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  Power 50 Notes
last updated: 10/25/2008

Welcome to the season ending edition of the Power 50. Patrick here chiming in to close out the season. The biggest thing that has changed this month is the removal of Michael Brantley, who was named as the player to be named later in the Sabathia trade with the Indians since the last update. While the minor league season has been over for nearly two months, several prominent farmhands are currently playing in the Arizona Fall League, the Hawaii Winter Baseball League and among the Caribbean Leagues.    
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  Power 50
+/- Rank  Name  Level  Pos  Age 
 01 Gamel, Mat   A   1B 34 L R
  Melvin recently teased us with the possibility that Gamel's lefty bat may grace the opening day lineup next April, but he and his glove need more AAA seasoning.
 02 Escobar, Alcides   MLB   SS 33 R R
  While Gamel needs to brush up his D', Escobar needs to polish his approach at the plate - hopefully they're both doing so in Nashville to open '09.
 03 Jeffress, Jeremy   A   MR 32 R R
  Jeffress was pitching in the AFL to gain more experience after starting the season late due to suspension - unfortunately he was pulled from him most recent start due to shoulder soreness.
 04 Salome, Angel   A   OF 33 R R
  Every part of his game is unorthodox, but he keeps putting up big numbers at the plate. He's yet another reason to keep an eye on the Nashville club, and will be a phone call away from Milwaukee.
2  05 Green, Taylor   A   IF 33 L R
  Green's hot hitting in the AFL was interrupted when his nose was broken when he was hit in the face by a pitch. The fall/winter leagues have not been kind to the Brewers so far.
 06 Lawrie, Brett   A   2B 29 R R
  The Brewers home opener is April 10th, the day after the T-Rats open their season against Quad Cities at Fox Cities Stadium (hint hint).
2  07 Lucroy, Jonathan   MLB   C 33 R R
  Sorry Jonathan, the "what have you done for me lately" clause caused you to be flip-flopped with Taylor Green this time around. At least you don't have a broken nose.
1  08 Cain, Lorenzo   MLB   CF 33 R R
  I don't think most people realize how nice of a professional career Cain is having so far. He's toolsy and he can hit, and he's poised for a big year at AA.
1  09 Gillespie, Cole   MLB   LF 35 R R
  Gillespie may be the most polished all-around hitter in the Brewers system. Unfortunately he bats right-handed, just like Ryan Braun and Corey Hart do, meaning getting his chance may be difficult.
2  10 Gindl, Caleb   A   OF 31 L L
  Don't let his size fool you: Gindl finished the year hitting .307/.388/.474 while being named one of the top prospects in the Sally League. He's heating up after a slow start in the HWB.
 11 Odorizzi, Jake   MLB   SP 29 R R
  If Odorizzi follows the career path of some of the more promising Brewers arms in recent years, he likely will spend all of '09 with the T-Rats.
2  12 Periard, Alex   A   SP 32 L R
  After having a good, not great, season between two levels during the summer of '08, Periard is currently enjoying success pitching out of the bullpen against some of the better minor league bats in the AFL.
 13 Braddock, Zach   A   MR 32 L L
  Health is the key for all prospects, but especially for Braddock, whose upside is nearly unrivaled among Brewers farmhands. Here's to a happy and healthy 2009!
1  14 Brewer, Brent   A   SS 32 R R
  The same goes for Brewer when it comes to upside. Health isn't an issue, hitting for contact and his glove are. Silver lining: He did whiff less frequently in '08, going from a K once every 3 ABs to once every 4.
4  15 Aguilar, Omar   MLB   CL 34 L R
  No prospect soared up the P50 as much as Aguilar did, with a rock-solid year that led to him being considered for organizational pitcher of the year honors as a short reliever.
1  16 Nelson, Brad   A   1B 37 L R
  Congratulations Brad Nelson, who started the '08 season #45 on this list and ended his year on the Brewers bench during the postseason. He offers something few internal candidates fighting for a big-league job do: A lefty-bat.
1  17 Dillard, Tim   A   MR 36 R R
  Dillard has been a projected reliever for years, however it seemed to take more than a year for it to click since the permanent conversion with the young sinkerballer, who now has a chance to win a big-league job out of spring training.
 18 Anundsen, Evan   A   SP 31 R R
  The Brewers have been patient with their 4th rounder from '06, but after 145 innings and his second consecutive successful season, he may be up for two stops in '09 following in the footsteps of Alexandre Periard.
1  19 Scarpetta, Cody   A   SP 31 R R
  Scarpetta arguably had the best season of any Brewers projected starter in the minors. With only 36 innings, he recently replaced Ramlow in the HWB to gain more experience.
4  20 Dykstra, Cutter   MLB   3B 30 R R
  It's time to work the phones to see if Cutter got some time at 2b in instrux as previously reported. Lil' Nails had a fine debut and should spend all of next year close to Brewers-land with the T-Rats.
1  21 Pena, Luis   A   CL 36 R R
  Stating the obvious: Pena's power arm is still one of the best in the organization, but he really needs to start throwing more strikes. It's amazing how long this young man, who turns 26 in January, has been in the system.
1  22 Nieves, Efrain   A   SP 30 L L
  I think Nieves is on a lot of people's lists as a player poised to enjoy a breakout year in '09. He'll be doing so every 5 days in front of the T-Rats crowd in Appleton.
 23 Komatsu, Erik   A   OF 32 L L
