The Milwaukee Brewers have named Logan Schafer to be the fourth outfielder on the 25-man roster. With that being said, is Schafer the right person for the job?
Schafer will back up left fielder Ryan Braun, center fielder Carlos Gomez and right fielder Norichika Aoki. Unlike in years past, the Brewers have elected to start all three players every day and will not use a platoon in center field. This means Schafer will not see consistent playing time and will only get on the field when someone needs a day off.
Regardless, Schafer is batting .280 with six RBI, four doubles, four walks and two stolen bases in 50 at-bats this spring. He played well in the big leagues in limited opportunities the past two seasons, and he appears ready to make a name for himself in the majors.
“I’ve gotten a ton of at-bats, which is great in terms of exposure and just getting ready for the season,” Schafer told Brewers.com. “I’m just going to try to get on base. On the bench, you have to stay with one approach, and that’s what I’m working on. If you get a pitch you’re looking for, you don’t miss it.”
Manager Ron Roenicke is confident Schafer will do a terrific job in the reserve role. It is certainly interesting that Roenicke decided to name the 26-year-old his backup outfielder with over a week of Spring Training left, but it is evident he is comfortable with the decision.
The only reason I would have waited to name the fourth outfielder is because the Brewers have one other solid candidate for the job. Left fielder Khris Davis has been outstanding this spring and should have been strongly considered for the role.
The 25-year-old is batting .319 with six home runs, 14 RBI and four walks in 47 at-bats in Spring Training. No one else on the team has come close to these power numbers during camp. This alone should have been reason enough for Milwaukee to give the job to him. However, the fact that Davis has never stepped foot in the majors certainly has something to do with it. Not to mention, Schafer has earned the right to be given a chance with his stellar play the past few years.
I personally believe the Brewers could not have gone wrong with either player. The fact that Schafer has the potential and talent to be a great contributor certainly bodes well for the team.