Milwaukee Brewers’ Grades: Adam Lind
The biggest hole on the Milwaukee Brewers since the departure of Prince Fielder has been first base. With players cycling in and out, the position has been a revolving door of mediocrity. This year however, Adam Lind helped to solidify the position and actually give the team a reliable threat at first. Here is a look at his season in review.
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This season Lind finished first on the team with 87 RBIs, second on team among qualifiers in OPS and third on the team with 20 home runs. After the position had put up miserable numbers for years, he was finally able to provide some consistency.
Arguably, his best month of the season was in April, as he batted .333 throughout the month when seemingly no one else on the team was hitting. He made a solid first impression on opening day and continued hitting all month long.
While he had constantly battled back injuries during his time in Toronto, he was able to remain healthy enough this season to stay on the field and appear in 148 games. The only real time that he missed significant starts was right before the trading deadline, when his aching back flared up.
His biggest game this year came in Minnesota when he went three for five with a home run and six RBIs in a 10-5 Brewers’ victory.
If there is one knock on Lind’s game, it is his struggle to hit left handed pitching. While he batted .294 against right handers, he hit just .223 against southpaws and saw his OPS drop over .300 points against them and during late innings pitching changes he often looked outmatched.
With an affordable option next season, Lind would be a bargain to bring back for next season, but in my opinion it would be in the team’s best interest to move him. By trading him they could not only get younger, but also get Jason Rogers into the lineup on a daily basis. Lind was a great addition to the lineup for this season, but with the team in the process of a rebuild, I don’t expect him to be back.
Final Grade: B