Brewers Player Power Rankings (07/16/2012)

Here is my look at the Brewers 25-man Roster Power Rankings…tough week for change with only 3-games but I did my best

***NOTE:  The number in parenthesis is change from last week***

#1: OF Ryan Braun (-) – His All-Star Game performance alone would have been enough to keep him on top

#2: SP Zack Greinke (-) – Each start makes you wonder if this will be his last as a Brewer

#3: 3B Aramis Ramirez (-) – Up to a 9-game hitting streak; the only thing keeping him ahead of Yovani Gallardo at this point

#4:SP Yovani Gallardo (-) – A career high 14 punch-outs Sunday helps remind everyone how good he can be

#5: 1B Corey Hart (+2) – 6 of 12 in the Pittsburgh series…this would be a good time for Hart to get hot

#6: OF Norichika Aoki (-1)Streak was snapped Friday but he already started a new on Saturday…it’s nice to have a “prototypical” lead-off hitter

#7: SP Michael Fiers (-1)Hasn’t pitched in a while so nothing I can really say

#8: RP Francisco Rodriguez (+1) – 2-scoreless inning in the Pittsburgh series; he will help the Brewers (or someone else) down the stretch if he stays solid

#9: SP Marco Estrada (-1)Estrada won’t be a solid starter until he can work past the 6th inning…though his strike-outs where on Saturday night

#10C Martin Maldonado (-) A big three-hit day adds to the Brewers brass already tough decision on what to do when Lucroy comes back

#11: 2B Rickie Weeks (-)Got back to .200 Friday night but dipped back to .199 by the end of the weekend…

#12: RP Manny Parra (+3)has a 1.17 ERA in his last 10-outings, is he quietly finding his niche?

#13: CL John Axford (-)Two outings, one-save and one-run in a non-save opportunity…still struggling with his constancy

#14: IF Cody Ransom (+4) - A game winning Grand Slam will move you ahead of under performers easily

#15: RP Kameron Loe (-3)Gave up two-runs and was tagged with the loss Saturday…not good for the up-and-down Loe

#16: SP Randy Wolf (-) – See Michael Fiers

#17: RP Jose Veras (-)WOW!  A scoreless inning WITHOUT a Walk!!!!!!  It’s a start

#18: IF Cesar Izturis (-)Continues to be what he is…though he has gotten hits and made plays in his chances unlike the guys below

#19:  OF Carlos Gomez (-5)Hart at first could have been a blessing…however Aoki and his platoon with Morgan continues to keep him quiet

#20: OF Nyjer Morgan (-) – His disappointing 2012 continues

#21: IF/OF Travis Ishikawa (+1) - A big pinch-hit RBI Friday led to a start Saturday where Ish went 0-for-5

#22: C George Kottaras (-1)He went from a key contributor in April to a guy that if/when Randy Wolf goes, he could too

#23: RP Tyler Thornburg (NR)In his first bullpen appearance, Thornburg gave up a run and a hit, walked a pair, and struck three in two innings…need to see more

#24: IF Jeff Bianchi (NR) – 0-for-4 in his start for the Brewers…o-for stretches have been the norm for Milwaukee pinch hitters

#25: RP Livan Hernandez (-1) – See Randy Wolf OR Michael Fiers (though he has been worse than both)

Dropped from the Rankings:  RP Tim Dillard (23), IF Taylor Green (25)

Justin Hull is the host of the “Home Stretch” heard 2p-5p on 95.3 FM, WSCO Radio in Green Bay/Appleton Wisconsin.  Follow him on twitter (@jh1570) or facebook.

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