Aaron Gleeman has finished his Top 50 Prospects and he included a heck of a lot of Brewers. Gleeman appears to lean toward "proven" prospects at the AA and AAA level--guys ready to break in this year or next over high-ceiling guys a few years away. This is good news for the Crew, as all four of these guys are at most, a year away from contributing in Milwaukee.
Jose Capellan appears just above Cole Hamels and Edwin Jackson at #44. Amidst his struggles last September and his inconsistent spring, it's easy to forget that he was an unknown quantity just a year ago, and he started the 2004 season in single-A. Gleeman reminds us he's still a premiere prospect, even if he doesn't make an impact in Milwaukee this year.
J.J. Hardy checks in at #42. Gleeman says:
He may not be the next A-Rod, or even the next Khalil Greene, but at least the Brewers won't have to spend money on somebody like Counsell or Clayton for several years.
Moving up quite a bit, we find Rickie Weeks at #16. Rarefied company for someone who hit .259 in AA last year, but we all know Rickie's going to be great, it's just a question of how soon.
And, of course, in the top ten, we find Prince Fielder at #8, where Gleeman indulges in a comparison of Prince and his dad:
Lyle Overbay must be wondering how soon he'll be shagging flies.
I've added a poll question below: who's the best Brewers prospect not on this list?
BEST OF THE POLLS, March 2005: Who's the best Brewers prospect not in Gleeman's Top 50?
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