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TOP
TEN

PROSPECTS

1. Alcides
Escobar, ss
2. Mat
Gamel, 3b
3. Brett
Lawrie, c/3b
4. Jeremy
Jeffress, rhp
5. Angel
Salome, c
6. Lorenzo
Cain, of
7. Cutter
Dykstra, of
8. Taylor
Green 3b
9. Cole
Gillespie, of
10. Jonathan
Lucroy, c
BEST

TOOLS

Best Hitter for
Average
Mat
Gamel
Best
Power Hitter
Brett
Lawrie
Best
Strike-Zone Discipline
Taylor
Green
Fastest
Baserunner
Lee
Haydel
Best
Athlete
Brent
Brewer
Best
Fastball
Jeremy
Jeffress
Best
Curveball
Cody
Scarpetta
Best
Slider
Zach
Braddock
Best
Changeup
Bobby
Bramhall
Best
Control
Chris
Cody
Best
Defensive Catcher
Carlos
Corporan
Best
Defensive Infielder
Alcides
Escobar
Best
Infield Arm
Alcides
Escobar
Best
Defensive Outfielder
Lorenzo
Cain
Best
Outfield Arm
Brendan
Katin
PROJECTED
2012

LINEUP

Catcher Brett Lawrie
First
Base
Prince
Fielder
Second
Base
J.J.
Hardy
Third
Base
Mat
Gamel
Shortstop Alcides Escobar
Left
Field
Ryan
Braun
Center
Field
Rickie
Weeks
Right
Field
Corey
Hart
No.
1 Starter
Yovani
Gallardo
No.
2 Starter
Manny
Parra
No.
3 Starter
Jake
Odorizzi
No.
4 Starter
Carlos
Villanueva
No. 5
Starter
Zach
Braddock
Closer Jeremy Jeffress
TOP PROSPECTS

OF
THE DECADE

Year Player,
Position
2008
1999 Ron
Belliard, 2b
Nationals
2000 Nick
Neugebauer, rhp
Out of
baseball
2001 Ben
Sheets, rhp
Brewers
2002 Nick
Neugebauer, rhp
Out of
baseball
2003 Brad
Nelson, 1b
Brewers
2004 Rickie
Weeks, 2b
Brewers
2005 Rickie
Weeks, 2b
Brewers
2006 Prince
Fielder, 1b
Brewers
2007 Yovani
Gallardo, rhp
Brewers
2008 Matt
LaPorta, of
Indians
TOP DRAFT PICKS

OF
THE DECADE

Year Player, Position 2008
1999 Ben Sheets, rhp Brewers
2000 Dave Krynel, of Diamondbacks
2001 Mike Jones, rhp Brewers
2002 Prince Fielder, 1b Brewers
2003 Rickie Weeks, 2b Brewers
2004 Mark Rogers, rhp Brewers
2005 Ryan Braun, 3b Brewers
2006 Jeremy Jeffress, rhp Brewers
2007 Matt LaPorta, of Indians
2008 Brett Lawrie, c/3b Brewers
LARGEST BONUSES

IN
CLUB HISTORY

Rickie Weeks,
2003
$3,600,000
Ben Sheets,
1999
$2,450,000
Ryan Braun,
2005
$2,450,000
Prince Fielder,
2002
$2,400,000
Mark Rogers,
2004
$2,200,000
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The Brewers farm system already had provided the big league club with three-fourths of an infield (Prince Fielder, Rickie Weeks, J.J. Hardy), a pair of slugging corner outfielders (Ryan Braun, Corey Hart) and an ace in the making (Yovani Gallardo). It kept on giving in 2008, providing the ammunition for Milwaukee to acquire C.C. Sabathia.

Not many clubs would trade their top prospect for a rental, but that’s exactly what the Brewers did in early July. They included outfielder Matt LaPorta, their 2007 first-round pick who was tearing up Double-A, with lefty Zach Jackson, righty Rob Bryson and a player to be named (outfielder Michael Brantley) to get Sabathia, a pending free agent.

The Brewers figured Sabathia was just the pitcher to get them over the top and into the postseason for the first time since 1982. He was everything Milwaukee hoped for and more, going 11-2, 1.65 and pitching a four-hitter against the Cubs on the final day of the season to clinch a wild-card berth.

Though Sabathia lost his lone playoff start as the Phillies eliminated the Brewers in the National League Division Series and later left for a $161 million contract from the Yankees, general manager Doug Melvin said he’d make the trade again.

“We have no regrets,” Melvin said. “C.C. got us to the playoffs. We wouldn’t have gotten there without him. The fact that we were able to make the deal is a tribute to the depth of talent in our farm system.”

Even after all the recent graduations to the majors and the Sabathia deal, the system continues to churn out talent. Manny Parra won 10 games as a rookie, and in a preview of coming attractions, shortstop Alcides Escobar, third baseman Mat Gamel and catcher Angel Salome made their big league debuts in September.

Milwaukee was able to restock through the draft, where compensation for the loss of free agents Francisco Cordero and Scott Linebrink gave the club six of the first 62 selections in June. After popping Canadian high school slugger Brett Lawrie in the first round, the Brewers focused on pitching.

The Brewers may have a similar bonanza in 2009, when they’ll get two early picks for Sabathia and as many as three more if both Ben Sheets and Brian Shouse also leave via free agency. But for the first time in nine years, Jack Zduriencik won’t be running their draft.

The Mariners hired Zduriencik, the scouting director whose astute draft picks are the prime reason Milwaukee has finished .500 or better in three of the last four years after 12 straight losing seasons, as their general manager in October. Zduriencik took assistant scouting director Tony Blengino and Eastern crosschecker Tom McNamara with him to Seattle. The Brewers promoted Western crosschecker Bruce Seid to replace Zduriencik and tabbed Midwest crosschecker Ray Montgomery as Seid’s assistant.

Milwaukee will enter 2009 with a new manager as well. Owner Mark Attanasio made the decision to fire Ned Yost after a September swoon, and interim manager Dale Sveum wasn’t retained. The Brewers then turned to Ken Macha, who had a .568 winning percentage and captured two division titles in four years with the Athletics from 2003-06.

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