|C||Gregg Zaun||SP 1||Yovani Gallardo|
|1B||Prince Fielder||SP 2||Randy Wolf|
|2B||Rickie Weeks||SP 3||Doug Davis|
|3B||Casey McGehee||SP 4||Jeff Suppan|
|SS||Alcides Escobar||SP 5||Dave Bush|
|CF||Carlos Gomez||CL||Trevor Hoffman|
|RF||Corey Hart||RP||LaTroy Hawkins|
|IF||Craig Counsell||RP||Mitch Stetter|
|OF||Jim Edmonds||RP||Manny Parra|
Additional roster information can be found at MLB Depth Charts.
|Key Additions||Key Losses|
|SP||Randy Wolf||Free Agency||SS||J.J. Hardy||Trade (MIN)|
|CF||Carlos Gomez||Trade (MIN)||CF||Mike Cameron||Free Agency|
|SP||Doug Davis||Free Agency||C||Jason Kendall||Free Agency|
Top Prospects: Brett Lawrie (2B), Alcides Escobar (SS), Mat Gamel (3B)
The Brewers finished the 2009 season with an 80-82 record, good for 3rd place in the division. The team had some excellent performances on offense, led by 1B Prince Fielder (.299, 46 HR, 141 RBI), LF Ryan Braun (.320, 32 HR, 114 RBI, 20 SB), and rookie IF Casey McGehee (.301, 16 HR, 66 RBI). Unfortunately, the rest of the offense was rather middling, and only scored 785 runs last year. The pitching staff, now missing the excellent half-season of free-agent departee C.C. Sabathia, was led by Yovani Gallardo (13-12, 3.73 ERA). Unfortunately, the rest of the staff pitched extremely inconsistently, with replacement level performances from Braden Looper, Jeff Suppan, Manny Parra, and Dave Bush.
Team Outlook for 2010
The Brewers officially ushered in the Major league career of SS prospect Alcides Escobar early in the offseason with the trade of SS J.J. Hardy to the Twins. They were able to replace free agents C Jason Kendall and SP Braden Looper with C Gregg Zaun and SP Doug Davis, respectively. The Hardy trade also brought their replacement for CF Mike Cameron, another free agent departee. Their main free agent signing this offseason has to be SP Randy Wolf. Wolf will help to bring stability to the rotation, and allow Davis, Jeff Suppan, and Dave Bush to slot in closer to their proper positions in the rotation. The offense is led by elite 1B Prince Fielder and LF Ryan Braun, and should be helped by the return of 2B Rickie Weeks and RF Corey Hart from injuries. This team has done well to build around its solid core of top players, and has also tried to find some veteran presence with Trevor Hoffman and OF Jim Edmonds.
Fantasy Outlook for 2010
OF Ryan Braun and 1B Prince Fielder are both 1st round talents regardless of format. After that, SP Yovani Gallardo is really the only player who’s ownable in all formats. For some deeper leagues, I would recommend SS Alcides Escobar (for SB potential), and SP Randy Wolf as well.
Prediction for 2010
The Brewers are improved over last season, but I think that they’re going to need a little luck if they were to pass either Chicago or St. Louis. As of right now, their offense and pitching are both not quite up to the standard of a division leader. But they’re getting closer.
83-79, 3rd in the NL Central