1 player moving up the Brewers depth chart and 2 moving down
By Drew Koch
The Milwaukee Brewers have gotten off to a good start. Sure, not as good as the Pittsburgh Pirates, but Milwaukee fans aren't going to complain.
But while the Brewers as a whole are playing well, some of the pieces on this year's team aren't quite playing up to their potential.
Almost a month into the season, one player has stood out and virtually guaranteed himself a spot in the everyday lineup, while others have raised the concern of Milwaukee faithful. Which player has been moving up the depth and who's beginning to tumble down?
Brewers depth chart: Rowdy Tellez is moving up.
Rowdy Tellez was a nice addition to the Milwaukee Brewers almost two years ago when he was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays via trade. Looking like more of a platoon option at first base, or perhaps the team's DH, Tellez showed plenty of pop during his first season in the Cream City.
But last year brought about some doubts. The power was still there, but a .219 batting average coupled with an on-base percentage barely over .300 gave Brewers fans cause to pause. Enough to even bring in Jesse Winker as a DH option and Luke Voit to sub in at first base if necessary.
News flash - it won't be necessary. Despite Voit playing better of late, Tellez is still slugging his way through the opposition. Tellez is slashing .230/.322/.568 and has an OPS+ of 141. Over the last 15 days, Tellez has posted an OPS of 1.058, which is the best on the team during that time.
Rowdy Tellez has firmly entrenched himself into the Milwaukee Brewers' everyday lineup. Manager Craig Counsell can't afford to give the left-handed slugger a day off at the moment, especially with the rash of injuries that have suddenly struck the Brewers lineup.