As spring training began this season for the Milwaukee Brewers, the worst case scenario happened for Adam Lind. His oft achy back was acting up again and he was unable to go. Questions began around Brewer Nation as to whether or not the team made the right move to acquire the first baseman this winter or if they should have gone in another direction.
But after three seasons of trying to fill the black hole at first base, Lind is proving with each swing that he can be a real threat. It took awhile, but this spring Lind is showing the Brewers fan-base more and more that they finally have an answer at first.
Though he was only able to remain healthy enough to play in 96 games last season, Lind was stellar at the plate all year in 2014. The pull-hitting lefty batted .321 with six homers and 40 RBIs. He also was able to walk 28 times and put together an OPS of .860. Even with struggling against left handed pitching last season, he was able to lead the league in batting average against right handers.
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After being able to get back on the field this spring , he has shown just how well he can do at the plate. Through his first eight games, Lind has a .455 bating average with a 1.095 OPS. He has proven that he was well worth the trade.
Even with his struggles against left handed pitching, I fully believe that Lind will finally be the answer at first base. Hitting in the middle of a lineup with plenty of all-star talent and moving to hitter friendly Miller Park, I am looking forward to a career year from Lind.
For years fan’s have wanted the Brewers to bring in a big name at first. While getting Lind wasn’t the big name many craved, he will surely fill the void at first and he is a better option than anyone they could have acquired. Lind can flat out hit and if he can stay on the field and avoid injury he will be a big piece that will help the Brewers avoid another late season swoon in 2015.