Next up in “30 Teams in 30 Days”, we take a look at the Milwaukee Brewers. Expectations were high for the promising Brewers last season, but due to lackluster starting pitching and inconsistent offensive play the Brewers finished the year with a disappointing record of 80 wins and 82 losses. The Brew Crew hope for better fortune in 2009 as heavy hitters Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder look to carry their team back into October.
|C Gregg Zaun||.260||.345||.416||34||8||27||0||262||w/2T|
|1B Prince Fielder||.299||.412||.602||103||46||141||2||591|
|2B Rickie Weeks||.272||.340||.517||28||9||24||2||147|
|SS Alcides Escobar||.298||.353||.409||76||4||34||42||487||AAA|
|3B Casey McGehee||.301||.360||.499||58||16||66||0||355|
|LF Ryan Braun||.320||.386||.551||113||32||114||20||635|
|CF Carlos Gomez||.229||.287||.337||51||3||28||14||315|| w/MIN|
|RF Corey Hart||.260||.335||.418||64||12||48||11||419|
Unsettled: Third Base. Due to last years strong performance the job belongs to Casey McGehee, but with talented prospect Mat Gamel waiting in the wings McGehee’s job is anything but secure. Even still, McGehee (who is also eligible at second base) should be considered in all formats, and could be a good, cheap source of production.
Target: Carlos Gomez and Alcides Escobar. Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun are obvious first round picks, so they’ll be difficult to target. Shortstop Alcides Escobar and outfielder Carlos Gomez are both elite base stealers, and can be had late in drafts. If your team is in need of a cheap source of steals, definitely target one of these guys late in your draft.
|Yovani Gallardo (R)||13-12||3.73||1.314||204||94||185.2|
|Randy Wolf (L)||11-7||3.23||1.101||160||58||214.1||w/LAD|
|Doug Davis (L)||9-14||4.12||1.505||146||103||203.1||w/ARI|
|Jeff Suppan (R)||7-12||5.29||1.695||80||74||161.2|
|Dave Bush (R)||5-9||6.38||1.469||89||37||114.1|
Unsettled: Suppan and Bush. Both players looked awful last season, but it seems like the Brewers are sticking with them so far. However, the Brewers still a have promising pitcher in Manny Parra. Even though Parra looked unimpressive last season, he could certainly pitch his way into the back end of the rotation this spring and carries much more promise than the other members of this dreary rotation (excluding Yovani Gallardo, of course). While Parra is a guy to keep an eye on, do yourself a favor and avoid this quagmire.
Target: Yovani Gallado. Gallardo is the only member of this cumbersome Milwaukee Brewers pitching staff worth having. While he did have issues with his control at times in ’09, he still holds great promise and could develop into one of the elite pitchers in the National League. Draft Gallardo and expect even better numbers in 2010.
The 8th and 9th Innings
|Trevor Hoffman (R)||37||1.83||.907||48||14||54.0|
|LaTroy Hawkins (R)||11||2.13||1.200||45||16||63.1||w/HOU|
Chasing Saves: Trevor Hoffman pitched surprisingly well for the Brewers last season in his 17th year in the bigs. Despite his age, the all times saves leader is still a decent pitcher and is someone worth drafting as your 2nd or 3rd closer. Still, be weary of the advanced years and recent history of injuries when drafting as his body won’t last the grueling 162-game season much longer. With that said, Hawkins would be next in line to close games for Milwaukee and would definitely be worth a pick up should Hoffman go down with an injury.
Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder are both prime fantasy options and are sure-fire first rounders. The mystical Rickie Weeks will likely be the next Brewer hitter taken in drafts. Weeks maintains 20-20 potential, but every season he either fails to live up to his hype or gets hurt. Avoid the frustration and instead draft someone more reliable. He may be worth a pick late in the draft, but trust me when I say that you do not want this guy as your starting second baseman. Corey Hart will likely go next. Like Weeks, he maintains 20-20 ability but played terrible in ’09 while battling injuries. I expect Hart to turn things around in ’10 and could be a source of well-rounded production. As I said Alcides Escobar and Carlos Gomez will both offer a bevy of steals while Casey McGehee could be a good late round flier as a 2B/3B type. Gregg Zaun should not be considered by anyone unless you’re in a very deep NL-only league that carries two catchers (I feel for these people). He does have an awesome self-exalting website though that all you “Zaunbies” should check out if you want a good laugh. On the pitching side of things, Yovani Gollardo has been spoken of and is really the only starter worth rostering. Still, you may want to keep an eye on Randy Wolf and Manny Parra in deeper leagues. Finally, Trevor Hoffman isn’t the most dependable closer out there due to his age, but he is still someone worth having on your roster.
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