To say that the Brewers offense has been disappointing as of late would be an understatement. Not only are they failing to just record hits and get on base, but they are terrible at hitting with runners in scoring position. It has been a very frustrating past couple of weeks to say the least.
It did initially appear that the Brewers were going to weather the injury storm, but this current group of players is struggling mightily.
Everyone has their own input on changes to make, but in this article we are going to highlight three minor league players who could provide a spark offensively.
1) Dee Strange-Gordon
Throughout his 10 years in the big leagues, Strange-Gordon is a career .286 hitter, has 333 career stolen bases, 1,100 hits, and 234 RBIs. Even at age 33, Strange-Gordon still possesses great speed because in his last full MLB season (2019) he stole 22 bases. His ability to make an impact on the base paths would be a major boost to this offense.
The biggest limiting factor for Strange-Gordon at this time is what role would he play. At this point in his career he projects best as a second basemen, but with back to back Gold Glove award winner Kolton Wong there, that is not an option. Should Strange-Gordon get called up he would be best used as a utility infielder.
Currently in Triple-A, through eight games, Strange-Gordon is 12-for-34, hitting .353 with a .918 OPS.
2) Hernan Perez
About one week ago the Brewers smartly brought back Hernan Perez on a minor league deal. He is currently stationed at the team’s Triple-A affiliate the Nashville Sounds. In just 12 at-bats he has five hits that includes one home run and two doubles.
A long time super-utility player for the Brewers, Perez is also a great clubhouse guy. We know long term he would not be a solution to the teams offensive woes, but he is more than capable of providing a spark with his bat and personality. What he would bring to the clubhouse and the dugout would be extremely valuable.
3) Zach Green
The Brewers signed Zach Green to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training back in December. At the time of the signing he had the potential to be a surprise contributor, and despite a strong spring training he did not make the 40 man roster.
As a corner infielder who hits from the right side with power, this fits what the Brewers currently need at the major league level. At the Triple-A level in 2019 he hit 25 home runs and in just eight at bats this minor league season he already has four home runs. It may not be much longer before Zach Green replaces Pablo Reyes on the major league roster.
All three of these players in Strange-Gordon, Perez, and Green are all currently not on the 40 man roster. It’s clear that David Stearns wanted major league ready depth in the minor leagues so to me it is just a matter of time before at least one of these players gets a shot with the Brewers.