By Michael Terrill @MichaelTerrill on May 23, 2014
There’s no denying that the first 48 games of the 2014 MLB season have been magical for the Milwaukee Brewers. The main reason for that is the stellar play of several players on the team. Most teams are already looking at which players they can trade, and Milwaukee may be no different. However, there are at least five players who the Brewers have to consider irreplaceable.
Ryan Braun has caught the injury bug badly this season, but that doesn’t mean that he hasn’t been productive when healthy. Regardless of what people think about Braun, there’s no question that he will always remain an irreplaceable player on the Brewers, especially since he’s one of the most clutch hitters the organization has ever seen. Losing Braun’s power, ability to hit for average and solid defense would be devastating.
Signing Francisco Rodriguez in the offseason may prove to be the smartest decision the Brewers make in 2014. K-Rod has been nearly lights out in one of the toughest roles in baseball. The right-hander has saved 17 games in 18 opportunities and has only surrendered four earned runs in 24 appearances. As long as the Brewers continue to give Rodriguez the ball with the lead, Milwaukee will be a dangerous team.
Speaking of intelligent decisions, the Kyle Lohse signing from a year ago continues to look brilliant. The right-hander has been fantastic for the Brewers this season as he’s been by far the most efficient starter. Losing Lohse in the rotation would be horrific, which proves that he is one of the most valuable pitchers on the team at the moment. Lohse is an impressive 6-1 with a 2.57 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 10 starts.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Jonathan Lucroy is one of the most underrated catchers in baseball. If most baseball fans were asked who the best offensive catcher in the NL is, Lucroy probably wouldn’t even be listed in their top five. However, Lucroy has proven to be the most clutch hitter on the Brewers in 2014, which is hopefully a sign of good things to come. He is batting a team-high .323 with 2 homers and 18 RBI.
Carlos Gomez is doing everything in his power to outdo his stellar performance from last season. The center fielder continues to be a beast at the plate and outstanding in the field. He’s what supplies the team with energy and injects confidence every time he suits up. He’s batting .298 with a whopping 10 home runs and 23 RBI in 168 at-bats. Gomez is by far the most irreplaceable player on the team right now.
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