The Milwaukee Brewers saw great performances from certain players in 2018. They also saw numerous players not perform at their best. Here are five players primed for bounceback years in 2019.
Even though a lot of the outside world believes everything went right for the Milwaukee Brewers last year for them to win the division, that team was not performing at 100% efficiency. There were a number of players that didn’t have a great years.
Just because they had bad years, at least for the most part, that doesn’t mean they’re bad players or that they can’t still be productive. These five players are set up perfectly for a better year in 2019 than they had in 2018.
3B Travis Shaw
If you look at Travis Shaw‘s 32 home runs last year, you may wonder how he had a down year at all, considering he set a new career high. His 119 OPS+ isn’t too shabby either.
But Shaw’s batting average dipped from .273 in 2017 down to .241 last season. That’s a huge drop, and the underlying cause in that drop: bad luck.
Shaw’s batting average on balls in play (BABIP) last year was .242, an incredibly low number given his career BABIP of .286. If his BABIP was anywhere close to his career average, Shaw’s batting average would’ve jumped way up and his OBP and RBI numbers would’ve jumped up as well.
I would expect a similar amount of home runs from Shaw this year, but with more singles and doubles as well, with the rest of his numbers increasing with a more standard BABIP. He cut down on his strikeouts and drew more walks last season. If he can continue that trend and see his batting average and OBP increase, Shaw will become an even more dominating presence in the heart of the Brewers lineup.
He’ll be back at his normal position at third base this year, and with some better luck, Shaw’s going to be a scary hitter for opposing pitching staffs this year.