Milwaukee Brewers: 2016 Outlook

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The Catchers

Aug 23, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Matt Garza (22) talks with Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy (20) against the Washington Nationals in the fourth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 23, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Matt Garza (22) talks with Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy (20) against the Washington Nationals in the fourth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports /

As it stands our catchers have the biggest question mark, with The Brewers trying to shop away Lucroy and Lucroy admitting he wants to play for a contender. As well at Brewers on Deck Braun iterated that he talked to Lucroy and let him know that attitude doesn’t fly, so spring training may get interesting with those two.

Martin Maldonado is Lucroy’s backup and unless Lucroy is traded away, Lucroy will be the primary catcher behind home plate. Despite Lucroy’s desire to play for a contender if Stearns doesn’t trade him away Lucroy will play to the best of his ability this season (it only makes his stock rise, so it’d be unwise of him to do otherwise).

Conclusion: FanGraphs has Lucroy providing a WAR of 2.5 (defensively) and a WAR of 2.6 offensively. He by far has the best combined WAR on the Brewers and until he goes somewhere else this season he’ll be the best tool for the Brewers (assuming FanGraphs is correct that he’ll have the best WAR on the team).

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