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Second baseman Rickie Weeks is back for his 10th season with the Brewers. (PHOTO: David Bernacchi )

Meet your 2013 Milwaukee Brewers


The Milwaukee Brewers open the 2013 season on Monday at Miller Park against the Colorado Rockies, which is also the beginning of a six game home stand. There are a lot of familiar faces returning for The Crew, but here is your handy guide to the roster with some information that you may – or may not – already know.

Regular position players

Norichika Aoki (RF): The 31-year-old hit .288 while notching 150 hits in 151 games in his rookie year. … He never hit a home run in four years of college ball in Japan.

Carlos Gomez (CF): Speedy 27-year-old achieved career highs in average (.260), homers (19) and stolen bases (37) last season. … This is his 10th season as a professional ballplayer.
Connect: @C_Gomez27

Ryan Braun (LF): Stole his 100th career base, hit his 200th homer and collected his 1,000th career hit in 2012. ... The 29-year-old got engaged during the offseason.

Corey Hart (1B): Played his first 59 games at first base without an error. … Has nine career leadoff home runs. ... Is recovering from knee surgery and will start the year on the disabled list.

Rickie Weeks (2B): Hit .282 with 12 homers and 30 RBI in his last 65 games. … Is franchise leader in hit-by-pitches with 108, yet that ranks only 60th in MLB history.

Jean Segura (SS): Hit .264 in 44 games after being acquired in Zack Greinke deal. … Led Class A with 161 hits in 2010.
Connect: @jeansegura9

Aramis Ramirez (3B): Hit .300 with 27 homers after starting year hitting .218. … Wasn't interested in baseball until he was 13.

Jonathan Lucroy (C): The Brewers are a collective 22 games over .500 in his career when he starts behind the plate. … Only catcher in baseball history with two, 7-RBI games in a season.
Connect @JLucroy20

Key reserves

Alex Gonzalez (1B/SS): Had 15 RBI before tearing his knee on May 5. …36-year-old won a World Series in 2003. ... Will see time at first base this year.

Martin Maldonado (C): Pitchers posted a 3.87 ERA with him behind the plate. … Likes cutting hair as a hobby.
Connect: @Machete1224

Taylor Green (IF): Made 23 starts at four different positions. … Is a two-time Brewers Minor League Player of the Year (2007 and 2011). ... Will start the year on the DL.

Yuniesky Betancourt (IF): Part of the Brewers' 2011 playoff team returns to fill out an injury-depleted roster. ... Was released by Kansas City in August after appearing in just 54 games last year.

Pitchers

Yovani Gallardo: The Brewers went 22-11 when the 27-year-old started last year. … Has hit 10 career home runs.

Kyle Lohse: The 34-year-old was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 1996 and has been traded three times for a total of four other players. ... He has appeared in 11 postseason series, throwing in 13 games.

Marco Estrada: The 29-year-old struck out 10 or more batters three times in 2012. … Played for a team called the Waikiki Beach Boys.

Mike Fiers: Notched a team best 21 1/3 scoreless innings. … Walked only 36 in over 127 innings.
Connect: @Fiers64

Chris Narveson: The 31-year-old made just two starts in 2012 before tearing rotator cuff. … Won 11 games in 2011.
Connect: @sleep_trick

Mark Rogers: Brewers went 3-4 in his starts, but was a victim of three blown saves. … Worked on his dad's lobster boat as a kid. ... Is recovering from shoulder pain and will start the year on the DL.

Tom Gorzelanny: 2012 was first full season as a reliever, had 1.33 ERA after All-Star break. … Lives in Iowa in the offseason.
Connect: @TGorz

Mike Gonzalez: Signed with the Washington Nationals in May of last year; then posted 3.03 ERA in 47 games. … 34-year-old was a 30th round draft pick by Pittsburgh in 1997.

Burke Badenhop: Last year was the first full season in the majors for the 30-year-old, posting a 3.03 ERA in 66 appearances … Holds an economics degree from Bowling Green University.

Brandon Kintzler: Made four stops in Brewers organization in 2012, finishing 3-0 with a 3.78 ERA for Brewers in 14 games. … Drove a limo for the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas in 2009.

Jim Henderson: Struck out 45 in 30 2/3 innings with Brewers. … Was drafted by the Montreal Expos.
Connect: @JimHenderson29

John Axford: The 30-year-old closer held opponents to a .229 batting average in 2012 … Once played for a team called the Melville Millionaires in Canada.
Connect: @JohnAxford


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DanY | March 29, 2013 at 2:03 p.m. (report)

good analysis.

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