By Brian Devine on March 16, 2014
After a losing season in 2013, the Brewers have many question marks heading into opening day. They have many players who are risks this season, and they have some notable players who are heavily criticized. Here are the top five players who are criticized the most.
Khris Davis was fantastic late last season for Milwaukee, but he has many critics. Some feel his performance last season was a fluke, and he his poor showing so far this spring does not help his case. In 34 at-bats so far, he’s hitting .235 with just one walk and 10 strikeouts.
Reynolds is competing for the Brewers' opening at first base, but he is not off to a good start. His average is .172 this spring, and he has yet to hit a home run. He is an excellent home-run hitter, but he is also severely flawed offensively. Reynolds is a career .233 hitter, and he strikes out way too much to be a consistent at the plate.
While Francisco is off to a nice start this Spring Training, he is still heavily criticized. In 240 at-bats for the Brewers last season, Francisco hit just .223 with 13 home runs 32 RBIs and.733 OPS. In addition to his struggles offensively, he is also a poor defender at first base.
While Weeks was an All-Star in 2011, his career has gone downhill the past two seasons. He’s hit just .223 in 2012 and 2013 combined, and he has suffered through some dreadful slumps. It’s gotten so bad for Weeks that he is no longer guaranteed the starting second-base job, and he is battling Scooter Gennett for every day at-bats.
Unlike the other players on this list, Braun isn’t on this list because he has struggled to produce. Braun is ranked No. 1 here because of his use of PEDs, and the widespread criticism that has resulted from it. Even if one strongly dislikes Braun for his actions, there is still no denying that he is a tremendous hitter. Brewers’ fans should expect another great season from Braun in 2014, despite all the criticism that surrounds him.
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