The biggest question mark surrounding the Brewers entering 2021 is their infield. Last season, the first and third base positions failed to produce consistent offense. Justin Smoak was released, as was Logan Morrison. Daniel Vogelbach provided some late-season stability at first, but has not put together a solid full season yet. Jedd Gyorko, the Brewers’ best offensive player last season, was not brought back. Now, the Brewers look to boost their infield with the acquisition of long-time foe, Kolton Wong. The deal is for two years and $18 million. There is a club option for a third year.
Kolton Wong’s Career
Kolton Wong broke into the Majors with the Cardinals in 2013 and has been there ever since. In his first full season, 2014, he finished third in Rookie of the Year voting. That season, he hit .249/.292/.388 with 12 home runs, 42 RBI, and 20 stolen bases. For his career, he has a slash line of .261/.333/.384. He has won the Gold Glove at second base in the National League in each of the past two seasons.
What Would This Mean for Huira?
Of course, the Brewers already have a second baseman. Keston Huira roared onto the scene for the Brewers in 2019, but went through a season-long slump in 2020. The Brewers, though, are not worried about Huira’s offense. Many sluggers went through slumps in 2020, and Huira is primed for a bounceback.
However, his defense continues to be a large weakness in his game. It also does not appear like he will be able to get any better in the field. The thought among many is that Huira will be shifted to first base, allowing the Gold Glover to take over second. This would benefit the Brewers in two ways. One, it would solve one of the corner infield concerns. Two, it would shore up the infield defense.
When it all comes down to it, this may be one of the best signings the club could hope for entering 2021. Welcome to Milwaukee, Kolton!
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