Braun is expected to see minimal time at first base for the Brewers in 2019, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. Braun worked in spring training at first base last year to help the Brewers fully utilize their outfield depth, but the emergence of Jesus Aguilar ended up limiting Braun's exposure at the position in 2018, so this comes as no surprise. The offseason trades of Domingo Santana and Keon Broxton only further entrenched Braun, Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich as Milwaukee's outfield starters for 2019, with Ben Gamel -- acquired in the Santana trade -- set to serve as the fourth outfielder. The 35-year-old Braun is coming off a 125-game campaign in which he slashed .254/.313/.469 with 20 home runs, and he's looking to re-tap into his power by working to raise his launch angle this offseason.
Braun said Sunday that he's worked with a private coach this winter to make changes to his swing in order to tap into more power, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. Even in his age-34 season, Braun still hit the ball with authority (43.0 percent hard-hit rate), but it didn't translate to as much over-the-fence power (20 home runs in 444 plate appearances) as compared to years past. In fact, Braun has posted the four worst flyball rates of his career in the past four seasons, with the Brewers' longtime franchise player instead spraying more grounders and flyballs around the yard. Adjusting his launch angle could help Braun recover some of the home-run output he's lost in recent seasons, but simply avoiding the disabled list would probably prove more consequential to his overall fantasy value. He hasn't played in more than 140 games in any season since 2012.
Braun went 2-for-4 in the Brewers' series-clinching victory over the Rockies on Sunday. Braun had a nice series at the plate against the Rockies, going 5-for-13 (.385) over three games. With that performance coming on the heels of the .991 OPS he posted in September, expect Braun to remain a fixture in the middle of the Brewers' batting order the rest of the way.
Braun went 3-for-4 with a double and two solo home runs in Friday's 6-5 win over the Tigers. His second homer of the night, and 20th of the season, proved to be the game-winner as he drove a 2-2 pitch from Victor Alcantara over the right-field fence. It's Braun's second two-homer game of the week and fifth long ball in the last four games, and the long-time Brewer is doing everything in his power to push his team past the Cubs and into an NL Central title.
Braun went 2-for-5 with two home runs and three RBI in Tuesday's win over the Cardinals. Braun hit a solo home run in the first inning off Austin Gomber and later hit a two-run shot -- his 18th of the year -- in the eighth inning off Mike Mayers. Braun has homered in back-to-back games and has recorded at least one RBI in three straight games. On the year the 34-year-old is hitting .251/.311/.456 with 23 doubles, 59 RBI, 55 runs and 11 stolen bases in 386 at-bats. Braun has been sharing time in a crowded Milwaukee outfield, which has cut into his at-bats this season.