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  Power 50 Notes
last updated: 06/30/2009

Welcome to the (late) June version of the Power 50! Comments this week are from me, Toby, and I won't waste much of your time here getting to them. I want to make a point to mention that Casey McGehee has already technically graduated off of the Power 50, but we included him on the list this time because he was still eligible when we compiled our separate lists on Saturday. He's had a great season for the Crew and we wanted to make sure to get him the recognition he deserves. Other than that, there's not much to say about the list other than we hope you enjoy and we hope to see some more draft picks signed before the next edition in July.    
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  Power 50
+/- Rank  Name  Level  Pos  Age 
 01 Gamel, Mat   A   1B 34 L R
  Off to a little bit of a slow start with the bat since his Milwaukee debut, but it's hard not to be pleasantly surprised with his defense for the most part. This might be Mat's last time on the Power 50 (he needs 42 more ABs to graduate), so good luck and we all hope you're able to keep your stick at third base!
 02 Escobar, Alcides   MLB   SS 33 R R
  Every year there's questions about Escobar's bat and every year he just keeps on hitting. How long will the Brewers have Alcides wait in AAA?
 03 Lawrie, Brett   A   2B 29 R R
  It seems like Lawrie has been off the field as much as he's been on it the past few months. Most of it has been injury related, but there have been a few "manager's decision" pulls too. Let's hope it does not become a trend.
2  04 Lucroy, Jonathan   MLB   C 33 R R
  It's still neck-and-neck in the catching horse race, with Lucroy pulling ahead of Salome this time out. Lucroy still has the plate discipline and defense advantages and a recent hot streak has seen his power pick up, too.
 05 Salome, Angel   A   OF 33 R R
  Your new second-best catching prospect is now just a hair behind Lucroy despite a recent torrid streak of his own at the plate. Questions still linger about Angel's defense. If Jason Kendall is any clue, I doubt the Brewers would go full time with a below average defensive catcher that can hit. In other words, Angel still has a lot to prove to the organization if he is to be their catcher of the future.
new  06 Arnett, Eric   A   MR 31 R R
  Okay, at the beginning of the season who had Eric Arnett as the Brewers #1 pitching prospect at the end of June? The Power 50 editors are all very excited about this pick, to say the least.
3  07 Braddock, Zach   A   MR 32 L L
  After making Florida State League hitters look ridiculous, Braddock has gone on to make Southern League hitters look just as ridiculous since his promotion. His near future lies in the bullpen - he may even make it to Milwaukee sooner than expected as a reliever. But he has too good of an arm to keep out of the rotation if he can stay healthy. I really doubt we've seen his last start.
 08 Green, Taylor   A   IF 33 L R
  Green was really starting to hit his stride at the plate when he suffered an oblique injury the other day. Hopefully it's nothing too serious.
2  09 Cain, Lorenzo   MLB   CF 33 R R
  Cain started his rehab assignment at the end of June... will there be enough playing time in 2009 for him to make the push for a 2010 big league roster spot?
4  10 Peralta, Wily   A   SP 30 R R
  Nasty stuff and on the field results from a 20 year old. It's time to get excited, Brewer fans.
22  11 McGehee, Casey   MLB   3B 37 R R
  Who knows if Casey will be able to keep up even a large portion of his 2009 production over the long term, but we thought we'd honor Casey with a spot on the Power 50 reflecting what he's done for the club, regardless of tools or potential. The Brewers wouldn't be where they are this year without him. Good luck, Casey.
3  12 Gindl, Caleb   A   OF 31 L L
  An up and down season so far to be sure. Take heart with this fact: Gindl's ISO (slugging percentage - batting average) hasn't changed much from last year to this year. Given the Florida State League's propensity to suppress power, you could argue he's improved on his power numbers from last season. And despite his batting average being down, his K rate is also down and his walk rate is up.
2  13 Scarpetta, Cody   A   SP 31 R R
  Scarpetta drops behind Wily Peralta this time out basically because he's walking more guys. Other than that, their peripherals (and potential) are as close as close can be.
1  14 Gillespie, Cole   MLB   LF 35 R R
  Gillespie has had a heckuva time getting untracked in AAA, but the ball is rolling and he's removing doubts about his prospect status.
 15 Anundsen, Evan   A   SP 31 R R
  I'll send a free magnet to the first person that can give me an accurate radar gun reading on Evan Anundsen from this season.
