There is no question the Milwaukee Brewers were disappointed with the outcome this year. However, the fact that very little went right for the organization has to give them confidence that 2014 could prove to be a better season. In fact, there needs to be a solid mixture of young talent and productive veterans if the Brewers want to make the playoffs next year.
“Can we win with this roster? Yeah, we can win with the roster we have,” general manager Doug Melvin said, according to Brewers.com. “Again, a lot of things have to go right, the younger players have to take the next step in development and our best players have to be on the field. I think if our best players are on the field and our young guys take that next step, we can be there. Last year, we got eliminated in the last week of the season. If you look at some of the teams that are out there, it takes a lot of talent to win. We’ll keep working at it.”
Injuries to key players, certain veterans not performing at the level they should and specific pitchers not taking advantage of their opportunity in the big leagues all combined for a devastating season. The only way the Brewers bounce back next year with the same personnel is for everyone to believe they have the right amount of talent to win.
Several players proved they have what it takes to lead Milwaukee to the postseason. Carlos Gomez, Jean Segura, Jonathan Lucroy, Norichika Aoki and Kyle Lohse all showed they could be an asset in some capacity. Meanwhile, rookies Scooter Gennett, Khris Davis and Tyler Thornburg could be great full-time additions if they take the proper steps in their development.
The Brewers definitely have the right amount of talent to be successful. It is just a matter of getting everybody working together and staying on the same page.