After seeing hiim get a PH, RBI, double tonight, I was wondering if the Brewers would ever consider, turning him into an everyday player again. He started his career as a 1b/of, and just recently has been pitching. You'd think the Brewers could use his offense. He's put up surprising number, for someone who would spend most of his practice time on the mound.
Interesting idea, and his role with the Brewers certainly isn't etched in stone. I have to admit, though, that I'm hoping this won't come to pass. It's simply fun seeing him being used both as a pitcher and a hitter.
do pitcher stats EVER count in NL only leagues? I figure he'd probably get drafted in leagues like that, no?
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Brooks scuffled for 10 years trying to make and stick in the bigs as a position player - and couldn't do it. He switched to pitcher and did pretty well last year, being only his first back on the mound in 10 years. This year he looks more polished on the mound after getting some experience under his belt.
He's never going to be a great reliever, but he's a pretty solid middle innings guy. As for playing in the field, the Brewers used him a few times in RF, but he's just not that good defesively. He's probably a beter 1B than an OF, but with Sexson last year and Overbay this year, there's just nowhere to put him. The Brewers also used him as a DH in a few of the intraleague games last year - where he performed quite nicely. I believe he's the only player ever to hit a HR as a DH, pitcher and pinch hitter.
Considering he's sittng on a 1.17 ERA in 15+ innings I doubt the Brewers will consider making him a position player again. However, they will continue to use him as a pinch hitter and DH considering he brings a pretty nice power bat off the bench.
Watching him hit is quite entertaining. He swings at just about everything....the amazing thing is he almost always makes contact. One thing's for sure, he never gets cheated when he steps to the plate. He's swingin it.