On April 20th the Milwaukee Brewers traded cash to the Chicago White Sox for infielder Tyler Saladino and sent him to Triple-A. On May 9th, Saladino got the call to the Major League roster. Unexpectedly, He has made a very big impact on this team in his short time.
Since getting to Milwaukee, Tyler Saladino has a 1.056 OPS with three home runs (one inside the park), 10 total hits and five runs scored in 29 at bats. For a team that was struggling getting production from the bats of the middle infielders, this hot stretch from Saladino came at a very good time.
Can Saladino handle the everyday shortstop role?
Defensively, Saladino plays both shortstop and second base. He has done both in his time with the Milwaukee Brewers. He will primarily play at shortstop for the time being. With Saladino’s hot stretch, and young shortstop Orlando Arcia struggling, Arcia was sent down to Triple-A.
It is expected that Arcia won’t be in Triple-A for long. This is just a short stint to get his bat back on track and to get his confidence up. Saladino is fine defensively, but the Brewers will miss Arcia’s incredible defensive talent. However, the Brewers need players to produce offensively as well as offensively to stay in the big leagues. Arcia just wasn’t getting it done.
Will Saladino’s production continue?
The simple fact that Saladino came to the Milwaukee Brewers with very little expectations, and took Arcia’s spot is impressive in itself. It is still a small sample size. We’ll have to see if Saladino can continue his hot hitting. If he can, it’s just another name in the mix of the middle infield carousel of the Brewers. Hopefully one that can right the ship.
Saladino has been a key contributor to the recent success of the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers will need his continued success. Middle infield has been one of the few positions in question for the team since the off-season. With Arcia’s struggles, it has only been amplified. Saladino has been another huge under the radar move made by GM David Stearns. Whether he gets the opportunity to continue depends on Arcia’s adjustment in Triple-A, and Saladino’s success.