Since being called up from Triple-A San Antonio, outfielder, Trent Grisham, has impressed. With the Brewers he has had 15 at-bats and has totaled 5 hits for a .333 batting average. Of those 5 hits, 1 was a towering home run and the other was a double. Also, in just 5 games, Grisham has 5 RBIs. Grisham’s OPS+ is 116, meaning in 5 games he is 16% better at the plate than the MLB average.
Grisham was drafted in the first round of the 2015 amateur draft because of his ability to hit for both contact and power, his plate discipline, and his surprising speed. So far, in his limited time in Milwaukee, he has shown all of those tools. Before being called up, Grisham had a .381 batting average in Triple-A with a staggering 1.247 OPS. He had 13 homers, 30 RBIs, 8 doubles, and 3 triples in just 34 games for San Antonio. In the future, it would not surprise me to see Grisham become a player very similar to Ryan Braun.
The main cause for concern that Milwaukee fans had for Grisham when he was called up was his defensive abilities. However, he has played in both left and center field for the Brewers and has yet to commit in an error. His speed in the field is his best weapon considering it allows him to get to balls most outfielders can not.
At only 22-years-old, Trent Grisham is showcasing he can dominate Triple-A ball and handle MLB competition. With his ability to hit and play the field, it will be very hard for Craig Counsell to leave him out of the lineup moving forward. The Brewers already have their second baseman of the future in Keston Hiura and very well could have found their left fielder of the future in Trent Grisham. This leaves the question…with Milwaukee’s playoff chances looking slimmer and slimmer with each injury, is it time for the Brewers to blow it up and build around Grisham and Hiura?