Brewers Trade Deadline Need #2: A Solution At First Base
The Milwaukee Brewers need an answer at first base. An everyday, this is the guy to pencil in solution would make this Brewers team look so much better.
First base has been a revolving door not only this year, but for the past decade essentially. Ever since Prince Fielder left, the Brewers have been searching for a long-term solution. Every year they try someone new, but they don’t stick around long.
But the difference between this year and previous years is that the Brewers have been able to find one guy who can hold down the position for the entire season. In 2021, they have had a revolving door inside of their revolving door.
Keston Hiura was Plan A at first base with Daniel Vogelbach as Plan B, and the expected big bat off the bench. But Hiura has been awful all season, posting a .167 average and .570 OPS to this point. He’s been slightly better of late, but not enough to feel confident he can adequately produce in the lineup down the stretch.
The Brewers have Vogelbach on the IL with a hamstring strain, and he was solid before the injury, but also not good enough to prevent another acquisition. They acquired Tellez shortly after Vogelbach’s injury to fill the void while Hiura figured things out, but he also hasn’t impressed, being just 1-for-12 since coming over.
At this point, their best option at first base might be Jace Peterson, who has been in a hot stretch at the plate while filling in for Kolten Wong and can spend time at first base to keep his bat in the lineup. But can they depend on Peterson to outperform his career numbers and keep this up the rest of the year?
When Travis Shaw comes back, he can play first base since Urias has done so well at third. But he wasn’t hitting well before and might be best served in a platoon or in that veteran bench role.
Despite a number of internal options, none appear very great. The Brewers need to find a consistent solution for the final two months of the regular season and for the postseason at a very important offensive position.
They’re giving their internal options opportunities to prove they can handle it, but unless someone takes hold of that spot, and it doesn’t look like any will, the Brewers need to acquire a full time solution for the rest of the season.