1. The Young Starting Pitchers Step Up To The Challenge
The biggest key to success for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2019 is the heart of their starting rotation: 22 year old Freddy Peralta, 24 year old Corbin Burnes, and 26 year old Brandon Woodruff. The Brewers are trusting that these three pitchers will react well to being rotation regulars and can continue their upward trajectory after spending most of last season either in the minors or in the bullpen.
There aren’t many teams that consider themselves World Series contenders that are also starting three pitchers that will be in their first full season in the big league rotation.
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These three were all highly touted prospects, and come with great pedigrees. But prospect scouting reports and hype can sometimes just go out the window once a player makes it to the big leagues.
If all three of them falter in their first season, the rotation’s weaknesses will be glaring, and there aren’t enough in-house replacements to make up for it. The Nelson return would be even more crucial and the need for another starting pitcher at the July deadline would grow bigger. Critics would go after GM David Stearns for not adding someone in free agency or a trade during the winter.
The likelihood of all three failing this season though, luckily is quite small. If healthy, these three have all shown the ability to succeed at the big league level.
Peralta, Burnes, and Woodruff will make up the core of the Brewers starting rotation moving into the future, and sometimes you just have to let the kids play and see what they can do. If they all step up, meet the challenge, and succeed, this rotation is going to be scary come October. They all gained valuable experience last year, and are now locked and loaded for 2019.
The rotation is going to have to pick up some of the slack they left behind last year and perform better. The bulk of that load is falling on these youngsters. If they succeed, this team will be unstoppable.
The Milwaukee Brewers have a lot of faith in these pitchers and the rest of this team to perform like they did last year. If their faith is rewarded with success, I think the fans will be rewarded with a parade at the end of this season.