Eight members of the Baseball Writers Association of American located in Milwaukee voted Carlos Gomez to be the Most Valuable Player of the Milwaukee Brewers in 2013.
Anyone who watched the Brewers this year knows that the honor is in no way, shape or form a surprise. Gomez absolutely deserved to be named the team’s MVP after putting together a career year during a season in which Milwaukee endured plenty of heartbreak.
Some people told me that they believed Jean Segura would win the award, but there is no doubt in my mind that Gomez was the right player to receive the recognition. Segura had a phenomenal year for someone who played their first full season in the big leagues in 2013. His .294 batting average and 44 stolen bases are unbelievable. However, Gomez covered so many different areas that his statistics far outweigh anybody else’s on the team.
He 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. As good as these numbers are there is even one that is more spectacular. The top statistic that proves just how good Gomez was this season was his 8.4 wins above replacement, which ranked third in all of baseball and second in the National League. Not to mention, he posted 4.6 defensive wins above replacement, which was good for second in the majors.
Gomez also recorded 271 total bases, 61 extra-base hits and had a 30.0 power-speed number, which ranked first in all of baseball. A power-speed number is basically a way to show how a particular player excelled in hitting home runs as well as stealing bases.
The 27-year-old’s offensive numbers were off the chart and he consistently made plays in the outfield that had fans wanting more. At this point, the only hope is that he can carry his tremendous performance into 2014 when the Brewers make a run at the postseason.