4. Ryan Braun hits 30 home runs.
From 2007-2012, Ryan Braun hit 30 or more home runs in every season but one, including a career-high 41 in 2012. Unfortunately, he’s only reached that mark one time since then and that came in 2016.
Last season, he only smashed 17 long balls, the second-lowest total of his career.
At this stage in his career, Braun is what he is, and it appears he’ll always struggle to stay healthy (he hasn’t appeared in more than 140 games since 2012). With the part-time move to first base in the works, it should allow him to continue seeing consistent playing time with the log jam in the outfield. And that’s good news for Brauny.
At 34-years-old, he should still have some pop left in his bat and that means Milwaukee will have one of the most dangerous hitters in baseball in their lineup. He’ll also have more protection around him given the improved hitters in the Brewers’ batting order this season.
And that will be the biggest difference maker for Braun, who will get much better pitches to hit.