Milwaukee Brewers: Takeaways From Spring Finale
The Milwaukee Brewers were able to close out the spring training season on a high note today as they defeated the Cleveland Indians in an exciting, walk-off 4-3 victory. Here is a look at some of the high points of today’s win.
1. Jean Segura Continued to Impress
Yesterday Segura drove the ball into the gaps with authority and that continued today. If he can get close to the player he was in 2013, this offense is going to be electric.
2. Jonathan Lucroy Keeps on Swinging
Today Jonathan Lucroy launched his fifth home run of the spring. In late January the biggest fear was that he was going to take a long time to recover from his hamstring injury and he again proved today that he is fully ready for the season to begin.
3. Monte Harrison Got a Taste of the Major Leagues
Top-prospect Monte Harrison got a chance to take some hacks against major league pitching today. While he struck out twice the young prospect battled at the plate and looked confident. There will be a lot more plate appearances over the coming years for the young outfielder.
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4. Jimmy Nelson is Ready
In his last start facing minor league hitters, Nelson scuffled. Today in his final tuneup before his Saturday start Nelson looked to be back on track. Pitching 4.1 innings he allowed three runs while striking out seven. His season will not be without growing pains, but he will be a very serviceable fifth starter.
5. Luis Jimenez Can Defend
All spring there has been talk about Jimenez strong defensive skills and they were on full display today. With ability to play first, second and third, he will see plenty of at-bats in the Brewers everyday lineup.
6. Taylor Jungmann and Jed Bradley Had More Success
At the start of spring Jungmann looked excellent. While he was roughed up in his final start of the spring, he looked strong in a scoreless inning today. Bradley again appeared in relief, putting up a scoreless inning. His move to the bullpen will be something intriguing to watch in the minor leagues this season.
Opening day is less than 48-hours away. As the Brewers are on their way home, Kyle Lohse is slated to take on the Rockies Kyle Kendrick on Monday afternoon.