Tomorrow starts December, which means 2022 is almost a wrap. It also brings us to another chance to look back on the most recent Milwaukee Brewers season.
It also means that today was Spotify Wrapped release day for those who celebrate! Each year around this time, Spotify provides its listeners with lists of the top songs, podcasts, and genres that they listened to over the previous year.
Today, we're looking at the 2022 Brewers season in the same way. So here is your 2022 edition of Brewers Wrapped!
Top Brewers Players of 2022
1. RHP Devin Williams
After the Brewers traded All-Star closer Josh Hader, fellow All-Star reliever Devin "The Airbender" Williams slid into his role as the Crew's main closer. Williams was the most outspoken player after the team's post-trade deadline slide, but also one of the most consistent in the second half of the season.
The former Reliever of the Year handled his displeasure with the move on the field a lot better than he did off it, redeeming himself this season in the eyes of many fans who were displeased with his self-inflicted injury-induced absence during last year's postseason. Williams finished 2022 with a 1.93 ERA and 15 saves.
2. SS Willy Adames
A supposed trade target of many teams this offseason, Willy Adames is a stud on and off the field. Though his numbers overall dropped from the 2021 season, the shortstop was still one of the more reliable pieces of the Crew's offense.
Adames led the team in RBI with 98 and finished second in the team's home run race just behind Rowdy Tellez with 31. He also led the team's morale in the dugout and the locker room as he always seemed to be the first to congratulate a teammate after a great play or drag them to ring the home run bell.
3. OF Hunter Renfroe
Hunter Renfroe, the recently traded outfielder, was arguably the most electric bat in the Crew's lineup. With 29 home runs, he was in the race for the team lead along with Tellez and Adames, the eventual 1st and 2nd place finishers, despite the fact that he spent two stints on the injured list. He also had a powerful arm that led to 11 outfield assists.
4. RHP Corbin Burnes
Though Corbin Burnes had some backslide from his 2021 Cy Young season, he still performed at an extremely high caliber and finished in 7th place in this year's race. The issue for Burnes this season was consistency.
When he was in a groove, Burnes was lights out, a batter's worst nightmare. However, when he slipped up, he stayed down: he had four games where he gave up five earned runs whereas he had just one such game the previous season. Whether this was a mental issue or performance related, it wasn't ideal, but the good stretches still majorly outweighed the bad.
5. RHP Brandon Woodruff
The other half of the Brewers' 1-2 starting pitching punch had himself quite the season. Brandon Woodruff finished just behind Burnes with a 3.05 ERA while winning 13 games.
Though he missed about a month early in the season due to injury, Woodruff bounced back like he was never hurt. He gave up more than three earned runs just once in his 18 games after coming off the injured list.
Top Brewers Moments of 2022
1. Rowdy Tellez's Stolen Base - August 5th
One of the top moments for the Brewers in 2022 also happened to be one of the funniest. With only the second Major League stolen base in his career, Rowdy Tellez had the moment of the game, and possibly the season, on August 5th against the Reds.
2. Garrett Mitchell and Keston Hiura Walk Off - September 16th
Brewers late season call up Garrett Mitchell brought the energy this year. He had his first big league walkoff on September 16th against the New York Yankees with a single that drove in Keston Hiura in the bottom of the 9th inning.
3. Mike Brosseau Pinch-Hit Grand Slam vs. the Yankees - September 21st
Mike Brosseau had a habit of clutch moments this season, especially as an incredible pinch hitter. The biggest of these was on September 21st in the heat of the Brewers' playoff push to secure a late season win against the New York Yankees with a pinch-hit grand slam.
4. Jonathan Davis' Catch of the Year - June 29th
While the Jonathan Davis era in Milwaukee wasn't particularly great on the offensive end, he made an insane catch against the Rays on June 29th. He literally put his life on the line to get the out, slamming his head into the outfield wall. Davis eventually did leave the game but was okay. As a result, the Brewers secured a win and, at the time, a division lead over the Cardinals.
5. The Brewers' Entire Month of May
May saw the Brewers best 50-game start in franchise history as they finished the month with a record of 32-18. The previously historically lagging offense was on fire and took some pressure off of the pitching staff to be perfectly pristine. They led the NL Central, had the fourth best record in all of Major League Baseball, and were managing even with a number of players out with injuries.
While that pace slowed and eventually completely fizzled, May was an exciting time to be a Brewers fan and gave everyone hopes for the rest of the season.
For better or for worse, the 2022 season has come to an end. Though the ending wasn't what anyone wanted, there were many highlights and memorable moments to reflect upon!