Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez enjoyed a breakout season in 2013, posting career-highs in most offensive categories. The 2014 campaign has brought more of the same thus far, and now includes Gomez’s placement at the top of the order for the Brewers.
On Saturday night at Miller Park against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Gomez hit a lead-off homer for the Brewers, his fourth already on the young season. He posted career-highs in 2013 with 24 homers and 73 RBI, along with 40 stolen bases and 80 runs scored, also career-highs.
In addition to the gaudy offensive numbers, Gomez was dazzling in the outfield, earning a Gold Glove for his work in center field. Gomez finished ninth in National League MVP voting in a season that caught most observers by surprise.
Many pundits assumed Gomez would not be able to duplicate this unexpected production again in 2014, and while it is early, the 28-year-old is still getting it done. The Brewers now have Gomez batting in the leadoff spot, which makes a lot of sense given his potent combination of power and speed. He has been absolutely on fire at the top of the order, providing a spark that has contributed greatly to the Brewers’ current eight-game winning streak.
The all-star outfielder is in the midst of a remarkable career renaissance, and the Brewers are reaping the rewards at the moment. Milwaukee acquired Gomez from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for shortstop J.J. Hardy back in 2010, but his production had been rather pedestrian up until last season.
Gomez is making $7 million this season, quite a bargain for the Brewers considering the numbers he is likely to put up. There is little reason to suspect it will not continue.