1. Jonathan Lucroy
Years as a Brewer: 2010-2016
Luuuuuuuuc was brought up in the Brewers minor league system and was a huge part during the 2011 postseason run that brought Milwaukee back to a Championship Series for the first time since 1982.
Lucroy recorded a hit against the Twins in his first ever major league at bat, and that should have been a sign to Brewer Nation and to the rest of the MLB, that he was a special player. After his seven years in Milwaukee, he had accumulated a .284 batting average, with 387 RBIs and an OPS of .779.
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Lucroy’s best season came in 2014 when was named to the NL All-Star team and finished fourth in the MVP voting that year with a .301 batting average,13 home runs, and 69 RBIs. In the 2014 season, he also tied Lyle Overbay in the Brewer record books for most doubles in a season with 53.
While Lucroy’s bat gets a lot of deserved attention, his defensive ability as a catcher was just as good. During his seven seasons as catcher in Milwaukee, his worst fielding percentage season was .991. Lucroy was getting it done for the Brewers both as a hitter and calling the game behind home plate.
Lucroy was apart of that special group of young players that included Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun and were able to bring the Milwaukee Brewers back to a championship series. For that, he and the rest of those players will always hold a special place in the hearts of Brewer fans everywhere. During that 2011 postseason, Lucroy put up solid numbers that included a batting average of .250 on 32 at bats, with a home run and five RBIs.
Throughout his entire career he was an important part of the Brewers’ success and a fan favorite. Due to his great regular season play year after year, individual accomplishments, and postseason performance, he received the #1 ranking in my list of top Brewers catchers of all-time.
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