I agree with Max in that Eric Thames will be in an awkward spot in the near future. In my mind there just will not be a place for him in the Milwaukee Brewers lineup. However, Travis Shaw needs to remain at third for as long as he is producing.
The thing about this is that not everyone is going to stay at their same position. Of all of the cadidates sitting in the organization, I would say Jake Gatewood is the biggest trade candidate. He is full of talent, but just wouldn’t really fit.
With Shaw holding down third, it will force Lucas Erceg to transition into a first baseman. Or vice versa. That will, hopefully, cap off those position for years to come. That is how I see it going, anyway. And the other point Max makes about Thames going to an Eric Hosmer loser is also brilliant.
Shortstop is pretty much well known. So the biggest, and most fun, debate is going to be who will take over the second base role. Between Mauricio Dubon, Isan Diaz and Keston Hiura, it is anybody’s guess.
Personally, I like Dubon for the spot. He will turn into a reliable hitter and be an excellent middle infield partner with Orlando Arcia. Dubon is someone the Milwaukee Brewers will be penciling in their lineup before 2018 is over.
Hiura will develop into a better hitter. In fact, he probably already is. But his defensive reputation is such that he will be a major liability. An American League team would love to have him for a price that helps the Brewers.
Unfortunately, for Diaz that means he is left out of the pack. Unless he proves he belongs, that is the down side to solid farms. however, he is another candidate to be successful on another team. He does have trade value.
That leaves my predictions and hopes reading as follows:
1B: Lucas Erceg
3B: Travis Shaw
SS: Orlando Arcia