By no means was the Milwaukee Brewers offense perfect in 2022. However, compared to other offenses across MLB, it more than held its own from a run producing standpoint.
Brewers fans probably would have liked to see more consistency from the offense, especially at critical times in the game, a fact that David Stearns echoed in his end-of-year press conference. But the bottom line is that Milwaukee scored 4.48 runs per game last season, the same as the previous year and the 10th best mark in the league.
Of course, one player can’t do it all on offense. A number of different Brewers players led various statistical categories in order to place the Crew’s offense in the top third of the league. But which players led which stats?
Here are your statistical leaders among Brewers position players for the 2022 season.
Home Runs – Rowdy Tellez
The Brewers home run race was a back-and-forth affair for much of the season with Rowdy Tellez and Willy Adames battling for the crown and Hunter Renfroe at times entering the battle as well. In the end, Tellez came out on top, ending the season with 35 bombs, the 5th most by any NL player and tied for 8th most in MLB.
Adames would fall a few homers shy of Tellez with 31 homers while Renfroe (29) would fall one home run short of giving the team three players with 30+ homers. Meanwhile, the 35 homers by Tellez would set a new career high, surpassing the 21 he hit during his 2019 season.
RBIs and Doubles – Willy Adames
Though he would fall short in the Crew’s home run race, Adames would end the 2022 season as the team’s top run producer with his 98 runs batted in, a number that was probably boosted by the fact that he also led the team in doubles for the year with 31.
Though the 98 RBIs represented a new career high for Adames, his 31 doubles were one shy of his total from the previous season. Tellez (89) finished a distant second in RBIs while Christian Yelich and Andrew McCutchen (25) tied for second in doubles.
Batting Average, Slugging, and OPS – Hunter Renfroe
Just five Brewers players ended up playing in enough games to qualify for the statistical categories on the slash line. Renfroe, acquired last offseason to provide an offensive upgrade over Jackie Bradley Jr and the departing Avisail Garcia, nearly ended up sweeping every category for Milwaukee in his first season for the team.
Renfroe would end up leading the team in batting average (.255), slugging percentage (.492), and OPS (.807) among qualified Brewers hitters. Yelich (.252) would finish behind him in average while Tellez would place second in both slugging (.461) and OPS (.767).
OBP, Runs Scored, and Stolen Bases – Christian Yelich
After another somewhat slow start to the season, Yelich found a new type of success when manager Craig Counsell inserted him into the leadoff spot midseason. It showed once again that if you can just get the former MVP on base, there’s a high likelihood that good things will happen.
Yelich used that boost to easily finish in the team lead among qualified hitters with his .355 on base percentage while also scoring 99 runs and stealing 19 bases. It also allowed him to finish 11th in all of MLB in runs scored and 8th in the National League in the stat.
Triples (Tie) – Yelich and Kolten Wong
That would not be the only top 10 statistical finish in the NL for Yelich in 2022. He would also finish in a tie for 9th with four triples, an honor he shared with Brewers second baseman Kolten Wong.
For Yelich, it helped him terrorize the Reds once again in hitting for the third cycle of his career just against that team. For Wong, it tied the second-most triples he has ever had in a season and was the third season in which he has done so in his career.
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In the end, it wasn’t a terrible offensive season for the Brewers in 2022, especially for these players. The challenge will be getting that offense to be more consistent in 2023.