For pure entertainment purposes, us here at Cream City Central were thinking, “What if the Bucks threw on the blue and gold and were Brewers?” In this article we will use the 2016-2017 Milwaukee Bucks roster to fill the positions of the Brewers. We will break the roster down by both position and batting order. The Bucks roster is ten players shorter than the Brewers so we will fill the roster as follows: all 8 field positions, five starting pitchers, a closer, and a designated hitter. The players will also be listed in the batting order.
SS Gary Payton II:
Peyton’s impact as a guard on the Bucks may be limited, but on the Brewers he’s hitting leadoff. His speed and quickness allows for his quick hands to get through the zone and pepper the field with singles. He’s the type of guy you want hitting leadoff, great average, high on base percentage, and the ability to run on just about any pitcher in the league.
LF Rashad Vaughn:
Vaughn gets the nod out in left field. A shifty, quick player who gets good jumps on the ball in the field and can cover ground. At the plate he doesn’t offer much power, but he’s a solid two hitter. He will hit for a good enough average because of the protection provided by the three hole and is able to provide a tough out before the heart of the order.
3B Jabari Parker:
Jabari screams Aramis Ramirez, great arm, good reactions, and a powerful bat at the plate. With his size and athleticism he has the range to be a gold glover, the only question is will he survive the grind of a 162 game season. He’s got the talent to be an all-star caliber player, but due to injuries hasn’t been able to stay in the lineup. At the plate Jabari is discipline, he has a good eye, but if you make the mistake of leaving a belt high pitch, he’ll go yard on you.
1B John Henson:
Henson hits cleanup for the Crew as a big power hitting first basemen. He has the power to take any pitcher deep, but like any good power hitter, also is susceptible to strikeouts. The big seven foot strike zone might be an issue, but he’s the type of guy who can really smack the ball with his long levers. The reason henson is at first is because of his length. He’ll have the biggest radius to be able to snag throws that other guys simply couldn’t.
CF Giannis Antetokounmpo:
Giannis takes the five spot in the order. I’d consider Giannis a Travis Shaw type player, but with less power. He’d hit around .300, give you a hit or two just about everyday, and field his position at par if not better. He’ll also be your most consistent hitter and work the count never giving in during an at bat. The reason I have Giannis in center is because of his long strides and ability to cover a lot of ground in very few steps. His ability to cross half court and take two steps and get to the rim translates well to center field and tracking down a line shot to the gap. Another reason to have Giannis out in center is because of his leaping ability. Giannis could be a Trout-esque player. The type of guy who could go up the wall and make incredible catches night in and night out.
C Khris Middleton:
I originally had Middleton at a different position, but when it came down to it I thought out of all the guys he’d be the best catcher. As a student of the game in basketball, Middleton has a great basketball I.Q. and I feel like he’d do the same in baseball. This would allow him to call good games behind the plate and put his pitching staff in a position to win games while he’s behind the plate. He also has great lateral quickness which would allow him to slide back and forth and block any balls in the dirt. Middleton hits sixth in the lineup because of his ability to be an average hitter. Not someone who will give you more than 20 home runs on the year because he doesn’t have a ton of pop in the bat, but he’ll hit somewhere between .250 and .275, add in 65-80 RBI’s and have a solid .333-.366 OBP. Middleton is the type of guy you need in your lineup in case 3,4, and 5 just aren’t getting it done (that’s one of the main reasons the Brewers have been so successful this year).
RF Thon Maker:
Thon got the position of right field for a couple of reasons, first, he wouldn’t see too much action. Second, like Giannis, he has good leaping ability and range which would allow him to track down balls. He also would have a high release point of the baseball making it easier to throw the ball on a direct line from right field to the plate, so expect him to shock you with a handful of putouts year in and year out. As the seven hitter, you don’t expect much from Maker, but he’ll have his games here and there. His big strike zone really hurts him and I don’t see Thon as the type of guy who’d be able to pull his hands in and yank one down the line. Expect him to be your average major league hitter at best, but the type of guy who can have a night here or there.
