The Emergence of Trent Grisham


Brewers fans have themselves another rookie to be excited about here in 2019.

On Wednesday afternoon in front of a packed house at Miller Park, Trent Grisham had his first signature moment as a Brewer. Facing veteran Sergio Romo with the Crew down 5-3 in the eighth, Trent Grisham sent a 2-2 fastball into the second deck in right field for a go-ahead, three-run home run that proved to be the game winner.

It is still a relatively small sample-size, but 22-year-old outfielder Trent Grisham has provided a much-needed spark in the Milwaukee Brewers lineup since his call-up on July 31. Grisham, who started the season in AA Biloxi is batting .314 with a .350 OBP in 11 games primarily hitting leadoff for the Crew.

When Trent was called up he figured to see plenty of playing time, because David Stearns & co. wouldn’t call a prospect up to the bigs just for him to be relegated to the bench. He has seized his opportunity and earned the right to be put in the lineup on a near-daily basis this month.

The Brewers picked Trent, a Fort Worth, TX native straight out of high school in the first round of the 2015 draft. After a couple mediocre seasons in ‘17 and ‘18 in which Grisham hit .223 and .233 respectively, something clicked for him this year offensively. In 34 games with AAA San Antonio, Grisham hit .384 with an eye-popping 1.247 OPS.

Given Lorenzo Cain’s season-long struggles with injury and ineffectiveness, and Ryan Braun’s need for sporadic days off, Trent Grisham figures to have an important role in the last six weeks of the regular season for Milwaukee.

“A lot of times, young players can provide sparks for teams,” Manager Craig Counsell said. “I think that’s what Trent has been doing. It takes pressure off some of the other guys.

If his first couple weeks in the show are any indication, Trent Grisham won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.



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