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last updated: 12/03/2006

   
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  Power 50
+/- Rank  Name  Level  Pos  Age 
 01 Gallardo, Yovani   A   SP 33 R R
  If there is no such thing as a pitching prospect, Yo Gallardo is about as close as it gets... He may only be an arm injury away from never realizing potential, but he also may only be a year away from being named Rookie Of The Year
 02 Braun, Ryan   MLB   OF 35 R R
  Has proven that his bat is likely to play in the bigs, but still hasn't proven his glove will stick at third base... Will Bill Hall's presence on the roster force Braun to LF/CF for the time being?
 03 Inman, Will   MLB   SP 32 R R
  The heir apparent to Gallardo's top pitching prospect spot has every bit the potential of Yovanni... It'll be en exciting year for Will
1  04 Salome, Angel   A   OF 33 R R
  Assuming his ankle gets healthy, Angel is the guy the Brewers will look to once Johnny Estrada's time in Milwaukee is finished
4  05 Gillespie, Cole   MLB   LF 35 R R
  Word is that Cole probably won't skip right past West Virginia like many of us expected, but that doesn't make him any less valuable
2  06 Jackson, Zach   MLB   MR 36 L L
  Got hit hard in his stint with the Brewers and didn't look great on returning to AAA, but Zach Jack is still in the mix for big playing time in Milwaukee next season
1  07 Jeffress, Jeremy   A   MR 32 R R
  Still has a clean bill of healthy, which is more than Mark Rogers can say... Still, I'm not convinced he was the best pick the Brewers could have made
3  08 Parra, Manny   A   MR 36 L L
  A hundred healthy innings this year is great news - let's hope Manny can build upon it and finally get to AAA in 2007
1  09 Fermaint, Charlie   A   CF 34 R R
  Wore down in the middle of the season and will have a huge test in AA next year, but no one is going to question his unbelievable tools
3  10 Rogers, Mark   A   SP 33 R R
  Reportedly not throwing this offseason, a further reg flag regarding the health of Mark's shoulder... Hopefully he'll come to spring training healthy
new  11 Perez, Yohannis   A   SS 37 R R
  Cuban defector may make the club out of spring, but will start no lower than AA... Defense and speed are very sound, only question is how he'll hit after being off for the better part of two years.
1  12 Sarfate, Dennis   MLB   MR 38 R R
  Out of options, so Dennis needs to build on a good-looking run in the bullpen to stick around with the organization after March
1  13 Cain, Lorenzo   MLB   CF 33 R R
  Didn't hit in the Hawaii Winter League and is pegged for Brevard's RF slot going into next year
2  14 Iribarren, Hernan   MLB   2B 35 L R
  Unlike fellow Brevard middle infielder Alcides Escobar, The Hurricane did more than enough (even without a corked bat!) to get to AA next year
 15 Escobar, Alcides   MLB   SS 32 R R
  Are the Brewers motivated enough to keep Escobar and Iribarren together that they'll overlook Alcides' lackluster '06 campaign? My gut tells me they will
2  16 Brewer, Brent   A   SS 31 R R
  How long will the Brewers keep Brewer at SS? Will they push him to open his first full season in West Virginia like they do many of their high draft picks? When will someone start calling him Burnie?
1  17 Dillard, Tim   A   MR 36 R R
  I hope Tim Dillard will force the Brewers to look at him as a starter in the bigs instead of his current pegging as a bullpen guy
1  18 Hammond, Steve   MLB   SP 37 L L
  If the Brewers really want to see if they can get some left-handed bullpen help out of the system, they may push Hammond up to AAA right away
2  19 Gwynn Jr, Tony   MLB   OF 37 L R
  Being talked about at an option for the Brewers' CF gig out of the gate next year, but I'll believe that when I see it, and if I see it I'll wonder why
 20 Rottino, Vinny   MLB   UT 39 R R
  The catching experiment may be just about done and Vinny has an uphill battle to make the big league club, but it was exciting to see him in Milwaukee at the tail end of last year
6  21 Gamel, Mat   A   1B 34 L R
  Much like Ryan Braun, the big thing holding Mat back is defense because his bat plays really well
1  22 Pascual, Rolando   A   RHP 30 R R
  The good thing about a 9.94 ERA is that things will probably only get better
1  23 Garrison, Steve   MLB   SP 33 L L
  Will no doubt be in Brevard next year, a full year before I would have expected... Not the greatest stuff, but a solid, end-of-the-rotation prospect right now
