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last updated: 10/07/2007

Hey, this is Brad up to bat with the comments this month: The Final Power 50 of the 2007 season comes late due to an exciting and depressing playoff run by the big club. 2007 was a very odd year. The Brewers added an excellent prospect in Matt Laporta, but subtracted Inman, Garrison, Sarfate, and others. You can add Jeremy Jeffress to the list with Angel Salome of players who will be suspended to begin 2008. Even with those events, there were some fantastic moments in the final month and a half of the season. The Brewers had 5 minor league teams in their respective playoffs, a feat no one could have predicted at the beginning of the year. The efforts of recent Power 50 graduates Ryan Braun and Yovani Gallardo went a long way to help the Brewers reach their best record in 15 years. With that said, the Power 50 is loaded with talent in the lower levels of the system. This could be viewed in a negative light if you ignore the fact that many would be prospects reached the acme of baseball this year. If everything goes well next year, the Brewers will have a ton of talent in AA and the A balls. So, even if the list looks a little different at this point, remember that it is from inexperience, not weakness.    
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  Power 50
+/- Rank  Name  Level  Pos  Age 
 01 Parra, Manny   A   MR 36 L L
  Manny gets to ride out the winter as #1 because he didn't quite get enough innings to graduate
1  02 LaPorta, Matt   MLB   OF 34 R R
  Matt slugged .750 in West Virginia---a number even Ryan Braun would blush at
1  03 Jeffress, Jeremy   A   MR 32 R R
  On the bright side, Jeremy's suspension should help keep him in the 120-140 innings range next year
1  04 Gamel, Mat   A   1B 34 L R
  After only jacking 9 in BC, Mat's got 3 bombs already in Hawaii
1  05 Salome, Angel   A   OF 33 R R
  Suspicions have swirled about the suspension, but make no mistake, Salome is still a legitimate prospect
 06 Ford, Darren   MLB   CF 34 R R
  Darren's production fell off a clifff in July, then another one in August---perhaps Ford was just exhausted from playing without a break from April 2006-September 2007
 07 Gillespie, Cole   MLB   LF 35 R R
  In July and August, Cole hit: .332/.426/.491 in 175 AB---For the FSL, those stats are phenomenal.
3  08 Escobar, Alcides   MLB   SS 32 R R
  Alcides may have only walked 18 times in 494 ab's this year, but he managed to hit a combined .306 in two very tough leagues
1  09 Brantley, Michael   MLB   OF 32 L L
  A .217 BA in August hurt Brantley's total, but for a 20 year old in AA, Michael held his own
1  10 Brewer, Brent   A   SS 31 R R
  Brent Struggled down the stretch, but exceeded expectations on the year. Like it or not, he's still a SS.
3  11 Cain, Lorenzo   MLB   CF 33 R R
  Lorenzo is an exciting prospect because of his intensity---even though he didn't light up the FSL, he did enough to move up the chain in 2008.
8  12 Green, Taylor   A   IF 32 L R
  Brewers Minor League Player of the Year could be the Brewers top 3b prospect in 2008---if Gamel gets moved
1  13 Lucroy, Jonathan   MLB   C 33 R R
  A fantastic Rookie ball season blossomed into a Hawaii league invite for Jonathan
9  14 Gindl, Caleb   A   OF 31 L L
  Caleb's a very unique player, so it might be a little premature (and unfair) to shackle him with comparisons to Brian Giles
 15 Iribarren, Hernan   MLB   2B 35 L R
  Hernan had an OPS over 1.000 in August, which is awesome, but he had a 18/16 sb/cs rate this year, which is not awesome.
3  16 Chapman, Steve   A   1B 34 L L
  Steve's an all or nothing kind of guy, but when he's on, he's got major league power. He was a late addition to the Hawaii league after Errecart's injury.
3  17 Palmisano, Lou   A   C 37 R R
  After a great start, Lou melted in July and August. At age 25, Lou's running out off time.
1  18 Braddock, Zach   A   MR 32 L L
  No news tends to not be good news, but Zach was so good before his injury that we can't gve up on him
2  19 Hinton, Robert   A   MR 35 R R
  After a very frustrating season, Robert finally put it together and had a very good August.
7  20 Rogers, Mark   A   SP 33 R R
  Potential trumps production in the minors---repeat this three times, then pray for Mark's arm.
5  21 Errecart, Chris   A   1B 34 R L
  Chris broke his wrist in Hawaii, a scary injury considering how long it took Rickie Weeks to come back
