A rival scout sizes up the BREWERS
They're not bad: When you have YOVANI GALLARDO, MATT GARZA and KYLE LOHSE one-two-three in the rotation, you're O.K.... JEAN SEGURA has to be more selective, but he can hit first, second and potentially even third if his power comes along. He has a nice line drive swing—short, quick stroke—and hits to all fields. He's one of the best young shortstops in the game.... I haven't seen any drop-off with RYAN BRAUN.I'm not saying the PEDs didn't help Braun, but I think he'll still hit .300 with 20 to 25 home runs. He'll be fine switching to rightfield. He has enough arm to play there.... JONATHAN LUCROY is one of the more underrated players in the game, a solid hitter with some power and an accurate arm behind the plate.... Leftfield is a weak spot. KHRIS DAVIS has some power, but trouble with pitch recognition. Once the league catches up to him, he'll strike out too much.... I've always liked CARLOS GOMEZ, but I did not see last season coming. It's all because he was more selective than he's ever been.... SCOOTER GENNETT really struggled this spring. He got in bad counts early and pressed. RICKIE WEEKS has his issues defensively, but I could see them optioning Gennett out and starting Weeks at second base.... TYLER THORNBURG isn't a power arm, but he throws in the low 90s and mixes his pitches. He deserves to make the team either as a starter or in the bullpen.... WILL SMITH has really taken to the bullpen well. In that role his stuff has spiked. He's throwing 93 to 95 now, up from 90--91.
2014 Projected Statistics and Run Totals by ROTOWIRE.COM
PROJECTED RUNS SCORED
NL AVERAGE 667
PROJECTED RUNS ALLOWED
NL AVERAGE 677
Last year Brewers first basemen combined for a line of .206/.259/.370 and a WAR of -4.6, a performance Fangraphs rated as the worst ever for any team at the position. Faced with this staggering hole, Milwaukee ... did nothing. Waiver pickup JUAN FRANCISCO, retread LYLE OVERBAY and failed prospects SEAN HALTON and HUNTER MORRIS fought for the job in camp, a battle with no winners. GM Doug Melvin needs to make one phone call: trade for the Mets' Ike Davis. It won't be easy—the Brewers have one of the worst farm systems in baseball—but New York is motivated to move Davis. Last year the former first-round pick hit .205/.326/.334 with nine home runs and hid an oblique injury from the team, but two years ago Davis popped 32 homers in a tough park for lefty power. He needs a change of scenery. Whether it's a back-end arm like JOHNNY HELLWEG or a suspect outfielder like MITCH HANIGER, Melvin has to find the name that gets a deal done.
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GREGORY BULL/AP (BRAUN)