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  Power 50 Notes
last updated: 08/05/2007

The Power 50 staff decided to be more aggressive with some of the prospect placements in this month's Power 50 to mirror the amount of moves that drastically effected the list. First of all, Yovani Gallardo graduated from the Power 50 having reached 50 MLB innings, and hasn't missed a beat filling Ben Sheets spot in the starting rotation. Will Inman, who was a no-brainer to take over the top spot, was traded along with Joe Thatcher and Steve Garrison in a controversial deal to San Diego to acquire set-up man Scott Linebrink. Angel Salome, who was next in line for #1 honors, was suspended for 50 games for testing positive for using a performance enhancing drug. That isn't to say Manny Parra isn't deserving, as he has always had the combination of stuff and savvy that typically leads to success at the Major League level. However, a tender left shoulder led to a longer ascent to Milwaukee, one in which many people were ready to write him off given the Brewers difficulty keeping their top prospects healthy. Now that's he's finally with the Brew Crew he's showing fans what we have been anxiously waiting for since he joined the organization in May of 2002.    
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  Power 50
+/- Rank  Name  Level  Pos  Age 
3  01 Parra, Manny   A   MR 37 L L
  Congrats to Manny Parra, who has always had the talent to be the system's #1 prospect. He could spend the entire offseason at the top as long as the Brewers continue to take a conservative approach with his arm.
4  02 Jeffress, Jeremy   A   MR 32 R R
  A high BB rate isn't uncommon for such a young flamethrower, as Sally League hitters continue to have a hard time catching up with his stuff.
2  03 LaPorta, Matt   MLB   OF 34 R R
  The big fella made his presence known during his pro debut, hitting a home run in his first AB. The recently sagging Power offense certainly could use his bat in the lineup.
1  04 Salome, Angel   A   OF 33 R R
  Losing 50 games because of anything is never a good thing.
5  05 Gamel, Mat   A   1B 34 L R
  Coming off of his sensational month of June, Gamel continues to swing a productive bat, while leap-frogging several of his 'Tees teammates.
6  06 Ford, Darren   MLB   CF 34 R R
  The fastest player in the minor leagues, he needs to figure out a way to get his K numbers (98) closer to his stolen base total (59) to put his wheels to better use.
1  07 Gillespie, Cole   MLB   LF 35 R R
  Gillespie hit .342 in July while drastically reducing his K rate as the season has progressed, reminding us just how good he was a year ago.
1  08 Cain, Lorenzo   MLB   CF 33 R R
  The fifth Manatee listed in a row, Cain has followed up his exciting month of May with 2 rather ho-hum months.
 09 Brewer, Brent   A   SS 31 R R
  Got off to a hot start in August with 3 home runs in 4 games, but he really needs to find a way to cut down on the K's.
9  10 Brantley, Michael   MLB   OF 32 L L
  More than holding his own at AA by hitting .351/.473/.405 in July. He, like Gwynn Jr., will never hit for much power.
2  11 Escobar, Alcides   MLB   SS 33 R R
  Escobar took a while to adjust to Brevard County, so we'll give the youngster some added patience as he adjusts to the Southern League.
12  12 Lucroy, Jonathan   MLB   C 33 R R
  The 10th bat listed in a row, Lucroy is receiving high marks for all aspects of his game in the Pioneer League.
4  13 Rogers, Mark   A   SP 33 R R
  The organization's 3rd best pitching prospect still won't see action until instrux.
6  14 Palmisano, Lou   A   C 37 R R
  Here's to Cap'n Lou finishing the season strong after he hit .145 in July, despite hitting 4 home runs on the month.
 15 Iribarren, Hernan   MLB   2B 35 L R
  Similar to last year, no farmhand has been hotter during the second half, although someone needs to tell Hurricane that he's no tropical storm on the basepaths.
7  16 Errecart, Chris   A   1B 34 R L
  April & June, good. May & July, not so good. If he stays consistently inconsistent, August should be good too.
5  17 Braddock, Zach   A   MR 32 L L
  We like Braddock so much that he didn't even have to throw a single pitch since June 15 to shoot up 5 spots.
3  18 Fermaint, Charlie   A   CF 34 R R
  What happened to Chuck? His potential keeps him ranked as high as he is...for now.
8  19 Chapman, Steve   A   1B 34 L L
  With 8 more bombs in July, Chapman has firmly placed himself on the prospect map with impressive back-to-back seasons.
9  20 Green, Taylor   A   IF 33 L R
  One of the most pleasant surprises of the year, a quick bat and solid approach has led to a very fine season.
5  21 Hinton, Robert   A   MR 35 R R
  Hopefully Hinton's brief demotion to BC gets him back on track at Huntsville.