4  16 Odorizzi, Jake   MLB   SP 29 R R
  Promoted to Helena to open the season unlike most of his fellow 2008 high school draftees. I like the slow approach the Brewers are taking with these guys. Hitting A-ball at 20/21 years old is just fine.
new  17 Walla, Max   A   MR 28 L L
  Walla became an instant favorite on draft day after stories of his home run heroics and passion for playing pro ball started to come out. He's a little taller than Caleb Gindl, but there's a good starting point for a comparable.
2  18 Schafer, Logan   A   OF 33 L L
  The primary deficiency in Schafer's game is his walk rate, and it seems like he's working to rectify that. The further that OBP goes up, the closer he'll get to the presently inactive Lo Cain on the prospect depth chart.
2  19 Cody, Chris   A   SP 35 L L
  The penultimate test of Cody's soft and crafty stuff has come as the Commander has reached AAA. We've already seen a big drop in his K rate there in his first 4 starts - will he continue to defy the odds and adjust? Time will tell and frankly, the Brewers could use him if Cody shows he can handle Pacific Coast League hitters.
1  20 Iribarren, Hernan   MLB   2B 35 L R
  The Hurricane's early season power binge hasn't continued into the middle of the season. He's still hitting, though, and figures to get a long look at a roster spot next spring if he doesn't stick before then. I will also use this space to note that Power 50-ineligible Adam Heether needs a big league opportunity - kid's on fire.
17  21 Jeffress, Jeremy   A   MR 32 R R
  It's bad news when your suspensions start coming close to your pitch velocities. We wish Jeremy well trying to knock the marijuana monkey off of his back. We'll see you next May.
2  22 Periard, Alex   A   SP 32 L R
  Back from his shoulder injury, Alex is starting back at A ball and will work his way to Huntsville. While we were hoping he'd be knocking on the AAA door by now, it's good to know that one of our top pitching prospects is back on the bump and healthy.
new  23 Butler, Josh   A   SP 35 R R
  A Power 50 mea culpa for removing Butler from the list - he sure showed us up. He seems to be getting better results against better competition and he'll keep moving back up prospect lists if he keeps his sinker down and his K/BB ratio up..
1  24 Frederickson, Evan   A   MR 33 L L
  The big lefty has been much better in the middle third of season with his command. He's still getting hit a little, but he rarely gets hit hard. If he can build on his command progress, the potential is there to make a big jump up the pitching depth chart.
15  25 Rogers, Mark   A   SP 33 R R
  Reports that Rogers is once again lighting up the radar guns to the tune of the mid-90's is encouraging and a very nice surprise. If he can prove he can keep the arm healthy for any extended period of time, he's still a very top tier prospect talent.
10  26 Brewer, Brent   A   SS 31 R R
  Not much continues to go right for Brent in his 2009 Brevard County campaign. He got a promotion last season after a mediocre first half, but it's tough to see that happening again.
new  27 Prince, Josh   A   OF 31 R R
  Stealing six bases in your second pro game is a good way to get on the prospect radar screen.
new  28 Garfield, Cameron   A   C 28 R R
  Going 5-5 in your first pro game is a good way to get on the prospect radar screen.
12  29 Aguilar, Omar   MLB   CL 34 L R
  Aguilar has become very hittable this year for some reason, and it's cost him a demotion to Brevard County. I thought he was going to be a second half boon to the Brewers' bullpen this year, not the Manatees'. Oh well... go down there and figure it out, Omar.
 30 Swindle, R.J.   MLB   MR 36 L L
  Domination in AAA hasn't yet made the Brewers confident enough to keep him on the big league roster. They might want to reconsider their opinion and give the guy more than a cursory glance when he gets called up next time.
13  31 Dillard, Tim   A   MR 36 R R
  I don't know what the future holds for Dillard... he's hanging on as a AAA starter with mediocre at best peripherals, but the Brewers' starting pitching is thin enough where he might get a starting shot despite his performance. I really wish they'd just let him focus on relief. Oh well.
new  32 Dennis, Chris   A   OF 31 L R
  Dennis makes his overdue re-debut on the Power 50 only to injure his ankle. He's an exciting offensive prospect, so here's to a quick and full recovery.
6  33 Rivas, Amaury   A   SP 33 R R
  Amaury continues his reign as the most under the radar pitching prospect in the Brewers' system. He might make it all the way to Milwaukee before there's more than a curosry mention of him on Brewerfan.
