I recently talked about how Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett and outfielder Khris Davis have impressed the organization with their play this season. The Brewers are looking to their younger players to make an impact and raise excitement for the ensuing years. It is clear Milwaukee can add two more players to the list.
Pitcher Tyler Thornburg and first baseman Sean Halton are creating buzz with their stellar play recently. Thornburg, in particular, has been outstanding in the 17 games he has appeared in this year. Many were unsure if he would be able to perform at a high level in the majors after his dismal performance in the minors, but he has truly made it clear that he deserves a spot on the roster in 2014.
Thornburg has posted a 3-1 record with an impressive 1.96 earned run average and 40 strikeouts in 59 2/3 innings. He has started six games, with his most recent coming Wednesday against the Chicago Cubs. The right-hander allowed just two hits and struck out four in six scoreless innings.
Obviously, Milwaukee will have an open competition for their starting rotation in Spring Training. In fact, there will be open competitions at many positions. That is just how it is when a team is 15 games under .500 and going to post one of its worst records in recent years. Thornburg will get a shot to be a starter in the spring, but whether the Brewers actually give him a spot in the rotation will remain to be unseen until next year.
Halton is someone that many fans may not have heard of before Wednesday night but his grand slam in the first inning should change all of that. Halton has actually played well in his limited action this season. In 78 at-bats, he has recorded a .256 batting average with four home runs and 15 RBI.
The Brewers are going to be looking at several players from their farm system to become impact players just as they did with Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun, Corey Hart and Rickie Weeks a few years ago. Even though this season was certainly been an overall disappointment, the good news is there is plenty to get excited about for next year.