Reviewing the Brew Round-table: Lead-off hitter
By Benjamin Orr
Could Jean Segura be the lead-off hitter this season? Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
When the Milwaukee Brewers traded away right fielder Norichika Aoki, they also traded the player who was also a pretty tremendous lead-off hitter. Now with Aoki’s bat gone, the Brewers must find someone to fill those shoes.
The question for this week was, “Who do you think will lead-off for the Brewers this year?”
“I think it will be a trial by fire. It could be any of these three: Jean Segura, Scooter Gennett, or Rickie Weeks. Personally, I would like the top four to go Gennett, Weeks, Segura, Braun, and Ramirez. But who knows…Roenicke might decide Lyle Overbay is our best option at lead-off.”
“Roenicke won’t use an optimized lineup, so Jonathan Lucroy will not be seeing the lead-off spot anytime soon. I expect to see Jean Segura in the top spot of the order. He has the high contact/speed profile that managers like at the top of the order, and if he ever learns to walk he’ll actually be a near ideal lead-off man.”
“To me, the Brewers have three capable candidates in Scooter Gennett, Jean Segura, and Carlos Gomez. All three have their pros and cons taking over the lead off spot. I’m guessing there will be some experimenting with each at the top of the order over the course of the year. My vote is for Carlos Gomez not only because of his speed, but he’s got the most pop and I’m a sucker for the occasional lead-off home run.”
“There’s three legitimate options: Carlos Gomez, Scooter Gennett and Jean Segura. But the option that would help the team the most is Segura. Gomez is a fit for the two or three hole and Gennett is suited for the bottom of the lineup. While Segura has a tough time getting on base, his contact and speed make him the best candidate. I will be very surprised if Ron Roenicke chooses someone else.”
“It’s hard to say at this point, but if I had to go with my gut, I’d say Segura would be the guy. No way Gennett gets into that role, because whoever will be playing second is going to be hitting eighth, I guarantee you that. The heart of the line-up in Ryan Braun, Aramis Ramirez and Lucroy isn’t going anywhere and I don’t think Khris Davis and Gomez are exactly viable lead-off options. Segura is more than likely the guy.”
That’s what we had to say regarding the lead-off spot, how about you? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.