What To Expect From Hader and Brinson?
All of the sudden, Milwaukee Brewers’ youth movement began in Arizona. Josh Hader came up on Friday afternoon as the team sent down Paolo Espino. David Sterns said he would work exclusively out of the bullpen. The next day, Jonathan Villar went on the disabled list with a back injury and Lewis Brinson got called up. The two players Milwaukee fans waited for were finally here in the big leagues. But the third member of this group, Brett Phillips had the quote that really stood out to me about this scenario.
Brett Phillips on 3 prospects now up with #Brewers: "We’re a first-place team. We’re not messing around. We’re here to win."
— Tom (@Haudricourt) June 11, 2017
Even though this is a bit cliche, you have to love it from Phillips. Brewers young guns are excited to be here, and they want to make an impact to show their worth with the team. My guess is that Hader and Brinson will be here for good unless either of them really struggle in the big leagues. Neither showed signs in Game 1. Hader put two runners on, but he struck out Jake Lamb, one of the hottest hitters in baseball, looking on a beautiful inside corner pitch. Brinson had two walks and a stolen base in Sunday’s game. Expect to see both players a ton in the doubleheader on Tuesday against St. Louis.
This is a team that Brewers fans should relish with two top-flight prospects adding themselves into the mix of this crazy season. Brewers could use the shot in the arm as they keep failing around two to three games over .500. If, and it’s a big if, Hader could be the 7th inning pitcher to set up a Hader-Barnes-Knebel finish, Brewers are in great shape, but it’s going to take awhile to have Hader pitch on back to back nights. Brinson could be a dynamic fourth outfielder who could push for everyday starter role if Keon Broxton continues to struggle. The days of Nick Franklin playing out there are likely over.
Brewers are giving their fans every reason to see them out at the ballpark in the coming weeks with the new influx of young talent.