Jesse Winker has fallen short of expectations through the Brewers' first 50 games.
When you talk about failed expectations, Jesse Winker's name has got to come to the top of the list. While Voit has fallen short as well, the Milwaukee Brewers are paying Winker a hefty sum to post well-below-average numbers as the team's DH.
Winker is limited defensively, and has started fewer than 10 games in the Brewers' outfield. That only makes his lack of punch at the plate even worse. Milwaukee was hoping that Winker's sub-par performance in 2022 was an anomaly. Through the first 50 games of 2023, things don't seem to be getting much better.
After being traded from the Cincinnati Reds in 2022, Winker had the worst season of his major league career with the Seattle Mariners. Winker slashed just .219/.344/.344 with 14 home runs and 103 strikeouts.
Winker was an All-Star in 2021, and that's the type of player the Milwaukee Brewers were hoping they'd get in return for their offseason trade that sent Kolten Wong to the Mariners.
The early results are not promising, but Jesse Winker is still getting plenty of ABs. The slugger has always had a professional approach at the plate and maintained a high on-base percentage. Over the next 50 games, the Brewers will be hoping to see the power numbers increase.