Grading the Milwaukee Brewers rookies through the first quarter of the 2024 season

The Milwaukee Brewers' roster is full of rookies and we grade them on their start to the season
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Tyler Black

Tyler Black is another that had been competing for the spot at third base and his hot start in Triple-A Nashville rightly saw him called up to the Brewers. He was called up on April 30th but was optioned back on May 8th despite a solid outing but it allows him to continue getting everyday at-bats to hone his craft.

In the minors, he is hitting .303/.384/.521 with six home runs and 23 RBIs. As expected he found it tougher in the majors but still put up a respectable .227/.261/.318 as he registered five hits in seven games. Black showed glimpses of what could be the Brewers starting third baseman in the future and he may well be back up to battle for the position later in the season.

Since Black was primarily at first base and DH when he was called up, Christian Yelich's return pushed him back to Nashville. His ability to play first base may be something to be considered with Rhys Hoskins currently on the IL and out for the next 2-4 weeks.

The third ranked prospect in the Brewers organization has a bright future and there is no doubt he will get that opportunity again if he keeps up what he is doing in Nashville. It will become hard to ignore him.

Grade: B

Tobias Myers

Tobias Myers has been called up to the Brewers on two occassions due to the injuries in the starting rotation and his first outings were solid, but he really struggled since and was perhaps victim to those injuries and needing to be called up earlier than ideal.

He was a sixth round pick by the Orioles back in 2016 and has been working through the minors with the Rays, Guardians, Giants and White Sox before being signed to the Brewers in late 2022. In 2023 he finished the year with a 4.93 ERA and 10-5 record across 29 games for Double-A Biloxi. This season, he's pitched five games and lowered that ERA to just 1.45 with an opponent batting average of just .191.

Myers was called up when Wade Miley went to the IL and made his debut against the Pirates in April, where he gave up a home run on his first pitch. He bounced back and gave up just four hits, gave up no further runs and struck out four. Since then he has found it tough, giving up four runs to the Yankees and Cubs and most recently, a run to the Cardinals in a solid outing.

17 strikeouts across 17 innings pitched is respectable but it is tough to avoid the earned runs and his ERA is up at 5.29. There are glimpses of being a solid rotational piece and he can strike out batters, but he just needs to keep the ball in the park.

Grade: C+

Chris Roller

Chris Roller was only called up on May 15th so it is too early to really judge his MLB performance as he has only had one at-bat. However, we can see his production in the minors and in 14 games in Nashville he is hitting .250/.276/.357 which is around average for the duration of his minor league career.

He has yet to hit a home run in 2024 but did hit 15 in 2023 in the minors for the Guardians before he was traded to the Brewers for cash. Roller might not see too much in the way of playing time but if he does, any form of offensive production will add to the Brewers 73 runs scored in the 14 games in May so far.

Grade: N/A

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