1  24 Brantley, Michael   MLB   OF 32 L L
  Slight build will be a concern going forward, but a superior approach at the plate will keep him moving up the ladder
1  25 Hinton, Robert   A   MR 35 R R
  Unheralded going into the season, Hinton has positioned himself as a bona fide pitching prospect... I'm curious to see whether the Brewers will keep Rob in the rotation next year or shift him back to the bullpen, which is his likely big league destination
9  26 Anderson, Drew   A   OF 38 L R
  Just about no shot of making the Brewers next year, but Drew has positioned himself nicely for a return trip sometime in 2007
22  27 Thatcher, Joe   A   MR 38 L L
  Joe has been superb everywhere the Brewers have sent him - could AAA be the next stop for the future LOOGY?
16  28 Bell, Michael   A   2B 34 R R
  A move to third base may be in Bell's future if he can't figure it out defensively at shortstop, but there's no doubt about the pop in his swing... Good tools all around
7  29 Moss, Steve   A   CF 35 R R
  Disappointing AFL campaign and lackluster finish to the regular season will most likely send Moss back to Huntsville
10  30 Bray, Steve   A   MR 38 R R
  Nearly 100 innings of great relief work in 2006, Steve Bray has been one of the better minor league rule 5 draft choices the Brewers have had in recent memory
8  31 Jones, Mike   A   MR 36 R R
  Healthy for the moment, and should be going back to Huntsville
3  32 Mercedes, Roque   A   SP 32 R R
  Good enough with Helena, should be on to West Virginia for his full season debut
6  33 Ford, Darren   MLB   CF 34 R R
  Even with all the speed, defense and emerging pop, I can't get too much more excited about Ford until he cuts down his strikeouts big time - He had 176 K's in 597 AB's this season between WV and Hawaii
new  34 Seidel, R.J.   A   MR 32 R R
  Could have been a top 5 round pick, and surprisingly signed with the Brewers late after slipping to the 16th round
4  35 Palmisano, Lou   A   C 37 R R
  Looks like the Brewers are going to stick Palmisano right back in AA next year, unless something happens with Closser or Rivera in AAA
6  36 Nelson, Brad   A   1B 36 L R
  Still only 24, the Brewers will keep giving Nelson chances to prove himself
9  37 Anundsen, Evan   A   SP 31 R R
  Good reports out of Arizona on Annundsen... Evan might be one of those guys the Brewers push to full-season ball in their first full year
6  38 Bouchie, Andy   A   C 34 R R
  Will be an interesting race this next year between Bouchie and Palmisano to see who the Brewers' second-best catching prospect (behind Salome) is
6  39 Errecart, Chris   A   1B 34 R L
  A few questions about Chris' defensive future and bat potential drops him a little in this Power 50, but he may well move right back up
3  40 Crew, Ryan   A   UT 36 R R
  Not the best tools in the world, but a lot of very good baseball skills and versatility... I'm looking forward to see what Ryan will do next year
3  41 Katin, Brendan   A   OF 36 R R
  Solid player, just doesn't do a whole lot that's exciting to me... I think hit bat needs a little work before he moves back up the list
new  42 Chapman, Steve   A   1B 34 L L
  Very good season repeating rookie ball in Helena, should earn a starting role with West Virginia next year
9  43 Wahpepah, Josh   A   MR 35 R R
  Took a step backwards this year after a series of increasingly bad performances
2  44 Zumwalt, Alec   A   MR 38 R R
  Got just shellacked in his AFL stint, but had a good year overall
4  45 Ramirez, Luis   A   SP 31 L L
  Wonderful start to a career for the young Venezuelan, and a guy to keep an eye on in the coming years
1  46 De La Cruz, Fredy   A   3B 34 R R
  Played a little shortstop towards the end of the season, and would obviously become even more valuable if he could play there full time
new  47 Crabbe, Callix   A   UT 36 S R
  Finished the season strong, but was it strong enough to finally vault Callix to AAA?
 48 Parillo, Brandon   A   MR 34 L L
  An astoundingly good groundball/flyball ratio again this year... Parillo needs to stay consistent when gets the chance again with West Virginia next year
1  49 Welch, David   A   SP 36 L L
  After another solid season in '06, the Aussie could really take off up the prospect charts next year
new  50 Lluberes, Rafael   A   MR 35 L L
  Fine season for wiry Dominican lefty in West Virginia

Players removed this week: Ozzie Chavez... Chris Demaria... Dave Krynzel... Jose Romero... Carlos Villanueva...
 

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