We have reached the end of the first week of spring training games. The Brewers are sitting at 4-3-1 but are on the decline as of late with their three losses coming in the past three games. Here is a look at the top performances from the first week of Brewers spring training.
#1: Yadiel Rivera
Rivera got to play hero two days in a row to begin spring training, with the game winning 9th inning home runs in back to back games. Through the first week, he is hitting a healthy .357 with four runs scored and 5 RBI.
#2: Domingo Santana
Santana has been an on-base machine for the first week to the tune of a .455 batting average, a .571 OBP and 5 runs scored. He has yet to hit a home run, but continuing to hit the ball and take walks is a big key to him being a successful replacement for Khris Davis.
#3: Chris Carter
Carter has gotten off to a hot start to begin the year, hitting .364 with a .500 OBP. He has hit two home runs while driving in 5 during this span. While he can’t be expected to maintain a high average over the course of a season, we already see his signature power stroke.
#4: Eric Young Jr.
The center field candidate has been helping himself to start the year by hitting .417, all with singles. His closest competitors for the center field job are all hitting .300.
#5: Jonathan Lucroy
Lucroy is hitting .364 with a pair of runs batted in during the first week. The good start is encouraging after his down year last year.
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#1: Damien Magnifico
The flame-throwing righty has pitched two innings so far and had yet to allow a base-runner to go with one strikeout.
#2: Jimmy Nelson
During his first appearance in the spring, he gave up a lone walk in two frames. He pitches again today against the Giants.
#3: Adrian Houser
Houser has had two outings so far going four innings total while giving up one run. Hopefully being in the big league camp can give him some good experience to take with to AAA to begin the year.
#4: Josh Hader
Hader got roughed up a bit against the Royals, but still managed to limit the damage to 2 runs (1 earned). He is in a similar boat to Houser in that being in the big league camp should be a good learning experience for him. In two outings this spring he has gone four innings giving up 1 earned run to go along with four strikeouts and a walk.
#5: Zach Davies
Davies has gone three innings over two outings to begin the spring giving up one run in the process. He has also struck out four while not allowing a walk. Davies will be the first line of defense should a starter go down this season.
Do you agree with my top performers? Let me know in the comments!