4  22 Jackson, Zach   MLB   MR 36 L L
  Jackson's season has been like a Dr. Seuss book: Good start, bad start, bad start, good start.
11  23 Gindl, Caleb   A   OF 31 L L
  Introducing the latest prospect the nation can't get enough of. Lou, Hernan, Angel and Cole, you have company.
2  24 Hammond, Steve   MLB   SP 37 L L
  After a rough start, I think most people have missed that Hammond has been pitching very well the past 2 months.
11  25 Crabbe, Callix   A   UT 36 S R
  A very good season has reminded us that Crabbe is a nice little prospect that could have a taste of the big leagues.
9  26 Anundsen, Evan   A   SP 31 R R
  He doesn't miss many bats, but few hit the ball hard off of him as he pitches to contact.
5  27 Katin, Brendan   A   OF 36 R R
  Few in the system have Katin's raw power potential, as he has slugged quite well in two pitching-favored leagues the past 2 years.
14  28 Dillard, Tim   A   MR 36 R R
  Dillard has been knocked around quite a bit in the PCL, particularly since being moved to the bullpen.
2  29 Seidel, R.J.   A   MR 32 R R
  Shut down as a precautionary measure for most of July, Seidel is back with the H-Crew as the Brewers will bring him along slowly.
9  30 Perez, Yohannis   A   SS 37 R R
  Perez picked up where Escobar left off, and vice-versa.
1  31 McClendon, Mike   A   MR 34 R R
  Profiles in a very similar fashion to Dillard, hopefully with more success at the AAA level when he gets there.
4  32 Sarfate, Dennis   MLB   MR 38 R R
  The stuff is still there, but patience for his command to ever come around is not.
new  33 Miller, Derek   A   SP 38 L L
  Miller has won his last 4 starts, and with solid stuff and overall numbers, the only thing that sticks out is the number of dingers he's allowed in 2 pitcher's leagues.
1  34 Periard, Alex   A   SP 32 L R
  The Brewers patience with the young Periard has really paid off this year; his sinking and sliding stuff should induce more swings and misses as he continues to progress.
7  35 Bryson, Rob   MLB   SP 32 R R
  Knocked around a little in his first pro start after putting up Nintendo numbers as a reliever.
new  36 Heether, Adam   MLB   IF 37 R R
  Has done a sensational job this year retaining his status as a legitimate pro prospect.
10  37 Cody, Chris   A   SP 35 L L
  A stiff elbow has kept Cody from pitching much recently, who only recorded one out in his most recent appearance.
1  38 Sollmann, Steve   A   UT 37 R R
  "Got what I got, the hard way and I'll make better, each and every day..." Steve's got the first part down, unfortunately his production has been sliding all year.
2  39 Nelson, Brad   A   1B 36 L R
  I know many faithful are hoping the Brewers find a way to keep Nelson around after this year.
new  40 Lefave, Andrew   MLB   1B 35 L L
  Not much more of an organizational solider based on tools, but you can't ignore the impressive numbers he's put up this year.
new  41 Bell, Michael   A   2B 34 R R
  The Brewers have a second baseman putting up impressive numbers at every level, and Bell is providing thump at a level that surpresses it.
4  42 Haydel, Lee   A   OF 32 L R
  Hit .306 in July after a really slow start. Every part of his game needs work, but he's an exciting prospect to keep an eye on.
3  43 Pascual, Rolando   A   RHP 30 R R
  The Brewers have kept Pascual from pitching so far this year as a precautionary measure as they protect their investment; look for him to return to pitching in Arizona before the end of the year.
5  44 Welch, David   A   SP 36 L L
  Welch may not have great stuff, but he's been about as dependable as they come during his pro career so far.
7  45 Bray, Steve   A   MR 38 R R
  A rock in the Nashville bullpen, Bray may not be much of a prospect, but at some point you would think that he at least deserves a chance.
2  46 Shanks, E.J.   A   MR 37 R R
  From WV to BC to Huntsville...Shanks' submarine sinker sure is special.
3  47 Salas, Marino   MLB   CL 38 R R
  His 17 saves in 37 games at AA prompted a bump to Nashville, giving the Crew another bullpen option that's just a phone call away.
new  48 Arias, Hitaniel   A   MR 29 R R
  We won't be able to follow the newest member of the P50 until next year, but we're hoping the Brewers dropped nearly a half million for a good reason.
5  49 Moss, Steve   A   CF 35 R R
  Moss has been steadily sliding down the P50 since peaking at the 16th spot in June of 2003, and is now in danger of falling off altogether. Don't do it Steve.
new  50 Robinson, Chad   A   MR 32 R R
  Similar to H-Crew pitching mate R.J. Seidel, the Brewers are taking it nice and easy with Robinson.

Players removed this week: Andy Bouchie... Yovani Gallardo... Steve Garrison... Will Inman... Luis Ramirez... Joe Thatcher...

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