With the impending return of Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Jonathan Villar in the next couple of days, will we see a change in the starting nine? Has fan favorite, Eric Sogard earned the starting second base job?
Since being recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs, Eric “Nerd Power” Sogard has been absolutely terrific. It seems he is making gold glove caliber plays and driving in clutch runs night after night.
If he continues this pace the rest of the season, there should be a movie to commemorate him. Maybe that is going too far, but it would be a cool idea for a comic book that the Brewers could produce called “The Chronicles of Nerd Power”.
His stats are almost superhero-like. He is slashing .366/.466/.554 with three home runs, and 14 RBIs in only 35 games.
He has committed one error, while he has had a total of 113 chances between four different positions. Most of his chances have come at second base.
With Villar due back soon, should the Milwaukee Brewers really bench such a valuable asset to the team? Before hitting the disabled list, Villar was not exactly tearing the cover off of the baseball.
In his first season in navy blue and gold last year, he hit .285/.369/.457 with 19 home runs and 63 RBIs with most of his production coming at the top of the order. This season is a different story as he is batting at a clip of .213/.283/.342 with six home runs and 26 RBIs.
If there was ever a case of needing to earn your job back then this is a perfect example.
With the Milwaukee Brewers needing all the production they can get as they fight for an unexpected division title, they need to make the right call. There will need to be a really tough decision made when Villar returns from his rehab assignment with the Single-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. Continue with Sogard at second, and use Villar as a super sub? Or Villar at second and Sogard off the bench?
Hopefully, we will see a fierce battle between the last year’s awesome second baseman and this year’s awesome second baseman. Maybe the competition will help Villar find his form and boost the Brewers offense.