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Hot Spring, Hot Season?

How Crew fared in Phoenix

March 27, 2019 - 3:08 pm

By Daniel Plocher:

The first Milwaukee Brewers Spring Training season at American Family Fields of Phoenix is in the books. With Opening Day coming Thursday, here is a quick recap of who was hot (and who was not) at Spring Training 2019.

Who’s hot?

Jesús Aguilar, 1B

Aguilar had a .349 batting average with 10 RBI, four doubles and a homer in 43 at-bats this spring. Another big year from the big fella could provide a huge spark for this offense throughout the season.

Orlando Arcia, SS

‘Lando was a major part of the playoff push and the NLCS run last season, and the hot streak he ended 2018 on seems to have carried through to 2019. Spring Training results were pretty solid for No. 3; he hit .288 with a home run, two doubles, and eight RBI in his 52 at-bats in Phoenix.

Jhoulys Chacín, RHP

Chacín threw 14 innings down in Phoenix and gave up only four earned runs while striking out eight. He allowed just a .104 opponent batting average.

Josh Hader, LHP

Simply put, Josh Hader killed it this spring. Hader struck out eight of the first nine batters he faced, putting him in mid-season form before the regular season has even begun. His 0.68 WHIP and .080 opponent batting average was tops among the Major-League staff.

Brandon Woodruff, RHP

The newly-minted starter/opener/initial out-getter made five starts and pitched 17.2 innings this spring. In that time, he gave up 11 hits and struck out 26 – his strikeout figure tied Corbin Burnes for the most in Spring camp.

Christian Yelich, RF

The top gun of the roster has continued his MVP-caliber play from last season. In 41 at-bats this spring, Yelich hit .439 with five doubles, four homers, and nine RBI’s. He also scored 10 runs for the Cactus Crew.

Who’s not?

Chase Anderson, RHP

Anderson was vying for a rotation spot, but instead will start the season in the Brewers bullpen. He posted a 6.19 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and surrendered a team-high four home runs in his 16 innings on the mound.

Corbin Burnes, RHP

Burnes has entered the Crew’s rotation to start the season, but it’s certainly not based on what the Cactus League box score shows. He allowed 24 hits and 15 runs in just 18.2 innings. However, he did tie Brandon Woodruff with 26 strikeouts to lead the Spring squad.

Zach Davies, RHP

Some experienced pitchers were not very productive on the stat sheet, and Davies was no exception. In 21.1 innings, Davies allowed 17 earned runs for a 7.17 ERA – worst among the eventual big-league staff.

Travis Shaw, 3B

The solidified starter at third base, Shaw’s Spring could be described as boom or bust. He belted five homers and 12 RBI. However, Shaw also had 23 strikeouts in just 50 at-bats and hit .280 against largely mediocre Spring pitching.

The good news is that Spring Training largely is just a warm-up for the regular season. It appears that some Brewers needed it a little more than others to get going before Opening Day. The Brewers begin the season at home against the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday at 1:10.