Finally can Jimmy Nelson come back?
Jimmy Nelson he had become the ace of rotation when he injured his shoulder by slipping into the first base. Seventeen months and a reconstructive shoulder surgery later, he returned and, after going through a normal offseason launch program, said that his goal is to be the opening day's owner.
As Nelson has attacked his rehabilitation, the brewers will probably have to slow it down in the field. Everyone else should also slow down, at least until Nelson proves he can be the pitcher he once was.
Can the start-up committee be restarted from the start?
For the second consecutive offseason, the Brewers tried but could not acquire a big name starter. Oh well, a piecemeal approach to rotation has yielded 96 victories last year and could be forced to travel the same path again.
At this point, a return from Nelson will be a bonus. veterans Jhoulys Chacin (over it), Zach Davies, Chase Anderson is Junior War they came back, even if only Chacin was starting the games at the end of the season. Corbin burns, Freddy Peralta is Brandon Woodruff promised last season and all or some of them could break the rotation.
Like last year, Stearns expressed confidence in the depth of the rotation. However, he explored the trades for different axes and expressed interest in free agents Dallas Keuchel is Gio Gonzalez. They are handball left-handed pitchers who adapt to Miller Park, but only Keuchel has the potential to be an ace. The problem is that he would have more money and years in his contract with Gonzalez, who helped the Brewers at the end of last season.
Can the bullpen remain a strong point?
The back of the bullpen – Corey Knebel (top left), Jeremy Jeffress is Josh Hader – was so dominant that last season returned intact. Fans will want to know who is closer, but Counsell could use them again on a case-by-case basis.
More important will be the ability of the Brewers to build depth. Counsell must continue his creative use of the bullpen.
Stearns has renounced the brewers' competitive balancing round. A Texas draft pick for the left-handed handball specialist Alex Claudio, then it will play a role. After this, however, things become obscure. Some of the potential entrants that do not make the spin could slip to the bullpen, especially War, which may have found a niche there at the end of last season. Otherwise, Taylor Williams, Matt Albers, Jacob Barnes, Adrian Houser is Aaron Wilkerson I came back for more. They will be united in the commercial acquisition Bobby Wahl and free agent Jake Petricka.
Is he a second baseman at home?
The Brewers never found a second baseman last season, so, out of despair, they traded for Mike Moustakas and moved Travis Shaw (above) from the third to the second. Shaw will probably return to the third, leaving the second base open.
With uber-prospect Keston Hiura approaching the majors, the Brewers were not able to sign a veteran of proven effectiveness in free agency. This creates a potential labor-sharing agreement among the versatile Hernan Perez, free agent Cory Spangenberg and pastime Tyler Saladinowho has never had a chance last year due to an ankle injury and trade for Jonathan Schoop.
The brewers could still sign a free agent – Josh Harrisonsomeone? – or report Moustakas and keep Shaw on the second, but if Hiura has a good spring, he could earn a call-up during the season.
Will there be additions of late rosters?
The Brewers signed the appetizer Wade Miley at the beginning of spring training last year and became a key gear during the elongation race and the playoff race. They have already signed a veteran Josh Timlin to a contract of the minor league, but it is a blow in the darkness.
Since the off-season free-agent signings are becoming later and later, it would not be a surprise if they had added another starter soon, with Kuechel and Gonzalez among the possibilities.
Moustakas is a candidate for the return, although he will probably wait a while to see if his market will improve. Harrison, which offers positional versatility, is another possibility and could maintain the second base up to Hiura or Mauricio Dubon (above) degree in AAA Class.
Can Yasmani Grandal catch the ball?
signature Yasmani Grandal (top right) at a $ 18.5 million a year deal gave the brewers one of the best baseball hunters. A switch with power, Grandal will lengthen the batting order afterwards Manny Pina and others struggled at the plate last season.
However, Brewers fans will not forget the mysterious problem Grandal has had with his balls during the playoffs. It is considered above average as a pitcher and bagpipe, so it will be a great improvement – unless it has developed a case with the yip taking the ball.
Will the swinging changes help Ryan Braun?
It is an indisputable point that Ryan Braun he was cursed with bad luck at the plate last season, hitting the ball strongly but too often with someone. It is also indisputable that Braun only had 20 home runs, where luck was not a factor.
At age 35, Braun finally made a concession to grow old during the offseason and tinkered with his gorgeous swing in an attempt to regain some power. But while analyst-based talk about the bat path and launch angles look good, the demonstration will come when Braun starts tackling the majors pitchers.
Christian Yelich can do it again?
After arriving via trade a year ago, Christian Yelich he was the winner of the NLP MV Award. He has the talent and the attitude to repeat or even exceed his performance of 2018, but will he have the energy?
Yelich had a swirling offseason on the awards circuit and, along with Braun and Moustakas, was the face of recovery efforts for two tragedies – violent fiery and a mass shootout – in their California residency area.
Brewers will have to closely monitor Yelich for signs of mental and physical fatigue.
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