The Milwaukee Brewers finished their 2016 season today defeating the Colorado Rockies 6-4 in ten innings following a two-run home run by Andrew Susac in the top of the tenth. For Susac, it was his first career home run, and might very well be his only as I do not expect him to make the roster next year. So hats off to him. The Brewers finished the first full season of this long rebuilding project they are on with a record of 73-89. The Brewers will draft eighth overall, next June as a result. For now, let's hand out some 2016 season awards for the team.
Best Rookie: Zach Davies/SP- The Brewers played a lot of rookies this season so there was much to choose from. Davies stood out the best out of all of them. Davies finished the season with 28 starts, including 15 quality starts, and led the Brewers with 11 wins.
Most Improved Player: Hernan Perez/Utility Infielder- Wow. Just “wow.” Basically thought of as a utility player at best, Perez proved he can be a very valuable asset to any roster if asked to play more than just sparingly. Perez played in 123 games, batting .272 with 13 home runs and 56 RBI's. They have a player they can plug anywhere now in the infield who can play a lot if asked to.
Best Pitcher: Zach Davies - Not only was Davies the best rookie, he is also the best pitcher for the Brewers in 2016. His final full numbers for the season go as follows- 11-7 with a 3.97 ERA and 135 strikeouts.
Team MVP- Ryan Braun/OF- Ryan Braun recovered from some nightmarish public relations in recent years, as well as some serious injuries. He went from “career threatening” troubles to come back and have a very good 2016 campaign. Braun finished the season with a .305 batting average, 30 home runs, and 91 RBI's. In the process, he made himself great trade bait this offseason. So expect that to happen.