While the Milwaukee Brewers have had some solid defenders over the years, they have not been known for their glove work in the field. This season the Brewers’ are 26th in fielding percentage and the last time that the have even finished in the top-15 in the league in defense was in 2012. For many of the past 10 years the have finished very close to the bottom. For years Rickie Weeks struggled at second base, while they also looked for a consistent glove at the corner infield positions, too. But with the talented fielders coming up, the Brewers could have a shift in their focus over the next few seasons.
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The biggest area that points to this change is in the middle infield positions. Players like reigning minor league Gold Glove winner, Orlando Arcia, leads a talented group of shortstops that also includes, Yadiel Rivera and Luis Sardinas. With all of these strong defenders in the infield and ground ball pitchers on the mound, hits through the middle are going to be hard to come by in Milwaukee.
The Brewers also have a strong core of outfielders on the way. Already the strong-armed Domingo Santana and Michael Reed have appeared in the major leagues and there are other very strong defenders coming. Some of these up and coming outfielders include center fielders, Brett Phillips and Tyrone Taylor who can certainly cover some ground. Going even further there are players like Monte Harrison and last year’s Gold Glove winner Michael Ratterree that can get the job done in the field.
This past season, the AA Biloxi Shuckers finished second in the Southern League with a .982 fielding percentage. With many of these players on the way to Milwaukee, the defense should finally have a defense that finishes in the top-10 overall in the future.