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5 Reasons to Expect Big Year for Milwaukee Brewers’ Ryan Braun

5 Reasons to Expect Big Year for Ryan Braun

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Ryan Braun has led his league in six different major offensive categories in his seven-year career. He's one of the game's most dynamic players. In 2012, he was under the microscope with everyone watching for his numbers to plummet ‘now that he’s off the juice.' How does he respond? By leading the National League in home-runs (41), runs scored (108), OPS (.987) and total bases (356). He also batted .319, had 112 RBI and swiped 30 bases.

5. Speed

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5. Speed

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Braun has averaged 22 stolen bases per season over the course of 162 games in his career. He has effortless athleticism and speed. Braun knows how to combine his speed and instincts which produces stolen bases, runs scored and great range in the outfield.

4. His Defense

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4. His Defense

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Drafted as a third baseman before making the eventual shift to left field, Ryan Braun dedicated himself to his defense. He drastically improved each year as a left fielder and went from being hidden on defense to keep him in lineup to becoming a very good defender. Braun's strong, accurate throwing arm and his ability to chase down balls ranging to his right-backhand glove side will be a perfect fit in right field.

3. Power

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3. Power

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Everyone knows Ryan Braun has power. He has averaged 36 home runs per season over the course of 162 games. With tremendous bat speed and body torque, Braun has ridiculous power to all fields. There isn’t a ballpark in baseball that can contain him.

2. Hits for Average

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2. Hits for Average

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Hits, hits and hits. Braun has sustained a .312 career batting average and averages nearly 200 hits per season over 162 games. He will spray the ball from foul-line to foul-line with exceptional plate-coverage and power, much like Miguel Cabrera, tormenting opposing pitchers. Great hitters like Braun have the ability to make adjustments within an at-bat and always seem to be a step ahead of the pitcher.

1. Confidence and Swagger

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1. Confidence and Swagger

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Heckle him? Ryan Braun has an answer. Guys like Braun live for those big moments with everyone watching. It’s called swagger. They want to be the one at the plate in hostile environments. "I'm one of the league leaders in confidence,'' says Braun, who is hitting a red-hot .636 this spring with two homers. He knows he’s good and he lets his game do the talking. Braun has never doubted himself and his ability -- and you shouldn’t either.