BRAUN, RYAN

Position: Outfield

DOB: November 17, 1983

Height: 6’2″ / Weight: 205

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

40-man roster: Yes

How acquired: Drafted (1st round, 2005)

Profile: Selected by Milwaukee with the fifth overall pick in the first round in 2005, Braun made his pro debut with Helena before quickly moving up to Low-A West Virginia. He split 2006 between High-A Brevard County and Double-A Huntsville and opened 2007 with Triple-A Nashville before getting called up to Milwaukee in May of 2007. Braun established himself as one of the best players in baseball, being named to the National League All-Star team six different times and winning Most Valuable Player honors in 2011. After beginning his pro career as a third baseman, Bruan made the move to the outfield in 2008, playing left field from 2008-2013, then moving to right for two seasons before sliding back over to left in 2016. One of the best hitters the Milwaukee Brewers franchise has ever seen, Braun hits for both average and power, posting a career MLB line of .304/.367/.544 with a .910 OPS over his first ten seasons. He has good speed on the bases and in the outfield and should still have several highly productive seasons remaining.

2005: After signing with Milwaukee, Braun was sent to Helena to begin his professional career in the Pioneer League. He quickly earned a promotion to Low-A West Virginia after hitting .341 over ten games. He saw action in 37 more games after joining West Virginia, and went on to hit .355 with eight home runs.

2006: Braun earned a bump to High-A Brevard County to begin the 2006 season and in 59 games there he hit .274/.346/.438 with seven home runs and was named to the Florida State League All-Star team. He was promoted again at mid-season, joining Double-A Huntsville and finished out the year there and in 59 games he hit .303 with 19 doubles and 15 home runs. He participated in the Arizona Fall League following the season and was named to the All-Prospect Team.

2007: The Brewers moved Braun up to Triple-A Nashville to start the 2007 season but after hitting .342 with 10 home runs over his first 34 games, Milwaukee brought him to the big leagues where he took over at third base for the Brewers. In 113 games there, he hit .324 and clubbed 34 home runs, driving in 97.

2008: In his second MLB season, Braun made the move to the outfield and again put up big offensive numbers, hitting .285 with 39 doubles, seven triples and 37 home runs while helping the Brewers earn a Wild Card berth. That earned him his first All-Star game nod as well as a Silver Slugger Award.

2009: Braun continued to thrive with Milwaukee in 2009. Hitting in the hear of the Brewers order, he hit .320 with 39 doubles, six triples and 32 home runs, once again earning a spot on the NL All-Star team.

2010: The success continued for Braun in 2010 as he continued to produce consistently big numbers for the Brewers. In 157 games, he wound up hitting .304 with 25 home runs as he was named an All-Star for the third straight season.

2011: Braun put together a huge season for Milwaukee in 2011, helping the Brewers to the National League Championship while earning MVP honors. He hit .332/.397/.597 with a .994 OPS, racking up 38 doubles, six triples and 33 home runs en route to being named an All-Star for the fourth straight year.

2012: After an offseason of turmoil following a failed test for PED’s, Braun looked like the same player for the Brewers in 2012. He played in 154 games, hitting .319 with a career high 41 home runs while being selected to the NL All-Star team for a fifth consecutive season.

2013: Plagued by injuries and eventually suspended in July for his PED use, Braun saw action in just 61 games for the Brewers in 2013, posting a .298 average with 14 doubles and nine home runs.

2014: Braun shifted over from left field to right field in 2014 while producing one of the weaker offensive campaigns of his career while battling through injuries. He played in 135 games for Milwaukee, but hit just .266 with 19 home runs.

2015: Starting to look like the Braun of old once again, the former first rounder put together a bounceback 2015 campaign, hitting .285 with 27 doubles, three triple and 25 home runs in 140 games, returning to the All-Star game for the sixth time in his career.

2016: In his tenth season in the big leagues, Braun put together another terrific year for the Brewers in 2016. He appeared in 135 games, moving back to his home in left field, and wound up hitting .305 and slugging 30 home runs while driving in 91.

2017: Braun again battled through injuries in 2017, but managed to appear in 104 games and was solid when healthy.  He hit .268/.336/.487 with 28 doubles, two triples and 17 home runs while driving in 52 runs and scoring 58.