Brewers By the (Jersey) Numbers ’15 – #27 Carlos Gomez

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The number 27 holds a special place in my heart due to some personal reasons. As such, I’ve always paid particular attention — intentionally or not — to who on a given team wears 27. For the Brewers over the years there have been a couple of notable donners, but it was a rough go more often than not. It is the singular reason, for example, that I was willing to keep giving Brady Clark chances to perform.

So imagine my excitement when the Milwaukee Brewers and Minnesota Twins consummated their November 2009 trade that brought today’s profile subject to the Badger State.

But without further ado, let’s get into my look at…

Carlos Gomez.

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Gomez had quite the 2014 season. In fact, it matched or exceeded his 2013 breakout season in many ways. From identical .284 batting averages and 73 RBIs each year, the similarities are staggering. Here are the two years for the sake of comparison (courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com).

Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
2013 ★ 27 MIL NL 147 590 536 80 152 27 10 24 73 40 7 37 146 .284 .338 .506 .843 128 271 11 10 1 6 2 *8 AS,MVP-9,GG
2014 ★ 28 MIL NL 148 644 574 95 163 34 4 23 73 34 12 47 141 .284 .356 .477 .833 130 274 10 19 1 3 0 *8/D AS,MVP-16

Statistically, as you can see…

  • Better:
    • Games, Plate Appearances, At-Bats, Runs, Hits, Doubles, Walks, Strikeouts, On-Base, OPS+, Total Bases, GIDP
  • Same:
    • RBI, Extra Base Hits, Batting Average, All-Star
  • Worse:
    • Triples, Home Runs, Stolen Bases, Stolen Base %, Slugging %, OPS

Gomez continues to play like his hair is on fire and ran into too many outs on the bases, and with fewer chances he robbed less home runs at the wall. All that considered, despite some nagging injuries again during the dog days of summer, Gomez performed very well in the second season of his talent realization. He feels he can do better and says over and over how he’ll never be satisfied. His stated goal on social media this year is to be the National League’s Most Valuable Player. No reason not to aim high.

But the key reason I point out all of those statistical similarities is because too often we fans see a breakout year be followed up by a poor one, or at least one marred by the dreaded regression. That Gomez was able to once again produce at the plate in 2014 the way he did in 2013 is incredibly encouraging.

Now it’s all about taking that next step forward. Gomez can be an All-Star again with similar numbers but to reach that brass ring of MVP, he’ll need to continue to hone those incredible physical gifts into cleaner and even more refined baseball skills.

I’m looking forward to the results.

Follow Carlos on Twitter: @C_Gomez27

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