Brewers: 2 Players Who Have Redeemed Themselves, 2 With Something Still To Prove
By Tyler Koerth
The halfway point of the regular season is rapidly approaching. While the Milwaukee Brewers head into Monday’s contest tied with the Cardinals atop the NL Central division, some players have so far exceeded expectations, while others are still looking to do so.
We now mostly have enough statistics to gauge if players are having a good or bad season. In this article we will take a look at two Brewer players who have redeemed themselves so far and two who still have something to prove.
Here are two Milwaukee Brewers players who have redeemed themselves in 2022.
RHP – Trevor Gott
Although Trevor Gott is currently sidelined with a groin injury that was sustained on June 6th against the Padres, the Brewers pitching coaches have positively impacted Gott’s performance. Since joining the Crew, Gott has developed a cutter and it is now his primary pitch, one in which hitters are hitting just .167 against it.
Overall, Gott has tossed 21 innings this season. He has surrendered nine earned runs, which equates to a 3.86 ERA. He has become a reliable arm in the Brewers bullpen and hopefully he can re-join the team soon!
LHP – Hoby Milner
The soft throwing left-handed reliever, Hoby Milner, has been great out of the bullpen this year. In 29 innings pitched he owns a 2.17 ERA. This is drastically better than his career 4.13 ERA and the 5.40 ERA that he had in 2021 with the Brewers.
This year, Milner has ditched the four seam fastball and has been throwing a sinker as his primary pitch. His ground ball rate has sky rocketed as a result and current sits at 58.1%. For reference, in 2021 his ground ball percentage was just 28.1% and his career average is 42.9%.
On the other hand, here are two Brewers players who still have something to prove.
OF – Tyrone Taylor
In 2021, we saw Tyrone Taylor perform quite well in limited playing while he was at the bottom of an outfield rotation that included Chrisitan Yelich, Avisail Garcia, Lorenzo Cain, and Jackie Bradley Jr. This year, Cain was struggling and Taylor ended up seeing uptick in playing time. With Cain now designated for assignment, Taylor is going to get a chance to be the everyday center fielder.
So far, the results have been mixed with Taylor. He went through a seven-game stretch in May where he recorded a RBI in every contest including three home runs in four days. He has cooled recently, though, as his June batting average is currently .157 and his on base percentage is just .189.
On the season, Taylor sports just an 86 wRC+, so he does still have a lot to prove as the season progresses, especially now that he should be receiving even more playing time.
RHP – Jason Alexander
Over four career starts, 29-year-old Jason Alexander has had good results in the big leagues. He has pitched 22.1 innings and has not allowed more than two earned runs in any of his starts. His sinker has allowed him to generate a lot of ground balls and work around runners created partially by the eight batters he has walked.
Alexander has found himself in the starting rotation due to injuries to Freddy Peralta and Brandon Woodruff. Brandon Woodruff is scheduled to continue a rehab stint and it will be interesting to see how his return impacts Alexander.
Alexander has pitched quite well so far and is certainly deserving of continuing to pitch for the Brewers. If he does stick around once the Brewers get, and hopefully stay, healthy, he will have to continue to pitch well to earn even more appearances.
There is still plenty of baseball to be played this season, but so far Hoby Milner and Trevor Gott have been pleasant surprises in the bullpen. Hopefully they can continue on their current path and finish the year strong.
Tyrone Taylor has shown glimpses of being a capable everyday center fielder, but needs to show more consistency at the plate. Jason Alexander has been good so far, but his future role is up in the air and may be dependent upon the health of other pitchers.
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It should be fun to see how these four players perform as the Brewers dig into the second half of the season!