The best lineup of former Brewers players around the league
- Designated Hitter: Ji-Man Choi
Brewers legend Ji-Man Choi made 12 appearances for the Brew Crew back in 2018, so I’m counting him as an eligible candidate. Choi has had a pretty consistent MLB career, and has turned in a respectable 2022 performance. While he has a wRC+ and OPS+ of 121 on the year, he is also in the 96th percentile in walk rate (13.9) and 92nd percentile in average exit velocity (92.1) per Baseball Savant.
- Starting Pitcher: Zack Greinke
Let me tell you, picking the starting pitcher easily gave me the most trouble. I will admit that Greinke has not been good in 2022. However, neither have many other former Brewers starting pitchers.
I was going to select Wade Miley as he has been statistically probably the best pitcher in the past two seasons, but he has only started 4 games this season as he has battled injuries.
Jordan Lyles was one of the only truly qualified starting pitchers, but he has the 9th highest ERA in the entire MLB among qualified pitchers.
Zach Davies was another that was in consideration, but I chose to go in a different direction. I ultimately I elected to weigh career success with this pick and go with the 6-time all star and 2009 AL Cy Young winner in Zack Greinke.
- Relief Pitcher: Jorge Lopez
It is too soon to even think about Josh Hader being in a “former Brewer” conversation, so I omitted him from consideration out of denial. Jorge Lopez has been fantastic this season. The 2022 All-Star has a 1.75 ERA and 0.99 WHIP on the year to go along with 20 saves. Probably the best relief pitcher to get traded at the deadline, Lopez has put together an impressive 2022 campaign.
- Honorable Mention: Drew Pomeranz. He has put together a great 2022 season as an eighth inning specialist for the Padres and is more than worthy for consideration for this selection.
Feel free to let me know who I might have missed or who you would have chosen instead on twitter! It was a blast putting this together as the Brewers gear up for a weekend battle in Saint Louis with their arch rivals.