Milwaukee Brewers: Luis Sardinas Needs to Start Everyday

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Jean Segura‘s injury has left a hole in the middle of the diamond for the Milwaukee Brewers. While Hector Gomez and Elian Herrera have been excellent filling in as utility men this season, Luis Sardinas needs to be in the lineup everyday while Segura is out.

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Debuting with the Brewers on his 22nd birthday in Saturday night’s blowout loss, Sardinas shined. He laced two singles in his first two at-bats and was able to score the only Brewers’ run. In the field he showed of his glove skills and proved why he is viewed as such a plus-defender, as he was able to get to several balls far to his left.

Many question whether or not he will be able to hit in the major leagues, but I think that the young infielder will be just fine. Thrust into a major league call-up due to the rash of injuries with the Texas Rangers last season, Sardinas struggled a bit at the plate, but he will continue to grow as he sees more everyday at bats in the big leagues. According to Joe Block on the Brewers broadcast, he is currently the second youngest player in the National League, showing that he has plenty of room to grow as a hitter.

As a minor leaguer, Sardinas has a .289 career batting average with a .335 career OBP. Despite not having much power, he has speed and has shown the ability to drive the ball ball into the gaps that can play well in the top or bottom of the order. This season in Colorado Springs, Sardinas was batting .288 with a .324 OBP in 32 games.

If there is one area of his game at the plate that he needs to continue to improve on, it is his patience at the plate. By taking more pitches and getting on base with more regularity, he can become an even bigger threat in the lineup.

The Brewers are filled with shortstop in their system. Not only do they have Sardinas, but Yadiel Rivera and Orlando Arcia are on the way. With nothing to lose currently at the major league level, Sardinas needs to be a name that is penciled into a spot each and every day.

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