Brewers pre-season bold prediction #2: A Brewers player wins NL Rookie Of The Year
The Brewers entered the year with three rookies earning key jobs: Brice Turang, Garrett Mitchell, and Joey Wiemer. Sal Frelick wasn't far behind. Surely one of them was going to compete for Rookie of the Year given the hype each of them had coming in.
Mitchell, who was having the best campaign of the three early on, got injured in mid-April. As did Sal Frelick, delaying his debut long enough that he's unlikely to compete for ROY votes because his sample size will be smaller.
Wiemer has struggled at the plate and Turang was struggling at the plate too, ultimately even getting demoted back to Triple-A to get going again.
This is all while Diamondbacks rookie Corbin Carroll has been dominant for Arizona, earning an All Star nod in his rookie season and likely running away with the Rookie of the Year crown. It's still possible for one of the Brewers rookies to jump in there and get some votes, but winning the actual award is a longshot.
Brewers pre-season bold prediction #3: Jesse Winker ends up as the Brewers best offseason acquisition
Swap out the word "best" for "worst" and this prediction is spot on. Winker looked good for about the first week or so, but it was all downhill after that. He's put together the worst season of his career, dealing with some injuries but overall just plain ineffectiveness at the plate.
Winker's season long slump is all the more frustrating because he was brought in to be the DH. Hitting is his only job. He doesn't play the field, he's not good at it when he does anyway, and his bat is the only reason he's on the team. And his bat has been non-existent this year.
It took forever for him to get his first home run of the season, and he's still sitting on just one homer and has a .199 average and .567 OPS. Those numbers are worst on the team and are among the worst all time for players who spent nearly all of their time at DH.
William Contreras, Wade Miley, and Joel Payamps are among the best offseason acquisitions the Brewers made, but Jesse Winker is not even close. I'm almost embarrassed at how badly this prediction has turned out, but I wasn't the only one expecting Winker to have a great bounce-back year.