2B Matthew Dellavedova:
Dellavedova’s face says it all. Grit. Effort. Above all, the will to do anything to win. He’s a true second baseman. You’ll always see him in a low squat (just like his three point shot) and if his uniform isn’t dirty by the end of the game, he wasn’t in the lineup. Delly is the type of player that short arms it from second, but still manages to make the routine plays and get guys out. He’d have decent range with his above average lateral quickness and ability to get a good jump on a ball off the bat. Delly actually is hitting nine in my lineup (Pitcher hits 8 in NL matchup), I’m going the Tony La Russa route with this lineup. Delly has surprisingly good speed and can act as a second leadoff hitter. It also allows for three batters (position players) to be ahead of the power hitting 3 hole that is Jabari Parker. That increases the chances of there being guys on base for the three hole and possibly the bases loaded.
CL Spencer Hawes:
The sole reason Hawes is the closer for this team? His beard. I can see it now, Hawes jogging in, beard in the wind, some sort of rock song in the background that has fans roaring in the top of the 9th. Hawes is the type of closer to bring the heat. A mid to high 90’s fastball which is complimented by a drop-off-the-table type curve. He’s the type of pitcher that instills fear in hitters and gives them nightmares when they sleep. You don’t want to face this guy.
SP Jason Terry:
Jason Terry is my ace for this team. He may not be as tall as many starting pitchers, but he’s got the pitchers mindset. One of the smartest guys on the field. He pitches each and every batter like a chess match, thinking a couple moves ahead and setting guys up for failure each at bat. He might not be the most physically gifted guy on the mound, but you can bet Terry is the smartest player on the field at all times.
SP Malcolm Brogdon:
The Prez is similar to Terry in the fact that he is very smart on the mound, but not quite as smart as Terry. The only thing that puts Brogdon as the number two guy is the fact that he has a gifted arm. Brogdon is the rare combination of a talented arm and a mind that is well beyond his years. He has incredible potential, but hasn’t fully developed into the ace he might be one day. He’s coming of his first great season, but looks to continue that going forward in his career. The Brewers think he might be the type of guy with a mid two ERA and 100+ strikeouts, and he may very well be on his way to that.
SP Michael Beasley:
Beasley is the loose cannon of the staff. The guy that could be lockdown and give up no runs or the guy that gets shelled for 9 runs in two innings. He’s similar to a guy like Carlos Martinez of the Cardinals, he could get flustered easily and lose a game at any given moment, but as long as he’s calm, he should be able to pitch a good game.
SP Mirza Teletovic:
Teletovic is your traditional fourth pitcher. A guy who will get you somewhere around 10 wins, but probably won’t impress all too much in any given outing. He’s got average stuff, but as a veteran has proven himself already in the league. On the decline of his career Telly probably has a few good years left in him at best until he becomes the Jeff Suppan of your club.
SP Tony Snell
Snell comes in as the fifth guy on the staff, but for most teams would probably be a three or four. He really is a solid pitcher, but has always had guys in front of him who are that much better. You can still expect a lot from snell including a quality start just about every time he takes the mound. His only real issue is that he really doesn’t get a whole ton of run support. He’s a young guy who will definitely get his shot one day whether it’s with the Brewers or another team, but he’s developing into a really solid player and will be a top end starter soon.
DH Greg Monroe:
Monroe gets the nod at DH. He’s a David Ortiz-esque player, the type of guy who doesn’t move well at all, is limited to pretty much only DH or 1B. He’ll either hit it out of the park or he’s settling for a single. Monroe is a good hitter, but probably never a great hitter and wouldn’t crack the lineup on a daily basis for an NL team. On the right team in the AL, he’s probably the everyday DH, but in Milwaukee, the fit hasn’t worked out all as planned. He still has made the most of it and has been able to string together some solid numbers over the past few years in his limited role, but the big power hitter could do even better somewhere else. With that being said though, he’ll give you a solid 15-20 homers off the bench and that’s saying a lot for a guy who doesn’t play everyday.