The Brewers announced that they have selected the contract of infielder/outfielder Jace Peterson from Triple-A Nashville. He’ll take the roster spot of infielder Keston Hiura, whom the Brewers optioned on Monday.
The 31-year-old Peterson was with the Brewers earlier in the season, but they designated him for assignment on May 24. That came in spite of a productive year-plus offensive showing for Peterson, who has batted .203/.371/.391 (114 wRC+) with four home runs in 89 plate appearances as a Brewer since 2020. But Peterson hasn’t typically been that effective in the majors, evidenced by his lifetime .227/.317/.333 mark across 1,721 trips to the plate with a few teams. Regardless of how he hits, though, Peterson has shown that he’s versatile enough as a defender to line up all over the diamond.
But what does he do?
*points to Jonah Hill*
“He gets on base.”
He gets on base in 89 appearances as a Brewers utility guy. A lifetime .317 OBP is not really Moneyball worthy… but sadly, it’s considered pretty good for the Post-COVID Brewers.
It says a lot that I groaned when I read the headline. Can’t we try out some new guys who can’t hit at the very least?
Who else was moved,etc! Someone had to go,as JP was not on the 40 man?
There was an open 40-man spot.
That is the logical answer! Pretty weak move! Thank you for responding!
Over – under, he lasts two weeks on the 25 and 40 man roster.
It’s a 26 man roster now
They need to acquire a real bat. That and a bounceback by Yelich would make them a serious World Series contender. The starting pitching is fantastic but they need more run support.
I’m afraid they need a small ball hitting coach/manager for this current squad. If you look at the crooked number innings they’ve put up this year, I’d say the majority came as a result of home runs. This team is horrible at just making contact to advance runners. I almost fell off my stool the other day when someone bunted – I think it was actually Hiura, to advance a runner to 3rd. If they’re all swinging for the fence they won’t generate enough runs since the majority seem to be solo home runs! Someone has to find a way to get on base, then the next batters need to change their approach once they get 2 strikes to try and simply make contact to a gap. Frustrating to watch strikeout after strikeout!
A common malady throughout the game. I blame MLB for embracing the launch angle. When strikeouts surpassed hits, they tried to mask the problem by juicing the ball to create more home runs. It was a disservice to hitters, in my opinion, as it forced pitchers to adjust in order to keep the ball in the park. Watching these guys helplessly flail away at high heat is maddening. And we know hitters are slower to adjust than pitchers, who I expect to adjust even further. We’re on pace for 5,600 more strikeouts than hits in 2021, with no reversal of this trend on the horizon. I love baseball, but the combination of strikeouts and injuries have made the game difficult to watch.
Imo, all of this is the juiced ball’s fault more than launch angle. When it’s so easy to hit home runs, why not go for a three-true-outcomes, or all-or-nothing approach? When you deaden a juiced ball though, many of those home runs are going to turn into flyouts.
Like you said though, pitchers are adapting, and batters are not as it’s easier for pitchers to adapt. Fastball velocity is at an all-time high, with an aveage of 93.4 MPH. That’s a 4.4 MPH increase since they started to record average pitch velcoity.
Imo, we’re going to see more of a trend back to line drive hitting over the course of the next few seasons. This crop of top prospect hitters coming up through the minors is much more advanced than compared to like 2016. Personally, I’d rather have Wander Franco, Adely Rutschman, Spencer Torkelson, Jared Kelenic, and Julio Rodriguez (MLB Pipeline’s top 5 position player prospects) than Yoan Moncada, J.P. Crawford, Dansby Swanson, Andrew Benintendi, and Brendan Rodgers from 2016.
Fly over fan
Chicks dig the long ball
I suspect they’ll try to convince Braun to come back in late August. He’d be a great bat to help protect Yelich as they get towards the playoffs (hopefully). Other than that, I don’t know if they have the prospects to make a trade for a good bat.
At least they still have JBJ in that lineup!
Some have suggested a reunion with Aguilar, but getting Starling Marte from the Marlins would also be a nice pickup. Not a real CF anymore, but sticking him in one of the corners would improve the defense along with the offense.
Getting either of the Marte’s (Ketel or Starling) would be a great addition for Milwaukee, but I’m not sure if they’ll be able (or willing) to meet the asking price. They might have to include Hiura in a deal for either of these players, along with another couple of well regarded prospects (Top 10-12 prospects). Milwaukee might do better going after some bigger bats (CJ Cron, Aguilar types) as they will cost less to acquire and still should give them some well-needed thump in their lineup. Regardless of who they acquire, the Brewers need Yelich to get back to his old self if they really want to make the playoffs and win some playoff series as well. Their pitching will keep them in it, but they really need offense and Yelich is the key to their entire offensive attack.
I have to question getting rid of both Aguilar and Choi. Neither made sense at the time, and in light of our current situation those moves still boggle the mind. Both showed enough flashes to warrant more time with the club.
How pathetic is it that a .203 average and a .391 slg% equals a 114 wRC+ these days. My god. A few years ago numbers like that would have a guy out of the game altogether. Now it’s 14% above average?
Well, wRC+ is scaled to wOBA. Not BA, OBP, SLG, OPS. The league average wOBA this year is .310, which is the 8th lowest single season mark baseball has had since WWII ended.