Milwaukee Brewers: Future Present Ronnie Gideon
The Milwaukee Brewers have a lot of young talent on their roster as it stands. Those players can certainly be considered gifts to the roster. Throughout the day, I want to sprinkle in some future presents the team will receive in the coming years.
Kicking off the list is Ronnie Gideon. This potential future present for the Milwaukee Brewers spent a the season playing for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. While playing for the A ball team, he showed his greatest tool, power. The first baseman is able to drive the ball.
A disclaimer to go along with Gideon is that he will take quite a bit of polishing. At 23, he will need to figure things out quickly. But, that being said it is not a hard to find the area that needs improvement.
This Texas A&M graduate is built well. He stands at 6’2″ and knows how to use that power in his swing. In two seasons in MiLB, Gideon has launched 31 homers. That translates to a round tripper every 20 at bats.
In 2016, he even posted a batting average over .300 for Helena Brewers. That is what got him to Wisconsin for 2017. That introductory season to professional baseball is one of the more impressive showings someone could have. But not everything is positive.
Unfortunately, that batting average dropped to .228 in 2017. That is largely due to the strikeouts. In 113 games, Gideon struck out 133 times. Wow. But, that is not new, in 2016 the numbers prove to be very similar, 69 strikeouts in 59 games.
If he drops the strikeout totals, then watch out. Gideon is a special talent with the bat, and there are flashes of it throughout any season he plays. It stands to reason that he will adjust to professional pitching in the coming years. But, if he doesn’t, this is a present that may not be opened.
There are not high hopes for the Milwaukee Brewers 23rd round pick in 2016. The draft position alone stacks the odds against Gideon. But the power in his bat might be enough to carry him far enough to make the MLB.
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Gideon’s future is really in his hands. If he can lower the strikeout numbers, he will succeed. But if he continues to post gaudy numbers, then he will enjoy a career in the MiLB. This future present represents a rocket launcher with a bat in his hands, but he may stay wrapped.