The Milwaukee Brewers have gotten off to a solid start through the first 50 games of the 2023 season. Craig Counsell's group is, somewhat surprisingly, occupying first place in the National League Central Division.
The Brewers have seen a handful of players get off to a rather surprising start, while, unfortunately, a couple others have fallen short of expectations.
Which two Brewers players have overachieved through the first 50 games of 2023 and who hasn't lived up to the hype?
Rowdy Tellez has exceeded expectations through the Brewers' first 50 games.
It's fair to say that expectations for Brewers first baseman Rowdy Tellez were slightly raised after his first full season in a Milwaukee uniform last season. But the 28-year-old has gone above and beyond through the first 50 games of the Brewers' 2023 season.
Tellez has always had tremendous raw power. Even on a roster with Willy Adames, Jesse Winker, and Christian Yelich, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Tellez is leading the team in home runs. But Tellez is ranking near the top of the league in round trippers with names like Pete Alonso, Matt Olson, and Kyle Schwarber.
The addition of Luke Voit has not had any bearing on Rowdy Tellez's playing time whatsoever. In fact, Tellez has flat-out outplayed the free agent signee and has no competition for playing time at first base.
The Milwaukee Brewers are hoping the increase in Tellez's walk rate from last season continues beyond just the first 50 games. If Tellez can continue to draw walks about 12 percent of the time while also slugging over .500, he'll more than surpass the expectations that the Brewers' brass and fanbase had for the slugger this season.