For parts of the past two seasons, Elian Herrera has been the Milwaukee Brewers super-utility man. While he has bounced back and forth from the majors to the minors, he has been able to continue to get at-bats due to his versatility. While his season ended in a painful in a collision with Shane Peterson, here is a look at his year in review.
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Herrera didn’t make the opening day roster, but he made an instant impact when he was added to the lineup on April 21st. Though the Brewers lost a slugfest on that day, Herrera went two for five with a double, a grandslam and five RBIs.
After a rough May in which he batted just .205, he was optioned back to AAA and his time in Milwaukee looked to be over. But after the wave of roster moves around the deadline, Herrera was back up to start August and was able to impress enough work his way into a more regular role.
His best stretch came during the final two months of the season as he batted .261 with a .717 OPS. During this time he not only saw more regular playing time, but he also opened eyes which may have helped him earn a more consistent role next year.
Herrera’s end of season numbers are not outstanding (.242/.290/.395) but his ability to play all around the diamond looks to be enough to keep him around at least in year one of the rebuild. As it stands today, he remains one of the best options at third base and a right handed option at second base, which should be enough to remain on the roster in 2016.
Final Grade: C