We move on with our pre spring training power rankings with #26 the Brew Crew the Milwaukee Brewers.
Projected Record: 72-90 4th in the NL Central
2B Gennett #2, C Lucroy #20,RF Braun #8, 1B Carter #TBD, LF Santana #16, 3B Hill #9, SS Villar #5, CF Nieuwenhis #10,Pitcher
Potential Rotation: 1.Nelson #52, 2.Peralta #38, 3.Garza #22, 4.Jungmann #41, 5.Anderson #57
Potential Bullpen: CL Knebel #46, 8th Smith #13, 7th Jeffress #21 Mid Relief: Blazek #54, Thornburg #30, Jones #75 Pena #58
Potential Bench: C Maldonado #12, OF/1B Peterson #35, IF/OF Walsh IF Middlebrooks #15, OF Liriano, OF Flores #61
After a 2014 season where the Brewers held first place in the NL Central nearly the entire season before collapsing in September the Brewers struggled in 2015 losing over 90 games. As a result the Brewers changed managers mid season as Craig Counsell took over for Ron Roenicke and the team also fired longtime General Manager Doug Melvin in favor for 30 year old David Stearns. The Brewers are in a bit of a reboot as the team dealt away star Center Fielder Carlos Gomez at the trade deadline, yet still have an offense lineup with some pop. The team finished just 22nd in runs scored in 2015, but the Brewers added some thump to their lineup in power hitter Chris Carter who will take over the first base role. Carter never seems to hit for a high batting average as last year he batted .199, and in 2014 he batted .227 yet his power numbers are impressive as he hit 37 long balls in 2014, and 24 a year ago in 2015. He will join a lineup that has some star players in Jonathan Lucroy who will look to rebound from an injury plagued 2015 and return to his all-star form. Ryan Braun had a very strong 2015 batting .285 with 25 homers, and 84 RBI’s making it to his 6th all star game. The Brewers offense should be improved in 2016. As for the pitching well it’s not looking too pretty. The Brewers starting rotation finished 28th in starters ERA at 4.79. The Brewers did not sign one starting pitcher this offseason or trade for one so it doesn’t seem like the Brewers rotation will mot improve at all in 2016. As for the bullpen the Brewers bullpen actually finished with the 9th best bullpen ERA in the majors. However with closer Francisco Rodriguez on his way to Detroit the Brewers heart and sole of their pen is now gone. Which will force young arms like Corey Knebel, and Will Smith to step up their games. The Brewers bullpen probably won’t be a top 10 ERA bullpen again in 2016 but if some of the young bullpen arms perform well it can still be pretty formable. The biggest thing holding the Brewers back in 2016 is their division. They have to play the Cardinals, Pirates, and Cubs all 19 times which will make it very tough to compete in the division and with the losses that will build up it will probably keep the Brewers outside of the playoffs in 2016.