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.
ERIC SOGARD – INF
THE NUMBERS: Sogard appeared in 94 big league games with the Brewers in 2017, hitting .273/.393/.378. He managed 15 doubles, a triple and three home runs, driving in 18 runs while scoring 37 and stealing three bases in six attempts
SEASON REVIEW: Signed by Milwaukee last December following ten seasons in the Oakland Athletics farm system, Sogard opened up the 2017 season at Triple-A Colorado Springs, before being promoted to Milwaukee in May. He caught fire after joining the Brewers, riding an unbelievable hot streak to earn a larger role with the team, getting the majority of the starts at second base as the year went along. He came crashing back to earth in the second half of the season however, hitting just .204 after the All-Star break.
A versatile infielder who fits best at second base but can play shortstop or third in a pinch, Sogard’s breakout in May/June came as a surprise to many as he produced at a level he hadn’t before. His second half was more in line with his talent level, but he shows an ability to get on base and is a hard worker who is good in the clubhouse.
GAME OF THE YEAR: Sogard got called up at just the right time as he rode a hot streak to big numbers early, including a game against the Padres in San Diego on May 18th that saw Milwaukee come away with a 4-2 victory. Leading off and playing second base, Sogard reached base in all five of his plate appearances, going 4-for-4 with a double and a walk, while driving in three runs.
OVERALL GRADE: C
OUTLOOK FOR 2018: The Brewers were able to ink Sogard to a one-year deal in October, as he chose not to test the free agent market. The team likes his ability to play multiple positions and he could earn a spot on the 25-man roster, though the odds of him being an everyday starter are long.