A new project: Community Prospect Rankings

As has been noted several times recently, it's time to update the prospect list on the left sidebar. I've kicked around several methods to do it, but at the end of the day I'd rather have your opinion. After all, this site is a community, so let's work together to rank our top Brewer prospects.

Here's the plan I have in mind: Every weekday for the next seven weeks (taking a week off for Christmas), we'll have a poll here on the site where you can vote for the top remaining prospect. Today, we present the five nominees for #1 prospect. Tomorrow, we'll announce a winner and present the top five nominees for #2. We will continue that way until the top 30 prospects have been named.

So, with that said, here are the five nominees for #1:

Mat Gamel, 3B

Rankings:
Brewerfan.net Power 50: 1
John Sickels: 1
Baseball Prospectus: 3

Age: 23
Seasons in minors: 4
Top level reached in 2008: Major Leagues

2008 Statistics:
Milwaukee (NL): 2 AB, .500/.500/1.000
Nashville (AAA): 21 AB, .238/.305/.381
Huntsville (AA): 508 AB, .329/.395/.537

Alcides Escobar, SS

Rankings:
Brewerfan.net Power 50: 2
John Sickels: 2
Baseball Prospectus: 1

Age: 22
Seasons in minors: 5
Top level reached in 2008: Major Leagues

2008 Statistics:
Milwaukee (NL): 4 AB, .500/.500/.500
Huntsville (AA): 546 AB, .328/.363/.434

Jeremy Jeffress, RHP

Rankings:
Brewerfan.net Power 50: 3
John Sickels: 4
Baseball Prospectus: 4

Age: 21
Seasons in minors: 3
Top level reached in 2008: AA

2008 Statistics:
Huntsville (AA): 14.2 IP, 5.52 ERA, 1.91 WHIP
Brevard County (A+): 79.1 IP, 4.08 ERA, 1.34 WHIP

Brett Lawrie, C

Rankings:
Brewerfan.net Power 50: 6
John Sickels: 3
Baseball Prospectus: 2

Age: 18
Seasons in minors: 0
Top level reached in 2008: Canadian Olympic Team

Did not appear in the minors in 2008

Angel Salome, C

Rankings:
Brewerfan.net Power 50: 4
John Sickels: 6
Baseball Prospectus: 5

Age: 22
Seasons in minors: 5
Top level reached in 2008: Major Leagues

2008 Statistics:
Milwaukee (NL): 3 AB, .000/.000/.000
Huntsville (AA): 367 AB, .360/.415/.559

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