We don’t know what the off-season holds for the Milwaukee Brewers, but picking Jedd Gyorko’s team option should be on your to-do list.
With David Stearns at the helm, we never really know what the offseason has in store for the Milwaukee Brewers. He could go out and sign level players Yasmani Grandal and Mike Moustakas in the same offseason, make a big trade like he did for Christian Yelich, or go through the offseason loading the roster with several candidates to rebound on economic deals.
However, one move that should be made this offseason is to choose Jedd Gyorko’s 2021 team option.
To put it simply, it’s been a tough season for the pot Brewers, as I’m sure you’ve noticed. Sure, we saw 19 and 18 performances this month, but in general there were a lot more bad things than good. As a team, Milwaukee ranks 25th in the squad average, 21st in the OPS squad – which has climbed several places due to some recent performances – and its 4.29 runs per game are also in 21st place. and also got a boost after some high-scoring games recently.
Yet due to the inconsistent play on the plate, there has been a stable actor, and no, it’s not Chrisitan Yelich or Keston Hiura, but the aforementioned Gyorko.
Very calmly, Gyorko has put together the best statistical season of his career, and yes, I know it’s a short season, but his best nonetheless. In 119 plate appearances, his .272 / .353 / .563 cutting line are all career highs, as is his .916 OPS, which is by far the best in this Brewers team in 2020.
The numbers below tell a similar story about Gyorko’s success this season. According to Statcast, while his strikeout rate is high, so is his walk rate and his hard hit rate is more than nine percent higher than his career average.
Additionally, Gyorko’s barrel speed – which measures how often a batted ball has an exit speed of at least 98 mph and falls into a specific launch angle as low as 25-31 degrees, i.e. hitting the ball – by 16. , 4 percent is double. of his career average and ranks in the 96th percentile of all baseball players this season. And oh yeah, it has a wRC + of 137 and provides some positional flexibility, a feature we know Stearns and Craig Counsell want.
Due to the Milwaukee Brewers’ lack of offensive production, Gyorko has become an everyday player, but in an ideal scenario and the scenario I’m sure Stearns envisioned Gyorko when the Brewers signed him, he’s in a platoon aimed primarily at left- handers. This season, Gyorko’s OPS against lefties is an impressive 1,141 compared to .756 against right-handers.
That said, this isn’t an ideal situation the Brewers are in at the moment – hopefully, next year, they will – but Gyorko still provided this offense with some anti-rights juice with four home runs and a OPS + of 101, just above the league average.
As for what it will take to get Gyorko back, well, it’s already built into his deal. According to Spotrac, Gyorko has signed a contract with a base salary of $ 1 million for the 2020 season and a team option for 2021 with a base salary of $ 4.5 million. For the discerning and cost-conscious Milwaukee Brewers, this is a hefty increase in base salary, but well worth paying.
In what has been a frustrating year at the plate for this Brewers baseball club as a whole, Jedd Gyorko provided a constant presence when they needed it most. There’s no reason not to bring him back for another season, even if he’s not a daily player in 2021.