15. Carlos Gomez, OF
Go-Go came to Milwaukee in a trade after the 2009 season that sent shortstop J.J. Hardy to Minnesota. Gomez makes up for his lack of batting average with his outstanding hustle and great defense in center field. His blazing speed makes him look like a lead-off man to the naked eye, but his .292 career on-base percentage makes him better fit to hit 7 or 8 in the lineup.
14. Nyjer Morgan, OF
Morgan adds swagger to a Milwaukee team already overflowing with confidence and young talent. He’s a much better hitter than Gomez, boasting a career .286 batting average along with a .347 on-base percentage. His numbers with the Brewers so far this season are even more impressive (.356/.406), although the sample size is small (68 plate appearances, 59 at-bats). Morgan has speed as well, making him a solid option in the 2-hole.
13. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS
Yuniesky is a serviceable major league shortstop. He’s not going to bash the ball or make highlight reel plays daily (with the exception of the incredible behind the back flip to Weeks to turn two); however, he’s not a liability on defense and has a tendency to come up with timely base knocks. He’s struggling out of the gate with the Brewers, hitting .232/.260/.335 (BA/OBP/SLG), well below his career averages of .269/.294/.389. Shortstop is a key position, so Betancourt has obvious value, but here’s to hoping Milwaukee selects high school SS Javier Baez with one of their two picks in the 1st round today.
12. Randy Wolf, SP
The veteran southpaw pitched fairly well for the Brewers last season, his first year with the club, posting a 13-12 record with a respectable 4.17 ERA in 215.2 innings. This year, as the number four starter, he’s off to a 4-4 start with a 3.69 ERA. He likely won’t be relied upon if the Brewers make the playoffs, but the lefty is crafty and reliable. Pitching is at a premium, and Wolf is an above average fourth starter.
11. Chris Narveson, SP
Why is Narveson, the fifth man in the rotation, ranked higher than Wolf, the fourth starter? He’s five years younger and has much more left in the tank. Narveson had a breakout campaign last season, going 12-9 with a 4.99 ERA and 7.4 strikeouts per 9 innings. He hasn’t come out guns blazing this year, but his ERA is a tad lower (4.85) and his K/9 innings has improved to 8.2. Like Wolf, Narveson won’t be counted on should Milwaukee make the postseason, but he’s a key member of the club and needs to pitch well down the stretch.