  Our enthusiasm has been tempered by watching big debuts at Helena from college hitters that don't do much after rookie ball, but we have faith that Komatsu won't be joining that club anytime soon.
1  24 Lintz, Seth   A   SP 29 R R
  6.87 ERA = bad. 26 K in 18.1 innings = good. While his size/stuff profile is similar to Odorizzi's, shaky command likely will lead to a placement with Helena to open '09.
6  25 Haydel, Lee   A   OF 32 L R
  A .295 batting average during his first full professional season is plenty impressive despite the need for Haydel to sharpen his game in almost every facet.
 26 Errecart, Chris   A   1B 34 R L
  Errecart could enjoy a huge season repeating at Huntsville next year if he's able to stay on the field.
2  27 Wright, Brae   A   SP 36 L L
  Wright is starting to gain more and more believers (myself included) after having a solid year with good size and decent stuff for a lefty starter.
4  28 Seidel, R.J.   A   MR 32 R R
  Seidel's season wasn't that much different than Evan Anundsen's, as the duo could enjoy a big year statistically at the pitching friendly confines of Space Coast Stadium.
1  29 Adams, Cody   A   SP 33 R R
  I think the excitement for Adams would be greater if he had been coming off of his sophomore year at Southern Illinois as opposed to his junior year. He did struggle a little at Helena before finishing the year strong.
8  30 Peralta, Wily   A   SP 30 R R
  Coming off of a successful '08 season, Peralta and his mid-90s fastball and wicked slider will open the '09 season at 19 years old as a member of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. Excited yet?
4  31 Iribarren, Hernan   MLB   2B 35 L R
  Iribarren's versatility and lefty bat may make him a darkhorse to win the 25th spot on the Brewers roster out of spring training.
7  32 Schafer, Logan   A   OF 33 L L
  A big year at Cal Poly led to Schafer being drafted in the third round, getting a bump up to A-ball during his pro debut and finishing the year in Hawaii. Surf's up, dude.
3  33 Rivas, Amaury   A   SP 34 R R
  Rivas is the best Brewers prospect you've never thought about, although that could change next year with a strong season at Huntsville
2  34 Frederickson, Evan   A   MR 33 L L
  It's no surprise that the first college pitcher Jack Z. took before the 3rd round was a 6'6" lefty that throws in the mid-90s with serious command issues.
1  35 Fryer, Eric   MLB   C 34 R R
  A tip of the cap to Fryer, who enjoyed a fine season at low-A. Forgive us if we need to see more of you with the 'Tees next year to make us complete believers.
3  36 Hand, Donovan   A   MR 33 R R
  Hand cruised from Jacksonville State to AA Huntsville in just over a year. AA wasn't as kind to him, so hopefully the reality check is a good one as he's reminded that the trek to the majors is a marathon, not a sprint.
5  37 Farris, Eric   A   2B 33 R R
  While he finished strong, his lack of power stands to be tested with the Manatees in the Florida State League next year.
2  38 Zarraga, Shawn   MLB   C 30 S R
  Zarraga joins Lorenzo Cain and Hernan Iribarren by having a good season with the Baby Brewers in Arizona.
2  39 Cody, Chris   A   SP 35 L L
  The Jamie Moyer of the FSL, Cody had one of the better seasons among pitchers for a Brewers farmhand, and has enjoyed his moments this fall in the HWB.
1  40 Welch, David   A   SP 36 L L
  If Cody isn't the Jamie Moyer of the Brewers minor league pitchers, Welch is. He too continues to enjoy success in the minors, and will be spending a lot of time watching Brian Shouse in spring training.
6  41 Bramhall, Bobby   A   MR 34 L L
  Coming off of a terrific season, Bramhall represents the 3rd lefty in a row that could fit into the Brewers future plans as a specialist.
4  42 Wooten, Rob   A   MR 34 R R
  Wooten's polished repertoire and extensive college experience (he has pitched in 10 College World Series contests) should allow him to move quickly.
4  43 Miller, Derek   A   SP 38 L L
  The bottom of this list is full of lefties that could have a future in the big-league bullpen. Hey, I'm left-handed!
1  44 Wilson, Steffan   A   IF 33 R R
  Wilson has had two solid pro seasons in a row, and how his power will play at BC in the FSL will be key in determining whether he's potential MLB material.
1  45 Ramlow, Mike   A   MR 33 L L
  While we don't have details, we assume Ramlow was replaced in Hawaii by Scarpetta due to injury. Here's to a healthy recovery, as Ramlow quietly had a very nice '08 season.
1  46 Bell, Michael   A   2B 34 R R
  Bell keeps moving up, and has nice power for a 2B, but you have to wonder if he has reached his limit after posting numbers in '08 similar to, yet a step down, what he posted in '07.
1  47 Katin, Brendan   A   OF 36 R R
  Katin's 69 career homers and .485 slugging could Mench him a job in the big-leagues at some point, but he needs to hone his approach to stick.
1  48 Kjeldgaard, Brock   A   OF 33 R R
  Kjeldgaard's conversion from pitcher to slugger was encouraging, so we'll give him a pass by whiffing 113 times in rookie ball. His age is against him, so he'll need to develop quickly.
new  49 Tyson, Nick   A   MR 31 R R
  "We must move forward, not backward; upward, not forward; and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom." Here's to better results above rookie ball next year, Nick.
new  50 Dennis, Chris   A   OF 31 L R
  Dennis could really make a name for himself if his power surge continues in the typically power-surpressed Midwest League next year (sorry West Virginia, it was a good little run).

Players removed this week: Michael Brantley... Steve Chapman...

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