Milwaukee Brewers 2011 Preview

2010 Record: 77-85

2011 Projected Roster

  • Catchers: Jonathan Lucroy, George Kottaras
  • Infielders: Rickie Weeks, Prince Fielder, Casey McGehee, Yuniesky Betancourt, Mat Gamel, Craig Counsell
  • Outfielders: Ryan Braun, Corey Hart, Carlos Gomez, Mark Kotsay, Chris Dickerson
  • Starters: Zack Grienke, Yovani Gallardo, Shawn Marcum, Randy Wolf, Chris Narveson
  • Bullpen: John Axford, LaTroy Hawkins, Takashi Saito, Cameron Lowe, Zach Braddock, Sean Green, Manny Parra

Notable Signings

  1. Zack Grienke: traded for 4 players
  2. Yuniesky Betancourt: traded for 4 players
  3. Takashi Saito: 1 year, $1.75MM
  4. Shawn Marcum: traded for infield prospect

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notable Losses

  1. Alcides Escobar
  2. Trevor Hoffman
  3. Dave Bush
  4. Todd Coffey

Top Prospects

  1. Mark Rogers: RHP
  2. Wily Peralta: RHP
  3. Amaury Rivas: RHP

Key Position Battles

  • Center Field: Carlos Gomez vs. Chris Dickerson – This is really not much of a battle as Gomez is a heavy favorite but the Brewcrew should give them both  a look this spring. Both players are pretty pathetic at the plate but Gomez brings solid speed and defense to the table and should be able to take the starting job. Center Field Pick: Carlos Gomez

21 Days until Opening Day 2011

The Brewers are one of my favorite teams going into the 2011 season. They had one of the top offenses in the National League last season and now have added pieces to their rotation that makes them a force to reckon with. I could see a double digit or more jump in win for these guys. The afore mentioned top offense will be led by Prince Fielder, who is in a walk year so expect a huge year(my guess: at least 40 homers & 120 RBIs) as he is trying to get paid(he wants in the $20MM range) and Ryan Braun. The remainder of the core of the order will be manned by Corey Hart, coming off an all star 2010 season, the up and coming Casey McGehee and Rickie Weeks, coming off his break out year which landed him a nice $38.5MM deal. The pitching staff could be the real prize on this Brewers team. Zack Grienke was dominant in 2009 and had a major down year in 2010 but getting out of the American League can only help Grienke get back to his dominant ways. He will miss some time with a rib injury he sustained in a basketball game; tapping into his inner-Aaron Boone. Shaun Marcum was an American League ace in 2010 and will now be a National League 3rd starter which is a huge positive for him. Grienke, Marcum and Yovani Gallardo could easily win 45 games between them. John Axford will look to take the next step and become an elite closer; he has the electric stuff to do so. The time is now for the Milwaukee Brewers and they need to cash in because the are likely going to lose Prince to free agency and have a horrid farm system.

WTP Projected 2011 Record: 90-72

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