The Milwaukee Brewers have started the 2023 season off strong. They currently lead the National League Central Division with a 10-5 record and have a +27 run differential, which is second best in baseball to the Tampa Bay Rays.
Strong performances from the pitching staff as well as the offensive unit have led to the Brewers' early season success. From the offensive side, there have been both some surprise positive contributions from players as well as some unusual or uncharacteristic outcomes so far.
Here, we will take a look at three surprising offensive statistics 15 games into the Brewers' season.
Milwaukee Brewers surprise offensive statistic #1: Willy Adames leads the team in walks.
Shortstop Willy Adames is well known for his power at the plate. Just a season ago he clobbered 31 home runs, but his batting average dropped to just .238 and on base percentage was a sub optimal .298.
To begin the 2023 campaign, Adames has drawn a team-leading 11 walks and has a .388 on base percentage. This 16% walk rate likely won't stand the remainder of the season, but it is nice to see him showing improved discipline early on.
Milwaukee Brewers surprise offensive statistic #2: Garrett Mitchell has not a single stolen a base.
In just about a month's time last season, outfielder Garrett Mitchell was a perfect eight-for-eight in stolen base attempts, part of how he was able to provide such a big spark to the team late in the 2022 season. To begin this year, he is zero-for-zero.
Mitchell has been slumping at the plate over the last week, which has limited his base stealing chances, but this is also surprising as MLB rule changes are thought to be in favor of more stolen bases. So far that has not been the case for this speedster.
Milwaukee Brewers surprise offensive statistic #3: Brian Anderson leads the team in RBI
Offseason addition Brian Anderson has performed very well over the first 15 games. He's not only played very well defensively at both third base and right field, but he's been very productive and clutch at the plate.
Of his team leading 13 RBI, seven of them have came with two outs in the inning. He additionally has a .385 batting average with runners in scoring position. Hopefully he can continue to deliver for the Crew as the season progresses.
There is a lot of the baseball season left, but it is nice to see early season patience at the plate from Adames and results from Anderson in the form of offensive production. Hopefully Garrett Mitchell can get going on the base paths soon as well and the more importantly the Brewers continue their winning ways.