oldballcoach1
With Aguilar continuing to struggle at the plate and Thames not showing much more, how long do the Brewers continue to run one of those guys out there??  With so little production at a much needed position - it is hard to imagine that CC and Stearns continue into the heart of the season with 1B being a huge hole in the lineup.  

There is not a lot of options on the roster or at San Antonio to take up the slack.  The best case would be for Travis Shaw to find his stroke and then be able play the bulk of games at 1B.  But, he continues to swing and miss at San Antonio and doesn't look like he is going to be help anytime soon.  I wonder if consideration is being given at looking at Braun getting some games again at 1B.  With Gamel hitting well, it would be nice to get both into the lineup.  Or maybe Gamel being an option there.  With not a lot of trade chips, Stearns probably isn't able to go get someone of note.  
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The Braun experiment at first base is probably over.   Travis Shaw brings up another problem, who to remove from the roster to make way for his return.  Perez, Thames, and Aguilar cannot be optioned to the minors.  Gamel is not going anywhere any time soon.  That leaves Keston Hiura as the guy who goes back to San Antonio to make way for Shaw.   The Brewers slash line at first base this year is .217/.329/.343.  The National League average at first base is .268/.354/.492.   It obviously needs to get better especially at a position that power is crucial.   A couple of names that the Brewers could easily trade for without giving up much in the way of prospects would be Justin Smoak or  Howie Kendrick.  There isn't really a lot out there right now.   
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The moment Aguilar started looking more comfortable at the plate and the average ticked up, he started ceding time to Thames, who despite a great OPB has seen his power short circuit. Not sure if just a case of bad timing, but Thames is getting too many starts over there, IMO.
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db11 wrote:
The moment Aguilar started looking more comfortable at the plate and the average ticked up, he started ceding time to Thames, who despite a great OPB has seen his power short circuit. Not sure if just a case of bad timing, but Thames is getting too many starts over there, IMO.


They are both getting too many starts at first base.  Aguilar only has a .250 batting average for the month of May, but has drawn 12 walks this month so his OBP is nearly .400.  That's the good, however he is only slugging .292 this month and is slugging worse than the pitchers on the year.  He has only two extra base hits, both doubles, for the month.   You can't have your first baseman slugging worse than your pitchers.   You can't send Aguilar to the minors so I don't know how he gets it turned around other than throwing him out there and hoping he gets better on his own.
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oldballcoach1
Travis Shaw's struggles have continued at San Antonio.  .174 average through 6 games played.  4 hits in 23 ab's - all singles.  So, he doesn't appear to be a quick solution to the 1B situation.  Not going to happen - but Tyler Saladino continues to hit - .299 with 11 hr's and 41 rbi.  Not a 1B by trade for sure and doesn't project to hit that many hr in the bigs, but he can hit that is for sure.  No room for him right now in Milwaukee, but if something were to happen with Arcia injury wise or something with Thames or Aguilar, he should get the first call.  If not, could see him moved if a contender has an injury happen at 2B or SS.  
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yzerman1
Saladino is a AAAA player. No one will give anything for him.


In nearly 1000 plate appearances in the major leagues, Saladino has an OPS Plus of 70, which means he is 30% below league average. If you use Fangraphs hitting metric, Weighted Runs Created, he is at 68 which is 32% below league average.  He has had plenty of chances in the majors and has not produced.  His major league numbers are on par with what Eric Sogard has done in his career.   You can't tell anything about how a player is performing from scouting his stat line.  In 2017 before he came to the majors, Josh Hader had an ERA of 5.37 in over 50 innings for Colorado Springs.  If you just looked at his stats you would have said the Brewers were crazy for bringing him to the majors.   
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oldballcoach1
Is this the same metric at had Orlando Arcia at 54 last season??
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For the first time, BA and Rock talked about Jesus Aguilar running out of time on last nights broadcast.  That usually doesn't happen - and really probably shouldn't on the home town broadcast - but that is an indication that it is on the minds of those around the team.  He left the bases loaded twice last night and you have to wonder if CC thought of hitting for him.  The trade options aren't really very hot out there and the Brewers don't have a lot of trade chips.  They could probably go get one of the struggling guys like Lucas Duda or Justin Boar, but Thames is a better option than those guys.  

Maybe, the solution is Hiura back and 2nd - Moose to 3rd and Shaw to 1st.  It would be great to have a right hand option at 1B, but there isn't a lot of options out there.  
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I do need to point out that Shaw continues to be every bit as bad as Aguilar if not worse right now.

Luckily Thames is at least putting up some positive numbers or the Brewers corner infield situation would be dire.
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