Bold Prediction #4
The Brewers will have 6(!) players with 30+ home runs this season
For the past two seasons, the Milwaukee Brewers have had three players with 30+ home runs in a season. In 2017, it was Travis Shaw, Domingo Santana, and Eric Thames. In 2018, it was Shaw, Jesus Aguilar, and Christian Yelich.
This year, the Brewers will double that number and will have six players with 30+ home runs.
Shaw, Aguilar, and Yelich are all good bets to repeat their 30+ home run performances. Ryan Braun used to hit 30+ home runs in a season regularly, and with his swing change this offseason that emphasizes launch angle, Braun is looking to get back to his 30 home run ways in 2019. Health is the most important factor for Braun reaching this total, but his swing change should help him make the most of his time on the field.
Mike Moustakas had 28 home runs last season and 20 of those came with the Royals. He played in a ballpark that suppressed left handed power. Now he’s going to spend a full season in Miller Park and that should help boost his home run totals. He knocked 38 home runs in 2017 and we could see him do that again in 2019 in a more friendly ballpark.
Yasmani Grandal also has a ton of power, especially coming from the catcher position. Even though he’s a switch hitter, most of Grandal’s power comes from the left side of the plate, and that makes Miller Park a great place for him. He hit 24 home runs last season and that was while playing in the pitcher-friendly ballparks of the NL West. By putting him in the NL Central with more hitter-friendly stadiums and the large number of right handed pitchers in this division, and this should be a career year for Grandal.
Should all these players stay healthy, there’s no reason to believe any of them can’t hit 30 home runs. Six players with 30 home runs is probably some kind of record for this franchise, possibly the league. They can do this.