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last updated: 07/31/2008

Welcome to the August edition of the Power 50 turned in mere seconds before the buzzer sounds by yours truly, Brad Jiles. Hey, it was a hard month for us to tabulate the rankings with the Brewers trading prospects out from under us all month. Adding to the confusion of who Cleveland will take as the PTBNL has been Brett Lawrie's desire to achieve Olympic Glory. He's only got a couple of weeks to sign now, and he likely will the second he's done in Beijing. We've got some huge jumps by Efrain Nieves, Cody Scarpetta, and Shawn Zarraga and some precipitous falls by Stephen Chapman and Robert Hinton. There's a bunch of good lefties in AA and a chance we'll see Lou Palmisano back before the end of the season. Brad Nelson continues to rake in Nashville and Mike Jones had a couple decent starts in July (I personally can't believe he's two years younger than Derek Miller). Finally, we've got Eric Fryer, so everyone should be perfectly content.    
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  Power 50
+/- Rank  Name  Level  Pos  Age 
 01 Gamel, Mat   A   1B 34 L R
  Even without Matt LaPorta around, Mat
2  02 Jeffress, Jeremy   A   MR 32 R R
 03 Escobar, Alcides   MLB   SS 32 R R
  The batting average keeps going up and up. The cool thing about Alcides is that he
1  04 Salome, Angel   A   OF 33 R R
3  05 Lucroy, Jonathan   MLB   C 33 R R
  Of course, the third best stick in the system belongs to another catcher. It seems crazy, but if Lucroy manages to keep this up for another 100 AB
 06 Green, Taylor   A   IF 32 L R
  Much like Lucroy, Taylor
4  07 Gillespie, Cole   MLB   LF 35 R R
2  08 Brantley, Michael   MLB   OF 32 L L
4  09 Cain, Lorenzo   MLB   CF 33 R R
1  10 Odorizzi, Jake   MLB   SP 29 R R
  March 27th, 1990. For some reason that doesn
4  11 Braddock, Zach   A   MR 32 L L
4  12 Gindl, Caleb   A   OF 31 L L
4  13 Periard, Alex   A   SP 32 L R
  Even though he
5  14 Nelson, Brad   A   1B 36 L R
  Not much can be said about Brad that hasn
5  15 Dillard, Tim   A   MR 36 R R
new  16 Lintz, Seth   A   SP 29 R R
  Like Odorizzi, Seth is riding his high draft position and potential. Also like Odorizzi, Seth was born in 1990 and is doing well in AZ.
4  17 Anundsen, Evan   A   SP 31 R R
6  18 Pena, Luis   A   CL 36 R R
1  19 Iribarren, Hernan   MLB   2B 35 L R
  What was lost in the reaction to the acquisition of Ray Durham was that he wouldn
2  20 Errecart, Chris   A   1B 34 R L
  Thought to be out for perhaps the rest of the season, Chris returned to action in Huntsville last week. It
6  21 Brewer, Brent   A   SS 31 R R
  After a terrible June, Brent has his OPS over .700 for the month of July. From a hitting perspective, Brent
8  22 Frederickson, Evan   A   MR 33 L L
  Nuke Laloosh, Nick Neugebauer, and Evan Frederickson. Like Brent Brewer, if everything works out, we
2  23 Aguilar, Omar   MLB   CL 34 L R
  In 25 innings in BC, Omar had a .35 ERA and 25 K
new  24 Nieves, Efrain   A   SP 29 L L
2  25 Adams, Cody   A   SP 32 R R
  Cody hasn
3  26 Hand, Donovan   A   MR 33 R R
4  27 Bell, Michael   A   2B 34 R R
21  28 Komatsu, Erik   A   OF 32 L L
6  29 Haydel, Lee   A   OF 32 L R
2  30 Rivas, Amaury   A   SP 33 R R
  Amaury has seemingly come out of nowhere to have a very good season. He
3  31 Seidel, R.J.   A   MR 32 R R
  Pitching is such a tricky thing to quantify in the low minors because we rarely get the whole picture. R.J. remains a very good prospect because of his size and projectability even though his stats suggest he
1  32 Miller, Derek   A   SP 37 L L
6  33 Wright, Brae   A   SP 35 L L
  Brae perfectly exemplifies why pitching stats in the low minors don
4  34 Welch, David   A   SP 36 L L
  Like Brae, David Welch has been great in Huntsville. It
new  35 Scarpetta, Cody   A   SP 31 R R
new  36 Zarraga, Shawn   MLB   C 30 S R
 37 Katin, Brendan   A   OF 36 R R
new  38 Schafer, Logan   A   OF 33 L L
  Schafer has quickly proven his promotion to WV was justified by hitting .338 with an .852 OPS. He stands out as the best performing high draft pick from the 2008 draft so far.
9  39 Dykstra, Cutter   MLB   3B 30 R R
new  40 Fryer, Eric   MLB   C 34 R R
  Fryer is this year
7  41 Cody, Chris   A   SP 35 L L
  The Commander has killed everything this year and should definitely get a shot in AA ASAP.
new  42 Farris, Eric   A   2B 33 R R
  In a lot of ways, Eric Farris is like Callix Crabbe. He
2  43 Ramlow, Mike   A   MR 33 L L
8  44 Butler, Josh   A   SP 34 R R
  This guy was hyped up too much at the time of the deal because of his ranking in Baseball America. His production so far does prove that you can get ripped off for players like Gabe Gross, however.
5  45 Wilson, Steffan   A   IF 33 R R
  Steffan only hit 1 homer in July, so he
new  46 Bramhall, Bobby   A   MR 34 L L
  Drafting a lefty from Rice with the production Bramhall has carried so far should be viewed as an absolute steal. Bramhall should be moved up to a greater challenge.
7  47 Chapman, Steve   A   1B 34 L L
  Chappy has fallen as far as you can fall. At this point, he needs to have a really good August to convince the Brewers to promote him in 2009. This must really suck for Stephen, who is surely looking forward to playing anywhere other than Space Coast Stadium.
new  48 Kjeldgaard, Brock   A   OF 33 R R
new  49 Wooten, Rob   A   MR 34 R R
  One of the top set up men in college baseball, Wooten could turn out to be a great pick. I can
6  50 Hinton, Robert   A   MR 35 R R

Players removed this week: Rob Bryson... Chris Dennis... Darren Ford... Steve Hammond... Matt LaPorta... Maverick Lasker... Lou Palmisano... Josh Romanski... Patrick Ryan... Zelous Wheeler...

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