How are these seven members of the 2023 Brewers doing with their new teams?

Let's check in on how these former Brewers are doing with their new ball clubs.
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Despite being a popular regression candidate heading into Opening Day, the Milwaukee Brewers are off to a very strong start to the 2024 season. They hold a two-game lead in the National League Central as they approach Memorial Day weekend, and they've received valuable contributions all throughout the roster in the early goings of the season.

Impressively, the Brewers have managed this success in spite of facing a good bit of roster turnover this offseason. The Crew made a handful of significant moves this winter, as they parted ways with several pieces who were key contributors in 2023 or beyond.

Just over a quarter of the way through the 2024 MLB season, let's check in on some of these former Brewers and see how they are performing with their new ball clubs.

Stats and ranks taken prior to first pitch on May 22.

RHP Corbin Burnes - Baltimore Orioles

To little surprise, Corbin Burnes has continued his dominance with the Baltimore Orioles. Across 59.2 innings pitched, Burnes is pitching to the tune of a 2.56 ERA to go with a WHIP of 1.04. He's near the top of the American League in several metrics, and all signs point to him being a finalist for the AL Cy Young Award come season's end.

Burnes has leaned upon his secondary pitches a bit more this season, and it's yielding positive results thus far. While he is hovering around league average in terms of quality of contact allowed (7.5% barrel rate, 36.5% hard-hit rate, 88.4 mph average exit velocity), a lot of that hard contact has been hit on the ground. In fact, Burnes is inducing ground balls at the highest rate of his career.

Burnes has an average launch angle against of just 8.1 degrees, which is the lowest of his career. In turn, he is generating a career-high 52.2% ground ball rate, which is over an eight percent increase from a season ago. He's successfully limiting damaging contact by keeping the ball on the ground more often, and he's doing it while still commanding his pitches at a high level.

He's cut his walk rate to just 6.4%, which is a two percent drop from his number last season. Additionally, he's maintained his impressive strikeout totals, as he sits in the 70th percentile in strikeout rate at 25.6%, according to Baseball Savant.

Burnes' steadiness and consistency at the top of the rotation has been extremely valuable for the Orioles. Set to hit free agency at the end of the year, Burnes appears primed for yet another stellar season and remains one of the best pitchers in the sport.