When the Milwaukee Brewers signed Eric Sogard to a minor league deal on December 12, 2016, most thought that his name sounded familiar. Once fans found out that it was “Nerd Power” vying for a chance to start in Milwaukee, some were probably making calls to their optometrist to start up a fan club.
After missing all of 2016, due to knee surgery, Sogard is back in the Majors after a month in Colorado Springs. The Milwaukee Brewers are looking to find yet another hidden gem in David Stearns’ tenure as GM. So far it looks as though they have.
Since being called up on May 12, Sogard has been a huge surprise. Normally known for his defensive skills, he has everyone’s eyes popping out of their Nerd Power shades with impressive production at the plate. He must have placed his bat in a furnace before arriving to the Majors because he has been red hot.
In his first game back, Sogard hit an upper-deck moonshot into the right field bleachers. If you thought that he was just lucky and wouldn’t do more damage then you are in the majority.
Three days later Sogard cracked his second homer in a Brewers uniform in his second game with the team. The following night he had his first 4-for-4 night in his Major League career.
So where does he stand when left fielder Ryan Braun comes back? He will stay put and continue to help the now first place Milwaukee Brewers to continue playing productive baseball. With his ability to play third, short and second with incredible skill, he is a very valuable asset. He also offers a left-handed bat off the bench for manager Craig Counsell to take advantage of.
He also gives Brewers fans an excuse to start wearing their very own pair of Nerd Power spectacles.
How will he stay on the roster? Once Braun returns from the disabled list, Nick Franklin, who is batting .200/.231/.320 in 27 games, looks to be the next likely DFA casualty in Milwaukee in order to keep Nerd Power on the roster.