Milwaukee Brewers: Who on the Current Roster is Untouchable?
It is safe to say that no one saw this start coming for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2015. While there were skeptics after last year’s collapse, being the worst team in baseball to stat the year, getting off to the worst start in franchise history and having a completely punchless offense were all things that I never expected to happen.
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Piling on top the injuries to two all-stars and three everyday players and the 2015 outlook doesn’t look bright and a possible rebuild could be in order at some point. With that being said, here is a look at the untouchable Brewers who are currently on the 25-man roster:
1. Mike Fiers
After an awesome 2014, Mike Fiers is off to a horrible start in 2015. He has not only struggled with location and command, but he has been hit all over the park. Through his first three starts, he has allowed 15 runs (11 earned) as he boasts an ERA of 6.75.
But even with his struggles, I still have confidence in the 29-year-old right hander can be a solid middle of the rotation starter for the foreseeable future. Some point to 2014 as a fluke, but his minor league track record backs his quality season up. As a cheap, reliable arm that is under team control until 2020, Fiers shouldn’t be going anywhere.
2. Jean Segura
Jean Segura’s start is a polar opposite of Mike Fiers. Segura struggled all of 2014 and has come out on fire to start this season. With a new found approach at the plate he has looked even better than he was in his all-star season of 2013. Even with an overabundance of shortstops in the system, Segura should not be moved.
3. Jimmy Nelson
Nelson has yet to fully prove himself at the major league level, but his first starts of 2015 have been quite impressive. So far this season he has been the team’s best presence on the mound. He was a force throughout his minor league career and with a new found curveball, he looks to have what it takes to have sustained success at the top of the rotation in the near future.
4. Wily Peralta
Of all the players on the roster, Peralta is arguably the most untouchable. He took his game to a new level last year and looks to get even better this season. The workhorse has the capability to move up this year and fill the role as the team’s ace for a long time. The team has often locked up their own before arbitration and he should be the next.
Finding a talented catcher that can produce offensively is very hard to do and the Brewers have one locked up until 2017 in Lucroy. As arguably the best offensive catcher in the game, he gives the Brewers a weapon that so many teams lack.
He will be tough to re-sign when his contract comes up, but the only way I could see him being moved is if it would involve top prospects such as the Dodgers Corey Seager or the Mariners Taijuan Walker.
Honorable Mention: Khris Davis
I am a huge Khris Davis fan and his offensive capabilities, but with tremendous outfield depth in the mid-levels of the minor leagues he could be packaged in a deal to add depth.
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