3  22 Crabbe, Callix   A   UT 36 S R
  Callix was even better in the second half than the first. It's possible that he could be on the big club bench next year, but it's also possible he's traded this offseason.
1  23 Jackson, Zach   MLB   MR 36 L L
  The big lefty will get many more chances to succeed in the bigs.
3  24 Katin, Brendan   A   OF 36 R R
  Katin sandwiched a crudddy June and July with fantastic May and Augusts.
4  25 Seidel, R.J.   A   MR 32 R R
  A fantastic August from Seidel puts him back on the radar. Hopefully R.J. will start for the Power in 2008.
7  26 Miller, Derek   A   SP 37 L L
  Potential trumps production in the minors. But production can lead to a major league career.
3  27 Perez, Yohannis   A   SS 37 R R
  Yohannis' numbers in the FSL were fine, except that he's 25. He simply has to succeed at AA in 2008.
2  28 Anundsen, Evan   A   SP 31 R R
  A frustrating year, but not a failure---Evan looks to improve in 2008.
11  29 Fermaint, Charlie   A   CF 34 R R
  A disheartening season. But don't forget he had a .741 OPS in Brevard County in 2006. He's still got the ability...
6  30 Hammond, Steve   MLB   SP 37 L L
  Steve had a couple of pretty good months in the middle of the summer, but otherwise he's got some work to do in 2008.
5  31 Heether, Adam   MLB   IF 37 R R
  Adam had a brilliant season, and since he can actually play 3b well, he should have a future with some MLB team.
4  32 Dillard, Tim   A   MR 36 R R
  Tim was hammered in 2007, but he's still got the stuff to be a MLB reliever.
1  33 Periard, Alex   A   SP 32 L R
  Alex was consistant all year, and even though he doesn't k many guys, he doesn't walk many either.
3  34 McClendon, Mike   A   MR 34 R R
  Mike's another production guy, but with the right comibination, he could make it all the way.
 35 Bryson, Rob   MLB   SP 31 R R
  A sick number of strikeouts from a 19 year old.
1  36 Cody, Chris   A   SP 35 L L
  Cody will likely repeat A+ in 2007, but could rise quickly with success.
4  37 Bell, Michael   A   2B 34 R R
  Bell's got legit power, and that can carry from the middle infield---even though he's got some weaknesses.
4  38 Haydel, Lee   A   OF 32 L R
  5 triples in 254 ab's demonstrates Haydel's ridiculous speed. He should excel in 2008.
1  39 Sollmann, Steve   A   UT 37 R R
  After most of a fantastic 2007, Steve forgot how to get on base in August, which hurt his full year stats.
4  40 Welch, David   A   SP 36 L L
  Welch definitely benifitted from the cavernous Space Coast Stadium, but he's pretty good in his own right.
4  41 Bray, Steve   A   MR 38 R R
  Steve had a great year and should get a look in 2008, but this will be his last Power 50 since he'll be 27 in a couple months.
new  42 Aguilar, Omar   MLB   CL 34 L R
  Potential trumps production---broken record, I know---but 100 mph fastballs trump everything. A couple of those in spring training and Omar's the new Capellan.
new  43 Farris, Eric   A   2B 33 R R
  Eric doesn't seem to be one who will turn into a superstar, but he's got the potential to play in the bigs, as demonstrated by his 4th round selection.
new  44 Mercedes, Roque   A   SP 32 R R
  Perhaps the most frustrating player in the top 50. Roque finally showed some of his potential in Helena late in 2007.
new  45 Tyson, Nick   A   MR 31 R R
  Groundball pitchers who strike people out move quickly. Nick's got a ton of potential...
new  46 Wheeler, Zelous   MLB   IF 32 R R
  You should always take Pioneer League stats with a grain of salt. Nonetheless, Zelous dominated in Helena.
new  47 Wright, Brae   A   SP 35 L L
  Brae had a rough time in WV, but he was great in BC. Hopefully this is a sign of good things to come, and not just a demonstration of the park affects in Brevard.
5  48 Pascual, Rolando   A   RHP 30 R R
  Rolando won't be 19 until next February, so don't give up hope on the giant righty anytime soon.
1  49 Arias, Hitaniel   A   MR 29 R R
  Supposedly similar to Jermaine Dye. Hopefully this high profile signing works out better than the Christian Guerrero's of the past.
 50 Robinson, Chad   A   MR 31 R R
  Chad got lit up in limited innings this year, but the Brewers invested heavily in this DFE signing, so he'll get a couple miles of rope before they cut him loose.

Players removed this week: Andrew Lefave... Steve Moss... Brad Nelson... Marino Salas... Dennis Sarfate... E.J. Shanks...
 

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