8  34 Haydel, Lee   A   OF 32 L R
  An already iffy 2008 BB/AB ratio has taken a nosedive this year - as is the case with many a prospect, if Lee would just take more walks, he'd be very highly regarded. Haydel has a bunch of tools and he's young, so there's still plenty of time to figure it out.
1  35 Wooten, Rob   A   MR 34 R R
  Early returns on an overdue promotion to Huntsville are good and promise more of the same - big results without big stuff. Wooten could be a big help to the Brewers bullpen before you know it.
13  36 Dykstra, Cutter   MLB   3B 30 R R
  It's too bad Brett Lawrie moved to second base before Cutter was able to call dibs on it. Dykstra now finds himself behind one of the Brewers' best prospects and not really in a position to ask for another position switch.
9  37 Komatsu, Erik   A   OF 32 L L
  A concussion and some wrist problems persisted to keep Komatsu off the field until the end of June. Here's to hoping he has returned to full health.
new  38 Axford, John   A   CL 36 R R
  Axford began the year ostensibly backing up Mike Jones in the Brevard County rotation. A few months later, he's on the cusp of the big leagues in Nashville after showing a mid-90's fastball and a sharp slider. No pitching prospect's stock has gone up more this year.
17  39 Nieves, Efrain   A   SP 30 L L
  Efrain takes a tumble down the list this month after perhaps a little too much mouth watering by the Power 50 staff in recent editions. Nieves has the stuff and control to be a good pitching prospect but he's getting hit too hard right now not to take a step back and refine expectations about him.
11  40 Lintz, Seth   A   SP 29 R R
  Dissapointing not to see Seth's name on the Helena roster. Maybe we'll see a bump up later in the year.
4  41 Seidel, R.J.   A   MR 32 R R
  An earlier than expected return for Seidel after an off-season knee injury. He won't get to pitch much this year, but the work he gets should get R.J. back on track for 2010.
11  42 Green, Nick   A   MR 35 R R
  Some shoulder problems have limited Green this year. It's really too bad, given the problems the Brewers have had with their rotation.
new  43 Katin, Brendan   A   OF 36 R R
  No one doubts Katin's power... he has some of the best raw power in the system. The thing that holds him back is plate discipline. Without a vastly improved eye for the zone, the odds of major league pitchers having success against him are pretty high.
2  44 Hand, Donovan   A   MR 33 R R
  A flip flop from last season: Hand started last year in the rotation and moved to the pen after experiencing some road bumps. This year he's worked his way from the pen back to the rotation. Doesn't have overwhelming stuff, but the results speak for themselves.
9  45 Farris, Eric   A   2B 33 R R
  34 stolen bases in 37 attempts is wonderful, but Farris simply needs to get on base at a higher clip. Another 40-50 points of OBP (which currently sits at .308)would make him a top 20-30 prospect.
new  46 Baron, Casey   A   MR 35 L L
  Baron's soft and softer approach is working against Southern League batters and has put him in a position to battle for a Brewers bullpen spot next spring as a second lefty out of the pen.
8  47 Zarraga, Shawn   MLB   C 30 S R
  Never got the bat going with the Timber Rattlers and now has to share time behind the dish with new draft pick Cam Garfield in Helena. A local Helena paper even said he had switched positions to first base. One of those weeks turned in to one of those months, which is turning in to one of those years.
new  48 Bowman, Michael   A   SP 32 R R
  Nothing wows you about Bowman's stuff or stats, but a year after getting drafted he keeps getting the job done on the mound.
2  49 Wilson, Steffan   A   IF 33 R R
  The thick Florida air continues to sap Wilson's power. The good news for Steffan is that the Brewers are rotating him around the four corner spots - 1B, 3B, LF and RF - regularly, which means they might view him as a future solution as a righty power option off the bench.
9  50 Mercedes, Roque   A   SP 33 R R
  Mercedes drops nine spots from last month's Power 50 through no fault of his own. He's another one of a suddenly strong group of minor league relievers the Brewers are developing.

Players removed this week: Cody Adams... Bobby Bramhall... Carlos Corporan... Chris Errecart... Brock Kjeldgaard... Joe Koshansky... Daniel Meadows... Edgar Trejo... Zelous Wheeler... Chase Wright...

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