Ranking the Roster (Player #3)

Since I began ranking the roster many changes have been made. Some players have been moved from Triple-A to the Bigs, some vice versa, and some have been dinged up a bit. So before we get to the third most valuable player on the Milwaukee Brewers, here are the new rankings from 25 to 4.

25. Mark DiFelice, relief pitcher

24. Josh Wilson, infielder

23. George Kottaras, catcher

22. Sergio Mitre, relief pitcher

21. Marco Estrada, relief pitcher

20. Craig Counsell, infielder

19. Mark Kotsay, outfielder/first baseman

18. LaTroy Hawkins, relief pitcher

17. Yuniesky Betancourt, shortstop

16. Tim Dillard, relief pitcher

15. Carlos Gomez, outfielder

14. Kameron Loe, relief pitcher

13. Nyjer Morgan, outfielder

12. Randy Wolf, starting pitcher

11. Chris Narveson, starting pitcher

10. Casey McGehee, third baseman

9. John Axford, closer

8. Jonathan Lucroy, catcher

7. Shaun Marcum, starting pitcher

6. Corey Hart, right fielder

5. Rickie Weeks, second baseman

4. Yovani Gallardo, starting pitcher

3. Zack Greinke, starting pitcher

The former Royals ace and 2009 AL Cy Young winner was Milwaukee’s key off-season acquisition, along with fellow starter Shaun Marcum. Greinke may have started the year on the disabled list, but since his return the Brewers have the best record in all of baseball. Greinke has been a project, but he’s always boasted a tremendous amount of raw talent. He finished 4th in the AL Rookie of the Year race in 2004, winning 8 games with a 3.97 ERA. However, the next season Greinke led the majors in losses with 17. Zack then took time off of baseball to treat his social anxiety disorder and depression. He came back strong in 2004, posting 13 wins, a career best 3.47 ERA, and 183 strikeouts in 202.1 innings – both also career highs. The next year he would shatter all of those numbers. Greinke burst onto the national scene with his phenomenal ’09 campaign – a magical season in which he won 16 games, sported a sparkling major league best 2.16 ERA, a 1.073 WHIP, and an astounding 242 K’s in 229.1 innings pitched, all for a lowly Kansas City ball club. He came back to earth in 2010, posting numbers that looked more similar to his career averages. Nevertheless, Greinke’s trade to Milwaukee was one of the biggest stories in the Hot Stove League. So far he’s lived up to his hype – already sitting at 7-2 with a stellar 80:9 strikeout-to-walk ratio. As we all know, the Brewers are all-in this season. Play ball.

Greinke's gem against St. Louis earned him Sportscenter's Highlight of the Night.

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