tim is an almost perfect Southern League pitcher (throws heavy stuff in the zone) so an early word of caution that he may put up some eye-popping numbers there
1  21 Heether, Adam   MLB   IF 37 R R
  If Adam had just been here about 2 years earlier, he'd be in prime position to take over third base for the forseeable future... as it is, he's behind at least 2 guys in the Brewers' long-term plans
3  22 Wahpepah, Josh   A   MR 35 R R
  Ground/fly ball ratio of 3.28 (which means for every one fly ball, he gave up 3.28 ground balls, out or not) with West Virginia is nothing short of amazing, and nothing short of what Doug Melvin likes to see from a pitcher
2  23 Gwynn Jr, Tony   MLB   OF 37 L R
  TGJ has a leg up on the Nashville CF battle now that Krynzel will be out most of spring with his clavicle injury
3  24 Escobar, Alcides   MLB   SS 32 R R
  Fabulous AFL campaign goes a long way to proving that Alcides is one of the brightest up-and-coming stars in the system
2  25 Villanueva, Carlos   MLB   MR 35 R R
  Has rather Pedro Liriano-ish numbers and keep in mind where he ended up
5  26 Fermaint, Charlie   A   CF 34 R R
  I have a feeling that the Brewers will try pushing Charlie a little and promote him to Brevard to start the season
3  27 Mercedes, Roque   A   SP 32 R R
  Hey, that year sucked!
11  28 Hammond, Steve   MLB   SP 37 L L
  Only 16 games into his pro career, it isn't unreasonable to think that Steve will continue right on to AA much sooner than later
8  29 Brantley, Michael   MLB   OF 32 L L
  Michael is turning into my favorite non-Will Inman pick of the '05 draft
2  30 Jones, Mike   A   MR 36 R R
  Here's the wikiquote.org quote of the day: "Not one of us knows what effect his life produces, and what he gives to others; that is hidden from us and must remain so, though we are often allowed to see some little fraction of it, so that we may not lose courage." ~ Albert Schweitzer
2  31 Crabbe, Callix   A   UT 36 S R
  And if Iribarren should be worried about being blocked...
3  32 Garrison, Steve   MLB   SP 33 L L
  Don't like the G/F ratio, but he's a lefty, so I'll let it slide
1  33 Palmisano, Lou   A   C 37 R R
  Had only 6 passed balls and threw out almost 40% of runners attempting to steal in 89 games behind the plate in '05, which highlights who inept Lou's bat was at times last year
 34 Rottino, Vinny   MLB   UT 39 R R
  Mildly surprising that Vinny wasn't added to the 40-man over the winter
10  35 Pena, Luis   A   CL 36 R R
  Shoulder surgery at the end of last year means that the beginning of next year is in limbo for the ex-40-man pitcher
16  36 Cruz, Enrique   A   SS 37 R R
  Withotu a doubt, Enrique earned his way to AAA with his play in 2005
7  37 Stetter, Mitch   A   MR 38 L L
  Gave up too many extra-base hits with Nashville, but otherwise Mitch put himself in position to get to Milwaukee in the near future
3  38 Rasheed, Hasan   A   LF 35 L L
  Small-ball player must cut down on strike-outs... A leadoff 3TOesque 41% of his ABs resulted in a walk, strikeout or homr run
1  39 Hinton, Robert   A   MR 35 R R
  Brilliant job in relief for the Power... Robert has earned the right to be the closer for the Manatees
new  40 Gamel, Mat   A   1B 34 L R
  Part of the the surprisingly strong third base corps of the Brewers' minor league system
1  41 Rodriguez, Guilder   A   IF 36 S R
  After a remarkably deft performance as a part-time player with Huntsville in '05, Guilder has earned the right to play there everyday in '06
8  42 Parillo, Brandon   A   MR 34 L L
  Ground-ball machine is a sleeper prospect to really move up the Power 50 this year
 43 Richardson, Grant   A   1B 36 R R
  It's no slight to a talented guy like Grant Richardson, but with Prince Fielder in the system, Grant has little chance to make it at first base with the Brewers
1  44 Roberts, Kevin   MLB   MR 35 R R
  Should have had a better stint with West Virginia, and that might preclude him from being promoted to Brevard straight out of the gate this spring
1  45 Cain, Lorenzo   MLB   CF 33 R R
  The Brewers second-most atheltic CF prospect, behind only Charlie Fermaint, Cain profiles as a corner OF down the line
 46 Stanczyk, Ben   A   MR 37 R R
  Nearly echoed Hinton's numbers with the Power... Ben should move right along with Robert up to Brevard to form the end of the Manatees' bullpen
11  47 Ford, Darren   MLB   CF 34 R R
  Could be the fastest player in the system now that Agustin Septimo was picked in the minor league Rule 5 draft
new  48 Thatcher, Joe   A   MR 38 L L
  Older lefty who dominated at both brief stops last year - Joe throws in the 90's and should be in Huntsville to start '06
1  49 Chapman, Steve   A   1B 34 L L
  Steve has a fight on his hands to make the West Virginia roster - most other years, he'd not only be on that roster, he'd be starting for sure
new  50 Renkert, Dane   A   CL 38 R R
  An older college reliever who dominated rookie ball and A-ball hitters, Dane needs to get off to quick start this spring to maintain his prospect status

Players removed this week: Justin Barnes... Jeff Housman... Jose Jimenez... Ty Taubenheim... Glenn Woolard...
 

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