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  Power 50 Notes
last updated: 07/08/2007

Ryan Braun hasn't just graduated from the Power 50, he blew the roof off of it by smoking major league pitchers at a superhuman rate in his first 150 major league at-bats. Yovani Gallardo reclaims the top spot he held for all of the second half of 2006. We also wave goodbye to Racine's Vinny Rottino, who turned 27 and is thus over the P50's age limit. But the list is rejuvenated with three of the Brewers' top 2007 draft picks, one of which has yet to even debut on the field. So read on to learn which first name appears more than any other on our list, who is ranked higher, R.J. or E.J., and why Caleb is simply a cool first name.    
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  Power 50
+/- Rank  Name  Level  Pos  Age 
1  01 Gallardo, Yovani   A   SP 33 R R
  Yovani has too much poise to allow this Brewerfan honor to throw him off his game.
1  02 Inman, Will   MLB   SP 32 R R
  20-year-old Will has a 25-to-8 K/BB ratio in his five AA starts, so his acclimation to Southern League hitters hasn't been as ugly as his 8.06 ERA suggests
1  03 Salome, Angel   A   OF 33 R R
  Only 29 K's in 222 AB's, but only 12 walks as well -- Angel has also added a few catcher's interference calls to his still evolving defensive skills.
2  04 Parra, Manny   A   MR 37 L L
  Let's see -- promotion to AAA, perfect game, national recognition, and awards from the league and parent club. Yeah, we'd say Manny had an OK month.
new  05 LaPorta, Matt   MLB   OF 34 R R
  Should be mashing for a couple of games in Maryvale soon before heading to Charleston, where he hopes to remind fans of Ryan Braun's incredible stint there.
2  06 Jeffress, Jeremy   A   MR 32 R R
  Showing mound moxie few expected to see for at least another season or two, Jeremy has allowed more than three runs in just one of his eight West Virginia starts -- sweet!
 07 Cain, Lorenzo   MLB   CF 33 R R
  Lorenzo needs to hit the weight room hard this offseason -- slugging .330 isn't going to cut it, no matter how heavy the Florida State League air is.
3  08 Gillespie, Cole   MLB   LF 35 R R
  Until the batting average comes up, Gillespie will be perceived by most as having an underwhelming season -- but a review of his other numbers reveals Cole's been pretty darn solid.
 09 Brewer, Brent   A   SS 31 R R
  The uber-athletic Brent has quietly racked up 31 steals in 38 attempts. It'll be interesting to see if he repeats low-A for the first half of 2008, a la Darren Ford this year.
8  10 Gamel, Mat   A   1B 34 L R
  Let's not forget Gamel was a 4th round pick on the strength of his bat, and a mighty club it is. Thanks for the thrill of a 33-game hitting streak, Mat.
1  11 Thatcher, Joe   A   MR 38 L L
  Thatcher has a ridiculous 47-to-8 K/BB ratio in just 33 1/3 IP this season while holding opponents to a .203 average; here's hoping the Brewers don't overpay for a veteran lefty in trade before giving Joe an earned opportunity.
 12 Ford, Darren   MLB   CF 34 R R
  Ford just continues to shine even in ways that you wouldn't think -- his RBI total (48) isn't just carryover from West Virginia mashing, as his RBI rate has actually improved since joining the Manatees.
1  13 Escobar, Alcides   MLB   SS 32 R R
  Seems like he's been around forever, but Alcides gets to AA at age 20.
3  14 Dillard, Tim   A   MR 36 R R
  Move to the bullpen removes some of the shine off Tim's lustre, but none of his peripheral pitching numbers were screaming future success as a starter.
4  15 Iribarren, Hernan   MLB   2B 35 L R
  When was the last time Iribarren did anything to have us refer to him as "the Hurricane" again? He's aimlessly spinning in the middle of prospectdom.
3  16 Hinton, Robert   A   MR 35 R R
  An almost inexplicable collapse at AA for a youngster who has been so polished throughout his Brewer career. Needs to really straighten things out back at Brevard.
3  17 Rogers, Mark   A   SP 33 R R
  Part of Mark's unexplained ascension in the rankings is due to the fact that much of this second tier of the Power 50 is kind of just existing and not excelling right now. That, and Jeremy Jeffress reminds us of what potential a power arm can hold.
1  18 Jackson, Zach   MLB   MR 36 L L
  Jackson allows oppenents to hit .340 when there are men on base, which unfortunately is too often.
5  19 Brantley, Michael   MLB   OF 32 L L
  Continuing to exhibit fantastic plate discipline against very advanced pitchers at AA; fans should know he'll struggle in certain areas for quite a while, though, he's just so young.
1  20 Palmisano, Lou   A   C 37 R R
  The OPS is coming down with each month, but it's still been a very fruitful season for Sweet (his choice) Captain (our choice) Lou.
5  21 Fermaint, Charlie   A   CF 34 R R
  In his first 100+ AB's back at West Virginia, he's hitting at almost the exact statistical rates he did in a full season last year at Brevard. So still consider us mystified about Charlie's first two months in '07.
 22 Braddock, Zach   A   MR 32 L L
  Reports have Zach back some time in August. Still, we can't get that incredible early-season power lefty strikeout domination out of our minds.
2  23 Errecart, Chris   A   1B 34 R L
  His June numbers nearly matched his awesome April, but without as much fanfare. Must have been the remnants of that May in folks' memory banks.
