Walk this way: Brewers closing in on record-setting increase

BY foxsports • September 30, 2016

One word describing the Milwaukee Brewers' rebuild to fans might be patience.

That's also a good word to describe the Brewers' hitting approach this season.

Barring a free-swinging three-game final series against Colorado, Milwaukee will have the largest differential of walks from one season to the next since 1986. With three games left to play in the regular season, the Brewers are just six walks away from being alone in the top spot over the last 30 years.

MLB TEAMS, LARGEST INCREASE IN WALKS SINCE 1996

Team Seasons Year 1 Year 2 Diff.
Pirates 1998-99 393 537 +180
Mariners 1994-95 372 549 +177
Brewers 2015-16 412 587 +175
Astros 1994-95 394 566 +172
Marlins 1994-95 349 517 +168

Keep in mind that 1994 was cut short due to a lockout and teams played between 112-117 games. So this increase is even more impressive.

Here's the walks for each player for Milwaukee this season compared to last year (min. 74 games played)

2016

Player Walks OBP
Jonathan Villar 77 .369
Chris Carter 75 .491
Kirk Nieuwenhuis 56 .325
Ryan Braun 46 .368
Scooter Gennett 37 .318
Keon Broxton 36 .354
Jonathan Lucroy 33 .359
Martin Malonado 32 .326
Domingo Santana 30 .348
Aaron Hill 30 .359
Hernan Perez 16 .295

2015

Player Walks OBP
Adam Lind 66 .360
Ryan Braun 54 .356
Khris Davis 44 .323
Jonathan Lucroy 36 .326
Carlos Gomez 23 .328
Martin Maldonado 23 .282
Gerardo Parra 20 .369
Shane Peterson 20 .324
Elian Herrera 18 .290
Aramis Ramirez 16 .295
Jason Rogers 15 .367
Jean Segura 13 .281
Scooter Gennett 12 .294
Hernan Perez 4 .281

The Brewers' franchise record for improvement in walks occurred during the 1982 season, when they had 484 walks, which was 184 more than the 300 they had in the 1981 season.

Statistics courtesy STATS LLC and baseball-reference.com



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