Honorable Mentions: Josh Hader (2016) & Orlando Arcia (2015)
These two get only honorable mentions because they have not had significant time playing for the Milwaukee Brewers. However, it would be wrong not to mention two successful parts of the team that sits in first place in the NL Central at the end of the first half.
Hader did not start as a Brewer. But by the time the Futures Game came calling for him, he was. He is one of the most exciting young pitchers the team has. He has provided excellent work out of the bullpen in 2017, although his ceiling projects him to be a front of the rotation starter. His live fastball and wipeout slider can carry him to great heights in the majors.
Out of the bullpen, he went over nine innings without giving up a run. He finally surrendered his first in the last appearance before the All-Star break. His reliability throwing from the left side has given Craig Counsell options once the staters are out of the game. It can be said that Hader as solidified himself for an MLB spot.
Arcia has proven himself valuable to the Milwaukee infield. Even with all the moving parts, he is a player who needs to be a mainstay. He just has fun with the game too. What other player would be running after a foul ball, then take a bite of a fans ice cream? It is always good to have that kind of personality in the clubhouse.
But he is more than just a jokester. Arcia can play. At the age of 22, he is hitting .283 on the year with 30 RBIs. The more impressive number is his .326 BABIP. That means when he gets the bat on the ball, he is as good as any hitter. His contact converts nicely into getting on base safely.