Young players in the Milwaukee Brewers system look good. Newly promoted players have excelled this year, but aside from that nothing has gone right in Milwaukee this season. With players like Jimmy Nelson and Wily Peralta already shut down, the Brewers are making a mistake in ending the season for catcher and face of the franchise Jonathan Lucroy as well.
After putting together a career year last year, this season has been a nightmare for Lucroy. He started the season in a big slump, missed time time early in the year, and he has never quite gotten his bat going all year long. While has slowly raised his average to a more respectable .259, he has not been nearly the threat that he was for all of last year.
Though it appears Lucroy is going to still get at-bats and will more than likely play some first base over the final days of the season, it would be best for the team to just shut him down and have the star ready for next season. After experiencing post concussion symptoms and having the team not even close in the race, the Brewers have no reason to start a bat like Lucroy and take opportunities away from others.
Earlier in the month I wrote that the Brewers need to do what they can to get Jason Rogers at-bats and I still feel the same way. Instead of using at-bats and playing time opportunities with a proven veteran bat like Lucroy, the Brewers should take every opportunity they can to get others swings. It has been a season to forget for Lucroy, and instead of getting him time at first, it would be best to simply shut him down.