Ranking the Roster (Player #4)

Before we get to player #4, let’s recap the top 10 so far.

10. Casey McGehee, 3B

9. John Axford, RP

8. Jonathan Lucroy, C

7. Shaun Marcum, SP

6. Corey Hart, RF

5. Rickie Weeks, 2B

4. Yovani Gallardo, SP

Gallardo is 44-27 in his career with a commendable 3.69 ERA. Yo was an All-Star and Silver Slugger Award winner in 2010 and looks to be on his way to a second straight Midsummer Classic (8-3, 3.76 ERA in 2011). He also boasts back-to-back 200 strikeout campaigns (2009 & 2010). Gallardo signed a long-term extension with Milwaukee and won’t become a free agent until the 2015 season.

The Milwaukee Brewers have a great collection of players on their current roster. Unlike most teams, however, they’ve built their squad from the ground up with home grown talent. It started in 2002, when Milwaukee took a risk and reached on a hefty first baseman with an excellent bloodline – a guy who is now simply know as The Prince. After taking Fielder with the 7th overall pick in ’02, the Brewers followed up by selecting second baseman Rickie Weeks 2nd overall in ’03. As every Brew Crew fan is aware of, Milwaukee took Ryan Braun 5th overall in the loaded ’05 draft; but for some reason the 2004 draft doesn’t receive much attention. The Brewers whiffed on their first rounder that year, selecting pitcher Mark Rogers who has yet to perform anywhere near where the team thought he would; but in the next round Milwaukee struck gold, drafting a young stud by the name of Yovani Gallardo. Now in 2011, it’s Fielder (’02), Weeks (’03), Gallardo (’04), and Braun (’05) leading the club to what looks to be a promising season – leaving Milwaukee fans everywhere dreaming of a NL Central title, and perhaps even more.

Over the past 2 seasons Gallardo has won 27 games and fanned 404 batters.

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