Milwaukee Brewers 2016 Season Preview

Off-Season Overview

Additions:

Chris Carter, Aaron Hill, Jonathan Villar

Losses:

Adam Lind, Khris Davis, Francisco Rodriguez, Jean Segura

The Brewers know where they stand. They are a team that has to break down some walls, and build it back up with some of their young prospects. Shipping off guys like Davis and Segura just show that they see better options in their long term, and they don’t really need or want help in the present. In losing K-Rod they are saving money, in which could be allocated to the future, and in the Carter for Lind swap they probably downgraded, but Carter has a ton of power, and in the ballpark in Milwaukee that will play. Nonetheless, he as well as any addition this year should be viewed as a stop gap type.

Projected Playoff Lineup

  1. Brett Phillips
  2. Orlando Arcia
  3. Jonathan Lucroy
  4. Ryan Braun
  5. Chris Carter
  6. Domingo Santana
  7. Scooter Gennett/Aaron Hill
  8. Jonathan Villar

The Brewers are not making the playoff this year. It can be shown by the fact that their two hitters atop this constructed lineup will not be in said lineup until more than likely August. They will shuffle in guys like Keon Broxton, Will Middlebrooks, and Ramon Flores, as they try to see what they have in some of these guys, but at the end of the day they are waiting on some of their prospects. Defensively, Phillips and Arcia can create a core up the middle that will be feared for years. On offense, it will be the need for veterans like Lucroy and Braun to keep this team competing. Lucroy missed a good portion of 2015, but is a strong hitting catcher, who doesn’t strike out much. We all know of Braun and see that he is still a solid hitter, just doesn’t have the steroid power of the past. The question will be as he ages, and the contact and speed may slip, will the power be there? The Brewers will still be very reliant on Braun for at least the next two to three years, so monitoring how his 2016 goes at age 32 will be major as to whether or not the Brew Crew will be more competitive in 2017.

Rotation

Wily Peralta

Jimmy Nelson

Matt Garza

Taylor Jungmann

Chase Anderson

Peralta is a top the list because he does have good stuff. The problem is, since the first half of 2014, he has either been injured or has tailed off of his progression. At 26 it would be ignorant to count him out, but the need for a bounce back in 2016 is major, or the Brewers may not even see him in their plans going forward. Two pitchers who should stay in the rotation and be built around are Jungmann and Nelson. Nelson is a ground ball guy, and led the pitching staff in WAR in 2016. Jungmann has some decent stuff, and posted a 8.1 K/9 last year in his MLB debut season. He had walk problems, but like Nelson and Peralta is only 26 years old. The three will all have a chance they prove they belong, and so will Anderson, who really is slotted perfectly as a number four or five type of guy. The problem is so do 1-4 on the Brewers, and this year should be about figuring out he can stay and who has to go in the rotation.

Bullpen

When the Brewers like K-Rod go and didn’t even think of paying for a replacement you know where there mind is at. They are rebuilding, and should be doing plenty of shuffling along the pen. Some guys should stick as the year goes on, but how they sort out appearances among the relievers will be something to watch, because it should predict where they see these guys as we move towards the future,

Overview

This is a team completely fine with losing. When you have the Cubs, Cardinals and Pirates, it just doesn’t seem possible that they will compete in the division in 2016. They should be looking to get youth as many innings as possible, and should be looking to peak in 2018. How they handle playing time and progression this year will tell their 2018 tale however, so pay attention.

4th in the NL Central

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