1. Christian Yelich
The Brewers acquired Christian Yelich in a trade with the Miami Marlins last winter and things couldn’t have worked out better for either party. Yelich made his first All-Star team after winning a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger award in previous seasons and Milwaukee has gotten an all-around great player and person.
Yelich has been moved all over the field, as he’s played left, center and right. And no matter where Counsell puts him, Yelich is typically the best defensive outfielder Milwaukee has (unless Keon Broxton is in the lineup). This versatility may look easy on paper, but it’s extremely difficult to do. Depending on what position he’s playing, the ball comes off the bat different and he needs to know different alignments in the outfield. He deserves a lot of kudos for putting up with the constant transitions.
Offensively, he’s been extremely efficient and consistent. He’s hitting .292 (link) with a .364 on-base percentage. Even though that’s a bit lower than his career average, he’s been doing a good enough job. If he can stay healthy for the rest of the season, he should be able to continue to produce at the top of the order. His acquisition has been nothing but huge, as he’s the most irreplaceable player in Milwaukee.