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last updated: 08/23/2006

   
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  Power 50
+/- Rank  Name  Level  Pos  Age 
 01 Gallardo, Yovani   A   SP 33 R R
  There is little doubt in my mind that Yovanni Gallardo will be in the big leagues before the All-Star break next year
2  02 Braun, Ryan   MLB   OF 35 R R
  I'll eat a little crow here - I thought Braun was going to have a little trouble adjusting to AA in his first go-around, but as it turns out, his bat has been just fine... Now, about that defense...
2  03 Inman, Will   MLB   SP 32 R R
  The Brewers may have held Inman back this year, but he's more than poised to have a Gallardo-esque 2007
2  04 Jackson, Zach   MLB   MR 36 L L
  Has better pure stuff than Chris Capuano... Zach Jack seems to be regrouping and should be in the mix for a rotation spot next spring
2  05 Salome, Angel   A   OF 33 R R
  Broken ankle shouldn't be a huge hinderance towards Angel's progression behind the plate... He'll be ready for spring training
5  06 Villanueva, Carlos   MLB   MR 35 R R
  Probably the least-likely #6 on the Power 50 ever, but as it turns out being a smart pitcher can get you success just as much as being a hard-throwing pitcher
1  07 Rogers, Mark   A   SP 33 R R
  I doubt the Brewers will send Mark back to Florida for a short start or two before the end of the year... My question is: has he done enough to warrant a promotion to AA?
1  08 Jeffress, Jeremy   A   MR 32 R R
  Nothing to write home about in his pro debut, but like I mentioned with Pascual, there's a lot to potentially look forward to
7  09 Gillespie, Cole   MLB   LF 35 R R
  Has performed past expectations in Helena and might well see AA by the end of next year without much resistance
 10 Fermaint, Charlie   A   CF 34 R R
  Wearing down here at the end of the 2006 campaign, but don't let the sliding numbers fool you - Charlie is still a premo prospect
4  11 Parra, Manny   A   MR 37 L L
  Things are finally starting to come together for Manny - he's healthy and has a forthcoming AFL assignment which he could parlay into his long-awaited AAA debut next spring... A healthy Manny Parra is a top 10 prospect, so if nothing happens between now and the next Power 50, I've just ruined that surprise for you
2  12 Iribarren, Hernan   MLB   2B 35 L R
  Hurricane's current .321 BA is actually below his career BA of .333 entering the season - dude can hit
 13 Sarfate, Dennis   MLB   MR 38 R R
  I like the Brewers' decision to send him to the pen permanently, where he's had his best run of success this year, and where he has his best shot to stick in the bigs next year
9  14 Cain, Lorenzo   MLB   CF 33 R R
  Broke the West Virginia franchise record for most hits in a season and is the rare youngster who is getting better as the season rolls on... Has the potential to be a top 5 prospect and a big-name talent much sooner than later
3  15 Escobar, Alcides   MLB   SS 32 R R
  Only 19, but has shown nothing at the plate since April
2  16 Dillard, Tim   A   MR 36 R R
  I can't remember the last time a Brewer minor league pitching went about 350 IP over the course of two years... it is a testament to the rock-steady pitching of Tim Dillard
2  17 Gwynn Jr, Tony   MLB   OF 37 L R
  Cup of coffee went well enough where the Brewers should give Tony an extended look next spring for a backup OF spot on the MLB roster
4  18 Brewer, Brent   A   SS 31 R R
  The Brewers have kept Brent at SS for the time being, but I have a hard time imagining he'll stick there... Has hit pretty well for being such a raw talent
5  19 Hammond, Steve   MLB   SP 37 L L
  Very nice work in his first 11 AA starts has put Steve in position to reach AAA by the middle of his second full season - not much more you can ask for
5  20 Rottino, Vinny   MLB   UT 39 R R
  Vinny will be 27 at the beginning of next year, so the Brewers really have to give him a shot sooner than later to see whether or not they have anything
4  21 Pascual, Rolando   A   RHP 30 R R
  Not impressive in the slightest in his debut year, but Rolando still has a lot of time and potential in front of him
2  22 Moss, Steve   A   CF 35 R R
  Batting average has nose-dived as Steve has climbed over the 500 plate appearance mark for the first time in his career
3  23 Jones, Mike   A   MR 36 R R
  If Mike finishes the season healthy, it'll be a success, even with only 70 innings pitched
