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Most Impressive Hitter: CF Carlos Gomez (15-for-47 [.319 BA], 8 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 10 R)
The breakout star of the 2013 season for the Brewers, Carlos Gomez will be looking to prove that he belongs among the ranks of the game's elite outfielders with another big season. Other guys have hit for a higher average than the .319 mark Gomez has put up this spring, but his 11 extra-base hits are impressive, and he will open the season setting the table out of the leadoff spot.
Most Disappointing Hitter: 2B Scooter Gennett (12-for-54 [.222 BA], 5 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 4 R)
After hitting .324/.356/.479 in 69 games down the stretch last year while playing in place of the injured Rickie Weeks, it looked like Scooter Gennett could make a run at the everyday job this spring. Instead, he has struggled, and while he will still get a chance to play his way into the job, Weeks has out-played him so far.
Most Impressive Pitcher: SP Yovani Gallardo (20.1 IP, 3.98 ERA, 6 BB, 15 K)
The 28-year-old Yovani Gallardo will take the ball on Opening Day for the Brewers for the fifth straight season, and he will be looking to regain his position as one of the top starters in the NL. After going 60-38 with a 3.68 ERA and 9.4 K/9 over his first four seasons in the rotation, he was 12-10 with a 4.18 ERA and 7.2 K/9 last year.
Most Disappointing Pitcher: SP Matt Garza (11.2 IP, 10.03 ERA, 5 BB, 10 K)
When the Brewers signed Matt Garza to a four-year, $50 million deal this offseason, it looked like an absolute steal. He was one of the top-three starting pitchers on the free-agent market—arguably the most attractive given the fact that he had no draft-pick compensation tied to him.
It's been a rough spring for Garza, but his numbers are inflated by a start in which he allowed nine hits and 10 runs (six earned) over 1.2 innings of work.
Top Prospect: RF Mitch Haniger (8-for-16 [.500 BA], 1 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 5 R)
The No. 38 pick in the 2012 draft, Mitch Haniger opens the season as the team's No. 3 prospect, according to Baseball America. The 23-year-old has not seen a ton of action in big league camp, but he has impressed in his limited action.
He posted a .779 OPS with 36 doubles and 11 home runs between Single-A and High-A last year, and he will likely open this season in Double-A.
Surprise Roster Spot Winner: RP Wei-Chung Wang (12.0 IP, 4.50 ERA, 0 BB, 6 K)
The Brewers took Wei-Chung Wang in the Rule 5 draft, but he is not your average Rule 5 player. Signed out of Taiwan by the Pirates in 2011, he had his original contract voided. However, he eventually re-signed with the Pirates, making him eligible for the draft if he was not protected.
The 21-year-old has yet to pitch above the Rookie League level, posting a 3.23 ERA and 0.866 WHIP in 12 games (11 starts) there last year. He has enough upside that the Brewers opted to keep him this spring, and he will look to stick around for the duration of the year.
Surprise Roster Cut: 1B Juan Francisco (9-for-26 [.346 BA], 1 2B, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 7 R)
Though he hit just .221 in 89 games with the Brewers last year, Juan Francisco did flash some solid power, with 10 doubles and 13 home runs in 240 at-bats.
The team brought in Mark Reynolds and Lyle Overbay as non-roster invitees this spring to compete with Francisco for the first base job, and the duo wound up beating Francisco out despite his solid numbers. Francisco was put on unconditional release waivers on Monday, according to the AP (h/t USA Today), and he has a good chance of landing elsewhere.