We’ve finally reached the top 5 most indispensable players on the Milwaukee Brewers roster. Before we get to the #5 player, let’s recap the first 20.
25. Wil Nieves, C
Wolf’s personal catcher, Nieves has almost zero offensive value.
24. Mike McClendon, RP
This would now be lefty reliever Zach Braddock, who could make a case for being as high as #16.
23. Josh Wilson, SS
Sure-handed in the field, Wilson provides pop off the bench.
22. Tim Dillard, RP
A solid righty who should see his role increase as the season goes on.
21. Sergio Mitre, RP
Can be used in long relief or as a spot starter; has been great for the Crew so far this year.
20.Craig Counsell, SS/3B
A professional hitter who will always give you a good at-bat.
19. Mark Kotsay, OF
Another professional hitter who finds way to contribute either as a starter or off the bench.
18. Kameron Loe, RP
A late inning option who Ron Roenicke can usually rely on – kind of looks like Nosferatu.
17. Marco Estrada, RP
Another guy who can spot start and provide solid innings out of the pen.
16. LaTroy Hawkins, RP
A veteran reliever who has been stellar for Milwaukee this season.
15. Carlos Gomez, CF
Lacks ability to make contact consistently, but makes up for it with his speed and glove.
14. Nyjer Morgan, CF
A competitor who never backs down, usually getting the start in center against righties.
13. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS
Your average major league shortstop who plays good defense and comes up with timely hits.
12. Randy Wolf, SP
A typical crafty lefty who pitches to contact and eats up innings for the Crew.
11. Chris Narveson, SP
Another lefty starter who has shown flashes of dominance, but has yet to put it all together.
10. Casey McGehee, 3B
Led the Brewers in RBI last season with 104 but has struggled mightily so far in 2011.
9. John Axford, RP
Gives Milwaukee much needed stability at the back end of the pen; K’s a high number of hitters.
8. Jonathan Lucroy, C
One of the best young catchers in the Bigs; can handle a staff and hit with the best of ’em.
7. Shaun Marcum, SP
Possesses phenomenal command and seems to always give the Brewers a chance to win.
6. Corey Hart, RF
An All-Star starter in 2010, Hart is a cornerstone in Milwaukee’s future.
Now onto the fifth most valuable player on the roster:
5. Rickie Weeks, 2B
Weeks, the 2003 Golden Spikes Award winner, was the first of the Brewers’ young talent to make it to the majors, joining the team at the ripe age of 20. After being sent back down to Triple-A to get regular at-bats in 2004, he became a mainstay in Milwaukee’s lineup in 2005. Despite nagging wrist injuries in the past, Weeks has had a clean bill of health for the past two seasons. He’s fixed his defensive woes and has become a reliable and flashy second baseman. The dreadlocked superstar provides excellent speed atop the lineup, as well as above average power. Last year during his breakout campaign, Rickie batted .269 with an impressive .366 on-base percentage; he also blasted 29 homers and drove in 83 runs while scoring 112 times. Weeks is signed through the 2014 season and should only continue to get better. He’s humble, plays with passion, and gives his all every time he steps on the diamond. Personally, he’s one of my favorite Brewers of all-time and deserves to get the nod at second base in the 2011 All-Star game.