new  24 Lucroy, Jonathan   MLB   C 33 R R
  Every Brewer front office interviewee we've heard related to draft discussions absolutely gushes about this guy, and he's justifying the hype right now.
3  25 Garrison, Steve   MLB   SP 33 L L
  We begin the "Steve" portion of our list here, six of them dot the second half of the P50; the youngest is plugging along just fine in the Manatee rotation, thank you.
 26 Hammond, Steve   MLB   SP 37 L L
  A lefty with the capacity to start will always be given every chance to do so, and southpaws who don't dominate LH hitting and don't strike out a lot of men out of the bullpen become fairly insignificant -- not the best of circumstances for Mr. Hammond at the moment.
 27 Chapman, Steve   A   1B 34 L L
  Chapman seems to battle with his approach from time-to-time, but his .485 SLG complements his other numbers nicely.
5  28 Sarfate, Dennis   MLB   MR 38 R R
  Dennis is finally out of options in the spring, so like Ben Hendrickson, he'll net the Brewers a Maxim St. Pierre-type next March.
12  29 Green, Taylor   A   IF 33 L R
  Green's production (still at an impressive .891 OPS) came so out of nowhere, this is probably the one ranking that could as quickly come back to bite us, but let's enjoy what will hopefully be a good, long ride.
1  30 McClendon, Mike   A   MR 34 R R
  Allowing more baserunners at Brevard than his remarkable West Virginia numbers, yet enjoys a lower ERA in Florida. No pitcher in the system this year has been as consistently plain ol' good start after start after start after start.
 31 Seidel, R.J.   A   MR 32 R R
  Two incredible starts sandwiched within two very non-incredible starts to open his pro career.
1  32 Katin, Brendan   A   OF 36 R R
  Strikeouts or not, 15 HR's at the break in your first Southern League go-round is pretty impressive.
1  33 Periard, Alex   A   SP 32 L R
  The Brewers seem to be taking it easy with Alex, who can't seem to stretch deep into games despite very low strikeout and walk totals.
new  34 Gindl, Caleb   A   OF 31 L L
  Hey, back when I was 18, I too had a LH swing that carried me to a 1.296 OPS in my first 54 Pioneer League at-bats. But I did it blindfolded -- yeah, that's the ticket, blindfolded.
3  35 Anundsen, Evan   A   SP 31 R R
  Early ground ball numbers on Anundsen this year are excellent while still maintaining a good strikeout ratio -- but it's early, so let's revisit this next month.
new  36 Crabbe, Callix   A   UT 36 S R
  Callix had been a Power 50 mainstay since his debut in 2002 until this offseason -- he's certainly earned his return with a magical AAA season at the still young age of 24. We'll gladly welcome him back.
3  37 Sollmann, Steve   A   UT 37 R R
  There's death, taxes, and Steve Sollmann getting on base twice each night.
 38 Bray, Steve   A   MR 38 R R
  Honored for his efforts with a PCL All-Star spot, not easy without gaudy save or strikeout numbers.
9  39 Perez, Yohannis   A   SS 37 R R
  I suppose we should be pleased with better numbers in Brevard, but the whole Yohannis fan experience seems a bit passe right now.
5  40 Pascual, Rolando   A   RHP 30 R R
  No official word from the Brewers on what Mr. $710,000 Signing Bonus is up to right now, but we can only assume he's dinged up somehow, hopefully not seriously. Still just 18, and likely now taller than his listed 6'6".
2  41 Nelson, Brad   A   1B 36 L R
  Brad will be free to test the waters elsewhere in 2008. When you take that into account, his Power 50 "value" is even less that what's indicated by this ranking.
8  42 Bryson, Rob   MLB   SP 32 R R
  Welcome to pro ball, Mr. Bryson -- the draft-and-follow has walked one and struck out 18 in his first 11.2 IP, allowing one earned run.
6  43 Ramirez, Luis   A   SP 31 L L
  Luis returns to the West Virginia staff this week after what was described as a three-week "rest" of his elbow.
8  44 Moss, Steve   A   CF 35 R R
  Moss hit .204 in June, and his blazing April seems long forgotten.
1  45 Bouchie, Andy   A   C 34 R R
  Bouchie's been fine, but he's likely keeping an eye on Mr. Lucroy in Helena. Actually, that's an unfair statement, all Andy can do is take care of himself and improve his own game.
1  46 Haydel, Lee   A   OF 32 L R
  It took a week or two, but suddenly the mountain air is very agreeable with the speedy one.
new  47 Cody, Chris   A   SP 35 L L
  Newcomer from the Tigers' chain could be Chris Capuano down the road. Well, hopefully the good Capuano, not the one we've seen since May.
new  48 Shanks, E.J.   A   MR 37 R R
  Since moving to Brevard, Shanks' amazing ground ball rate has actually been even better -- 8.67 ground ball outs for every one in the air (not a typo). Who cares if he's 25, there's no timetable for closers who have completed a makeover to submarine domination.
3  49 Welch, David   A   SP 36 L L
  The left-handed partner to Mike McClendon's consistency with the Manatees. Simply steady.
3  50 Salas, Marino   MLB   CL 38 R R
  A .169 BAA in closing situations at AA -- this is his 7th year in pro ball, so the Brewers will have to re-add him to the 40-man next spring unless they can entice him to sign a minor league deal.

Players removed this week: Drew Anderson... Michael Bell... Ryan Braun... Chad Robinson... Vinny Rottino... Josh Wahpepah...

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