3  24 Garrison, Steve   MLB   SP 33 L L
  Workman-like journey up the Power 50 continues as Steve continues to pitch effectively in West Virginia - just needs to cut down on the homers, which seem to be given up in bunches
7  25 Brantley, Michael   MLB   OF 32 L L
  Starting stealing a lot of bases once he was put in the leadoff spot for the Power, which is a great sign for a guy with so little power
4  26 Hinton, Robert   A   MR 35 R R
  Has continued to pitch well after being inserted into the rotation full-time a few weeks back... is this just an experiment, or a permanent move? We'll see next year
8  27 Gamel, Mat   A   1B 34 L R
  Has cut down his strikeout and error rates by quite a bit and leads his team in OPS - should be a fun player to follow in the future
7  28 Krynzel, Dave   MLB   CF 37 L L
  It'll be interesting to see how the Brewers handle Krynzel this offseason - will they leave him on the 40-man through spring, or get him off of the 40-man earlier?
5  29 Mercedes, Roque   A   SP 33 R R
  Not great, but hasn't blown up in Helena, which means he'll probably see A-ball next year
1  30 Nelson, Brad   A   1B 36 L R
  To his credit, Nelson has gotten on base at a very nice clip, even if the power still hasn't come back
3  31 Palmisano, Lou   A   C 37 R R
  Despite the poor batting average, Lou has done about enough to earn a promotion for next season
1  32 Bouchie, Andy   A   C 34 R R
  Has cooled off some after a hot start but it sure is nice to have a third good catching prospect in the system
15  33 Errecart, Chris   A   1B 34 R L
  No doubt about Errecart's power after seeing his Helena output, but can he develop his other tools and become a well-rounded player?
5  34 Wahpepah, Josh   A   MR 35 R R
  Season continues to go downhill after two stellar opening months... wouldn't be surprised at all to hear he's been fighting some nagging injuries
10  35 Anderson, Drew   A   OF 38 L R
  A nice AA campaign rewarded has been rewarded with a late-season promotion to AAA
 36 Demaria, Chris   A   MR 39 R R
  Should get called up once the Nashville season is over
4  37 Crew, Ryan   A   UT 36 R R
  Ryan has done nothing but get on base since his promotion to Brevard
1  38 Katin, Brendan   A   OF 36 R R
  Promoted to AA after smoking FSL pitching for the better part of the year
7  39 Ford, Darren   MLB   CF 34 R R
  Still looking for stolen base #60 and still trying to cut down on the strikeouts
new  40 Bray, Steve   A   MR 38 R R
  Bray has pounded the strike zone very effectively this year and has turned himself into a nice little relief prospect
9  41 Ramirez, Luis   A   SP 31 L L
  18-year-old Venezuelan lefty demolished his AZL competition and is getting some Pioneer League action at the end of his first state-side year
new  42 Zumwalt, Alec   A   MR 38 R R
  Keeps pitching up a storm at the end of the Sounds' pen and has parlayed that into a slot on the Brewers' AFL squad
6  43 Romero, Jose   DSL   MR 21 R R
  Will be nice to have a young lefty relief prospect going through the system... Jose won't be 21 until next June
new  44 Bell, Michael   A   2B 34 R R
  Excellent power potential but has had an up and down season at the plate and in the field - with some consistency, could become one of the Brewers' better infield prospects
5  45 Chavez, Ozzie   A   IF 36 S R
  Short stint with Nashville didn't go very well, but Ozzie sure has put himself back on the radar with a fine year in AA
4  46 Anundsen, Evan   A   SP 31 R R
  One of the few Baby Brewers to exhibit any control on the mound
new  47 De La Cruz, Fredy   A   3B 34 R R
  Young Dominican has the makings of a nice third base power/defense prospect
1  48 Parillo, Brandon   A   MR 34 L L
  After sorting some things out in Helena, the diminutive Parillo is back in West Virginia and is still only 20 years old
new  49 Thatcher, Joe   A   MR 38 L L
  I thought Thatcher might make the Huntsville squad out of spring training this year, but there's almost no question that he'll make it there by next spring, if not earlier.
new  50 Welch, David   A   SP 36 L L
  Can't overlook Welch's nice season with West Virginia this year, especially due to the fact that he's left handed

Players removed this week: Nelson Cruz... Corey Hart... Shane Hill... Kenny Holmberg... Kevin Roberts... Mitch Stetter...
 

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