Lots Of Promise For The 2014 Milwaukee Brewers
When you look ahead to the 2014 Milwaukee Brewers, there’s plenty of reasons to be excited.
First off there’s Jean Segura. Doug Melvin straight up stole Segura in the Zach Greinke trade. Segura was an All Star shortstop this year, and looks every bit like a superstar in the making. It seems every night he makes a play on defense that makes you go “wow.” Segura has hit .296 in 584 at-bats and has swiped 44 bases.
I’m not sure how Khris Davis didn’t get a shot as Braun’s replacement before now, but he looks like he can certainly fill the part. Davis is hitting .282/.361/.615 and has 10 home runs in 117 at-bats. Now the problem is, where do you put him? He doesn’t have a strong enough arm to play right field. If he could secure the first base job, he’d make the Brewer brass very happy.
When the Brewers gave Carlos Gomez the three year contract extension this spring I wasn’t so sure it was a good idea. I should have known better than to second guess Doug Melvin however, as it looks like a smart move now. Gomez is batting .287/.341/.497 and has swiped 36 bases. His defense is simply outstanding. Gomez has made spectacular play after play in center field.
Scooter Gennett in 173 at-bats is hitting .324/.362/.503 while manning second base in Rickie Weeks’ spot. Weeks is signed through 2014, with a vesting option for 2015. If Gennett continues to rake, I’d have to think the leash will be very short for Weeks next year.
The thought of Gomez, Segura, Gennett, and Lucroy up the middle for the Brewers sounds really intriguing for the future of this team.
The Brewers have a gaping hole at first base. I’d have to think they’ll give Corey Hart a one year deal with incentives and see if he can produce like he had before the knee injuries. Hart has said all the right things and would love to remain a Brewer.
Now let’s address the starting rotation. While Yovanni Gallardo hasn’t had a typical Gallardo season, he hasn’t been atrocious. He’s posted a 4.29 ERA in 167 innings. Make no mistake however, the Brewers pay him to be the ace of this staff, and he has not posted ace numbers this year.
I’ll admit when the Brewers signed Kyle Lohse I thought it was a mistake. I didn’t think he could replicate the prior year’s stats. He’s proven me wrong. Lohse has been a bright spot for the Brewers this season posting a 3.51 ERA in 189 innings.
Wily Peralta has been everything we hoped he would be. He struggled midway through the season, but since has posted a 3.02 ERA in 14 starts beginning in July. He’s always had the stuff to compete at this level, and it was just a matter of time before he put it all together.
Since Marco Estrada came back from his hamstring injury on August 7th, he’s been fantastic. He’s posted a 1.88 ERA and struck out 21 hitters in 24 innings. The Brewers will heavily rely on him next year to be a middle of the rotation starter.
Tyler Thornburg was recently inserted back into the rotation, and he’s been impressive. Thornburg has posted a 1.96 ERA in 59 innings. He will definitely be in the mix next year for a back end rotation spot.
All in all I think there are some decent arms here going into next year. Will they continue to progress and stay healthy is always the big question. I think the Brewers have the talent to compete with anybody next year, however this team needs a true ace. You just can’t compete in October without at least one. Big market teams like the Dodgers have two. The problem is they are extremely expensive. Despite that, there’s real reason to look forward to the 2014 Brewers.