Milwaukee Brewers: First Half Grades for the Outfielders and Designated Hitters

Christian Yelich has been a revelation and another young outfielder has held his own. After that, though?

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OF Tyrone Taylor

After failing to guarantee himself a spot in Milwaukee's future over the last few years, Tyrone Taylor was potentially on the roster bubble early on this season. An early trip to the injured list delayed any possible decision in that regard and then the vacancy in right field gave him the chance to prove he still deserves a longer look.

But in 27 games after returning from injury, Taylor slashed a lowly .160/.179/.240 with 21 strikeouts compared to only two walks. He is now back on the injured list again and on a rehab assignment in Triple-A, but does he actually return to the big league roster once he's ready this time?

Grade: D-

OF Garrett Mitchell

After providing a nice spark for the Brewers down the stretch in his first season in the majors, Garrett Mitchell was off to a nice start to 2023, slashing .259/.306/.466 in 16 games with a trio of homers, including one of the walkoff variety. Then, like it did to many others, the injury bug hit.

Mitchell suffered an injury sliding into third base and ended up having to undergo surgery in late April. There's a chance that he returns very late in 2023 but has just a good a chance of missing the rest of the season. Brewers fans will hope for the former.

Grade: INC

DH Luke Voit

Designated hitter Luke Voit is a perfect example of the fact that spring training performances and stats often don't mean anything. Fans were clamoring for his addition to the roster after his strong play in Cactus League and the team ended up obliging. After that, well....

In 22 games, Voit slashed just .221/.284/.265 with three doubles and no homers. That's not great for a player whose sole job is to hit. He would later hit the IL and go on a rehab with Triple-A Nashville, but he would never return to the club, instead being designated for assignment and subsequently released.

Grade: F

OF Raimel Tapia

After being released by the Red Sox in June, the Brewers signed Raimel Tapia shortly thereafter needing some extra outfield depth. Similarly to Perkins, he has had some nice moments and scored some timely runs, but the numbers haven't jumped off the page or anything.

In 16 games, Tapia is slashing .179/.298/.333 with a couple homers as his only base hits. For now, we'll give him the benefit of the doubt due to his low amount of games played and grade him the same way we did Mitchell.

Grade: INC

Yelich's bounceback has been a welcome sight, Wiemer has shown promise, and the loss of Mitchell was a killer, but the rest of this group's performances have been subpar as best. Someone will need to step up going forward otherwise a trade deadline acquisition might cost someone their roster spot.

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