Milwaukee Brewers Season-Ending Awards
Milwaukee Brewers Season-Ending Awards
The Milwaukee Brewers 2013 Major League Baseball season is officially over after the team played their 162nd game on Sunday. Obviously, it was a year that did not end the way the organization and the fan base had hoped it would. With that being said, the good news is there is plenty to look forward to for next season.
It was certainly a bizarre year that saw numerous injuries and Ryan Braun’s forgettable scandal hit the fan. The only good that could possibly come out of all of the bad is the fact that several young players, who never would have got a shot to shine this season, were able to prove what they can do. In fact, numerous players stepped up big when it mattered most.
There also were players, such as right-handed pitcher Tyler Thornburg, who did not perform well in the minors but played at a very high-level during his time in the big leagues this season. For that reason, he will be given a legitimate shot at a starting rotation spot in Spring Training next year.
Before the Brewers can look ahead to the 2014 MLB season, it is important to acknowledge what certain players accomplished this year. That means giving out season-ending awards. Even though Milwaukee as a team does not deserve to be discussed in length, there are a few players who posted some outstanding numbers.
Make sure to click through the slideshow to see which Brewers players were given what award for their performance during the 2013 season.
Best Starting Pitcher: Kyle Lohse
Starting pitching was the weak link of the team this season. However, there were a couple pitchers who did perform well when given an opportunity. As much as Thornburg deserves to be mentioned in this conversation, the fact that he only made seven starts this season is the reason I did not make him eligible.
With that being said, Kyle Lohse deserves the award for best starting pitcher for Milwaukee in 2013. After getting very limited run support in his first few outings with the team, which was followed up with several performances in which he could not keep runs off the board, Lohse finally was able to string some wins together. He finished the year with an 11-10 record, 3.35 earned run average and 125 strikeouts in 32 starts.
Best Reliever: Jim Henderson
Milwaukee’s bullpen ERA (3.19) ranked fifth in all of baseball. Brewers closer Jim Henderson was a big part of that, which is one of several reasons why he is awarded the team’s best reliever for the 2013 season. Henderson finished the year 5-5 with a 2.70 ERA, 75 strikeouts and 28 saves in 61 appearances. The fact that he was able to take a huge leap in the right direction from his rookie season last year is certainly promising for what lies ahead in the future.
Best Defensive Fielder: Carlos Gomez
There is no question in my mind center fielder Carlos Gomez was the best defensive player for the Brewers. Not only did he post an impressive .988 fielding percentage but he also consistently made outstanding grabs and robbed home runs. His 4.6 defensive wins above replacement ranked second in the majors. Anything over a four WAR is very good. Gomez’s natural instincts, speed and little care for his body is what makes him the best center fielder in the game.
Rookie of the Year: Scooter Gennett
Outfielder Khris Davis made a good case to be considered Milwaukee’s Rookie of the Year. However, second baseman Scooter Gennett’s tremendous effort in 2013 is the reason he is given the award. Gennett posted an outstanding .324 batting average with six home runs, 21 RBI, 11 doubles, 2.1 wins above replacement and a .356 on-base percentage in 213 at-bats.
The 23-year-old was at his best at the plate in the later part of games, which is obviously a sign of a talented hitter. He batted .352 with three home runs, nine RBI and a .395 on-base percentage in the last three innings of the 60 games he appeared in. Gennett is not someone that is going to give Milwaukee a lot of power. However, he will get on base consistently, which is something the Brewers definitely need going forward.
Most Valuable Player: Carlos Gomez
Many people may be quick to pick Jean Segura as the MVP for the Brewers this season. However, it is actually Gomez who I believe deserves the award more than anyone else.
Gomez posted a .284 batting average, 24 home runs, 73 RBI, 27 doubles, 10 triples, 80 runs, 40 stolen bases and a .338 on-base percentage in 536 at-bats. He ranked third in all of baseball with 8.4 wins above replacement, which is unbelievably impressive. Considering the highest WAR he ever recorded for an entire season was 2.1 prior to this year, it certainly shows just how good he was. Anything over an eight WAR is considered to be a MVP-caliber season.
One can only hope he can post a similar performance next year when the Brewers attempt a postseason run.
Least Valuable Player: Rickie Weeks
I understand that Rickie Weeks was placed on the 60-day disabled list with a hamstring injury, but is anyone really going to let that be an excuse for his dismal performance? Weeks was the highest paid player on the team this season in which he made $11 million. That alone should make anyone who is a fan of the Brewers angry. His .209 batting average, 24 RBI and 105 strikeouts in 350 at-bats just adds salt to the wound. The good news is the emergence of Gennett means Weeks will probably be out of a job in 2014.