5 Most Exciting Milwaukee Brewers To Watch In 2014
5 Most Exciting Milwaukee Brewers To Watch
There are some people who say baseball is boring. I call those people wrong.
The game's design allows us to focus on individual excellence in a team format. While the talent level and specific skill sets vary greatly, there are hundreds of exciting players across the league.
The Milwaukee Brewers are fortunate to have a number of athletes that are worth the price of admission, whether they're on the hill or playing the field. Typically, power and speed garner the most attention because of their explosive, visually stimulating traits, and the Brewers personify those aspects.
On offense, the Brewers have hit the most home runs and stolen the most bases in the National League over the past two years. That includes being without Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez for most of 2013.
In the pitching department, Milwaukee's staff has the fifth most strikeouts since 2011, while the hurlers in 2013 averaged 92 miles per hour on their fastballs.
Truly exciting players are ones you don't want to take your eyes off of, because they're capable of doing something amazing at any moment. They're pitchers who embarrass hitters, fielders who frustrate opponents, and hitters who shred stitches.
The 2014 Brewers could see some new additions bringing excitement to Miller Park. Khris Davis' offensive skills may bring fans to their feet. Mark Reynolds and Juan Francisco will put balls into orbit, when they actually hit the ball. Even some young arms may get the chance to impress the Brewers faithful.
The club's success this season is tough to predict, but that won't prevent a bunch of games and players from thrilling the crowd. The five guys you need to watch are the most exciting on the team in 2014.
5. Alfredo Figaro -- RP
Alfredo Figaro packs some punch in his slight frame. The 29-year-old righty is a flamethrower with a fastball sitting at 95-98 miles per hour. Figaro's quiet, calm delivery hides an explosive fastball that jumps out of his hand and zips past hitters with tremendous late life. I'd love to see him get regular work this season.
4. Wily Peralta -- SP
With a fastball that hits the mid to upper 90's with devastating sink, Wily Peralta shows flashes of brilliance. He complements the blazing heater with a tight slider that has a sharp, late dip. Peralta's "stuff" is legit and it's good enough to net him a no-hitter in the near future. His combo of velocity and movement is a true joy to watch.
3. Ryan Braun -- RF
The 2011 NL MVP is a true hitting savant. Ryan Braun's incredible talent cannot be doubted, as he regularly destroys the baseball and gives all-out effort on the diamond. Braun has an amazing ability to crush the ball to all fields and come up huge in tense, "clutch" situations. He's still one of the best players in all of baseball, his swing is a thing of beauty, and fans should never miss an at-bat.
2. Jean Segura -- SS
Jean Segura's opposite field pop allows him to race around the bags to third, finishing second in MLB in triples with 10 last season. The 23-year-old shortstop utilized his speed to swipe 44 bags in 2014, third most in baseball. Segura routinely ranges to both sides of short, then dives, leaps and throws seeds to make spectacular plays in the field. Segura creates an energy that is absorbed by teammates and fans alike.
1. Carlos Gomez -- CF
Carlos "Go-Go" Gomez runs the bases like a racehorse, chases down balls from gap to gap, takes away more home runs than anyone else, and has developed his power into 43 homers in the past two seasons.
Gomez plays with an enthusiasm that excites the fans even when he fails. He does everything with flare, from his ferocious, helmet-losing swing to 40 ruthless stolen bases to head-on collisions with the fence. Win or lose, Gomez entertains spectators and plays with a reckless abandon that is always worth watching.