We continue on today with our new series slated to run through the next several months of the offseason, taking a look back at each of the 50 players who suited up for the Milwaukee Brewers during the 2017 season. We’ll recap their 2017 campaign with an eye looking forward to 2018 as well, as we remember an unexpected and exciting 2017 season at Miller Park.
HERNAN PEREZ – UTL
THE NUMBERS: Perez saw action in 136 games for the Brewers in 2017, batting .259/.289/.414. He tallied 19 doubles, three triples and 14 home runs while scoring 47 and driving in 51 runs, finishing the year with an OPS of .704.
SEASON REVIEW: One of the most versatile players on the Brewers’ roster, Perez saw time all over the diamond in 2017, playing mostly at third base, second base and at all three outfield positions. He also saw limited action at shortstop and first base and even pitched one game, tossing a scoreless inning of relief.
An aggressive hitter who likes to take his cuts early in the count, Perez was remarkably consistent throughout the year. He hit .266 prior to the All-Star break before cooling off just slightly in the second half of the season, batting .247 following the break and was slightly better with runners in scoring position than in other situations.
GAME OF THE YEAR: Many of the games that Perez appeared in saw him bouncing around the diamond or entering later as a pinch-hitter, but he drove in 51 runs, including a huge game early in the season against Cincinnati at Miller Park. In an April 25th matchup with the Reds, Perez reached base four times, going 4-for-4 with a walk, two triples and a home run, driving in three as the Brewers thumped Cincinnati by a score of 9-1.
OVERALL GRADE: C+
OUTLOOK FOR 2018: The Brewers love players that can play multiple positions and Perez has the ability to play anywhere, increasing his value immensely. He should return in his super-utility role once again in 2018 where he will likely log plenty of playing time without a set position. The one thing that could change all of that is the presence of several other utility players like Jonathan Villar and Eric Sogard. There’s probably not a need for three players in the super-utility role and one of them could be dealt in the offseason in order to upgrade another area.