Milwaukee had a bad spell for the franchise from 1983 – 2007, where the club didn’t make the playoffs at all. Once Ryan Braun asserted himself on the team, the club started its transformation into a club capable of making it to the playoffs in any season. They made the 2008 postseason for the 1st time in 26 years, and 2011 saw them make it to the NLCS – before bowing out to the Cardinals. Their team had to fight through the Ryan Braun saga’s of 2012 and 2013, and now this team is back leading the NL Central in 2014. The teams lineup has been built with draft picks, smart acquisitions, and key waiver wire pick ups.
How All Of The Brewers Hitters Were Acquired:
By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):
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Mark Attanasio and Doug Melvin have been aggressive of the brass for the ‘Brew Crew’ over the last half a dozen years.
They have made strides to make the team relevant – by making trades for ALL – Star Pitchers, but they have also done some great drafting on the offensive side.
Ryan Braun, Jonathan Lucroy, Khris Davis, Scooter Gennett and Rickie Weeks were all great draft selections in the lineup, while Carlos Gomez was acquired by trading another great player in J.J. Hardy.
You also have a bench player like Logan Schafer drafted by the squad.
Heck, even Jean Segura was brought in with Zack Greinke (who was brought in with 4 Milwaukee players heading into the other direction.)
Add in some veteran leadership with Aramis Ramirez, Mark Reynolds and Lyle Overbay, and some waiver and low prospect Free Agent deals for Martin Maldonado, Jeff Bianchi and Elian Herrera.
So what does this point out exactly?
This team has done a nice job of drafting – and knowing when they are not contenders (ie trading Greinke for Segura), in order to restock their roster for future seasons.
Carlos Gomez is one of the best all around players in the game of baseball.
The Pitching Staff will be fun to do for the exact same reason.
We are seeing a pattern of how this team has been fairly good in recent years, with namely the ‘Ryan Braun’ era (2007 – Present).
For those that have never seen one of our Roster Trees, we go over how all of the players were acquired.
It works like 6 degrees of separation. By searching back to the origin of all the way back until a player is signed, drafted or purchased.
It totally gives you an idea on how the franchise has fared.
The Hitters In 2014 (Age) (Pos) Roster Tree
Jonathan Lucroy (28) C: Drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 3rd round of the 2007 amateur draft.
Mark Reynolds (30) 1B/3B: January 17, 2014: Signed as a Free Agent with the Milwaukee Brewers. 1 YR/$2 MIL.
Scooter Gennett (24) 2B: Drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 16th round of the 2009 amateur draft.
Jean Segura (24) SS: July 27, 2012: Traded by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim with Ariel Pena (minors) and Johnny Hellweg to the Milwaukee Brewers for Zack Greinke.
Ariel Pena (25) SP: Is currently with the AAA affiliate Nashville of the PCL.
Johnny Hellweg (26): Underwent Tommy John Surgery in April of 2014.
Zack Greinke (30) SP: December 19, 2010: Traded by the Kansas City Royals with Yuniesky Betancourt and cash to the Milwaukee Brewers for Lorenzo Cain, Alcides Escobar, Jeremy Jeffress and Jake Odorizzi.
Lorenzo Cain (28) OF: Drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 17th round of the 2004 amateur draft.
Alcides Escobar (27) SS: Signed by the Milwaukee Brewers as an amateur free agent in 2003.
Jeremy Jeffress (26) P: : June 6, 2006: Drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 1st round (16th pick) of the 2006 amateur draft.
Jake Odorizzi (24); Drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 1st round (32nd pick) of the 2008 amateur draft.
Yuniesky Betancourt (32) SS/3B/2B: October 30, 2011: Granted Free Agency.
Aramis Ramirez (36) 3B: December 13, 2011: Signed as a Free Agent with the Milwaukee Brewers. 3 YRs/$40 MIL.
Khris Davis (26) OF: Drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 7th round of the 2009 amateur draft.
Carlos Gomez (28) CF: November 6, 2009: Traded by the Minnesota Twins to the Milwaukee Brewers for J.J. Hardy.
J.J. Hardy (31) SS: Drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2nd round of the 2001 amateur draft.
Lyle Overbay (37) 1B: January 20, 2014: Signed as a Free Agent with the Milwaukee Brewers. 1 YR/$1.5 MIL.
Rickie Weeks (31) 2B/OF: Drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 1st round (2nd pick) of the 2003 amateur draft.
Logan Schafer (27) OF/PH: June 5, 2008: Drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 3rd round of the 2008 amateur draft.
Elian Herrera (29) OF/2B/3B: November 4, 2013: Selected off waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers from the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Martin Maldonado (27) C/1B: January 24, 2007: Signed as a Free Agent with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Jeff Bianchi (27) 3B/2B/OF: January 11, 2012: Selected off waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers from the Chicago Cubs.
Caleb Gindl (25) LF/PH: Drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 5th round of the 2007 amateur draft.
Ryan Braun (30) 3B/LF: Drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 1st round (5th pick) of the 2005 amateur draft.
www.baseballreference.com – the source behind all roster transactions.
Ryan Braun was an electric bolt into the offense when he was called up in 2007 (NL Leading .634 SLG Pctg, (with 34 HRs and 97 RBI in 113 GP). and only had one bad month in his 1st 6 seasons. Braun is signed through the 2021 by the Brewers, and they are happy he is resembling his former self in 2014. While he may not put up in MVP numbers like he did from 2007 – 2012, he may be the consummate leader the squad has always wanted.
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