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Ryan Braun | Outfielder | #8

Team: Milwaukee Brewers
Age / DOB:  (34) / 11/17/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 203
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Miami (FL)
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 1 (5) / MLW
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MLB.com's Adam McCalvy reports that Ryan Braun is "highly unlikely" to be the Brewers' second baseman this season.
Braun told fans Sunday at the Brewers On Deck event that he's talked to management about giving second base (as well as first base) a try in spring training, but McCalvy writes that it "sounds like just something he offered in passing to make clear he's open to anything." The 34-year-old becoming a realistic option at second base never seemed realistic, although it does appear Braun could wind up seeing some playing time at first base this season. Jan 28 - 12:52 PM

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Ryan Braun said Sunday that he's discussed with the Brewers playing both first and second base some in spring training.

Braun played some shortstop and second base in college at Miami and was a third baseman throughout the minors and his first year in the majors. However, he's now 34 and hasn't played any infield position since 2007. Him moving to second base would help free up a logjam in the Brewers outfield, but it's not realistic to think he's capable of playing there on a regular basis. A move to first base for Braun is much more realistic, although the Brewers already have two capable first basemen in Eric Thames and Jesus Aguilar. It still seems like the most likely scenario here is Milwaukee trades Domingo Santana and Braun stays in the outfield, but if Santana is still with the Brewers in spring training it will be interesting to see how long Braun's experimentation with first and second base lasts.

Brewers general manager David Stearns said Friday that using Ryan Braun at first base is "something we're open to exploring in spring training and see where it leads."

Stearns added that "it's something Ryan is open to." Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported earlier Friday that the Brewers, with their glut out outfielders, were considering using Braun at first base. It makes some sense that Braun would give the position a test run, but if Milwaukee winds up trading Domingo Santana they'll need Braun more in left field.
Jan 26 - 3:20 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Brewers have discussed the possibility of using Ryan Braun at first base this season.

Much of the speculation following the Brewers' acquisitions of Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain has centered around them trading Domingo Santana, but Rosenthal says the club could hang on to Santana and use Braun in a lesser role, starting him at first base against lefties and keeping him as part of the outfield rotation. Braun has never played first base before but did come up as a third baseman. Ultimately, a trade of Santana for pitching still seems like the most probable occurrence here. The Brewers are keeping their options open, though.
Source: The Athletic
Jan 26 - 9:51 AM

Ryan Braun indicated that he'd be open to moving to first base in a radio interview with WTMJ-AM this week.

It's probably not something the Brewers will discuss this winter, though it could be a possibility come 2019. It also might become a factor if Braun's name comes up in trade talks again. He was rumored to be going to the Dodgers in August 2016, and there was again some speculation there in the spring. Braun now has full no-trade protection, and while he still might be willing to go to the Dodgers, it doesn't appear that he's interested in playing anywhere else at this point.
Thu, Oct 19, 2017 05:02:00 PM

Ryan Braun indicated Sunday that he was battling some health issues during his late-season struggles.

Braun, who hit just .223/.282/.388 over his final 38 games, mentioned a wrist ailment as one injury he was dealing with. He made a couple trips to the disabled list in the first half with calf injuries, and it sounds like some other maladies probably would've sent him to the DL after the All-Star break if the Brewers weren't battling for a playoff spot. Of course, injuries are nothing new with Braun, as he hasn't played a full season since 2012. He'll turn 34 in November, so it seems unlikely that his health problems will go away. Braun is not in the Brewers' lineup Sunday.
Sun, Oct 1, 2017 02:22:00 PM

Ryan Braun went 2-for-3 and hit his 17th homer against the Pirates on Monday.

Braun has picked it up some this month, batting .294 with four homers, four steals and 12 runs scored in 15 games. He's most likely going to finish with the second lowest OPS+ of his career, but he remains an asset when he's in the lineup.
Mon, Sep 18, 2017 10:35:00 PM

Ryan Braun doubled twice and homered in a loss to the Marlins on Saturday.

Braun and Travis Shaw went back-to-back in the sixth inning, and the outfielder added an RBI double in the ninth as well. The homer was the 16th in 91 games for Braun this year. Injuries have played a part, but when on the field, the 33-year-old has remained one of the game's most dynamic offensive weapons. Through Saturday, Braun is hitting .272/.341/.498 with his 16 homers, 48 RBI, 52 runs scored and 11 steals.
Sun, Sep 17, 2017 12:25:00 AM

Ryan Braun is out of the lineup on Wednesday for Milwaukee's matchup with Pittsburgh.

It's just a rest day for Braun. Hernan Perez will play left field in his place, and he'll hit sixth against Tyler Glasnow and the Pirates.
Wed, Sep 13, 2017 04:58:00 PM

Ryan Braun connected for a two-run homer in Friday’s 2-0 win over the Cubs.

His two-run blast off John Lackey in the first inning ended up being the only offense of the ballgame for either club. Braun now has 300 homers for his career, with 15 of them coming this year. He’s batting .276/.343/.503 through 85 games.
Sat, Sep 9, 2017 12:19:00 AM

Ryan Braun went 3-for-4 with a solo homer in Monday’s loss to the Reds.

Braun went deep off Homer Bailey in the seventh, giving him his first home run since August 11. He’s now hit 25 home runs in his career at Great American Ball Park, the most of any visiting player. The 33-year-old is batting .279/.341/.503 with 14 homers, 43 RBI, and eight steals through 82 games on the year.
Mon, Sep 4, 2017 04:38:00 PM

Ryan Braun is getting Saturday off after being ejected from Friday's game.

Braun was due a day off this weekend, and apparently missing the second half of Friday's game didn't count as one. He'll be back tomorrow.
Sat, Sep 2, 2017 05:27:00 PM

Ryan Braun was ejected from Friday’s game against the Nationals in the fourth inning for arguing balls and strikes.

Braun struck out in both of his plate appearances Friday and apparently said the wrong thing to Mark Ripperger in his second at-bat before being tossed. Hernan Perez took his place in left field and went 1-for-2 with a single and a strikeout.
Fri, Sep 1, 2017 11:57:00 PM

Ryan Braun is getting the day off Wednesday afternoon against the Pirates.

This appears to a routine breather for the veteran outfielder. Hernan Perez will start in left field and bat seventh versus Pittsburgh right-hander Gerrit Cole.
Wed, Aug 16, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Ryan Braun went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI on Sunday as the Brewers topped the Reds.

Braun got the Brewers on the board with an RBI double in the first inning and came around to score later in the frame. He's enjoying another terrific season at the dish, when he has been able to be on the field, slashing .295/.370/.549 with 13 homers, 42 RBI and eight stolen bases.
Sun, Aug 13, 2017 05:25:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Stephen Vogt
2Manny Pina
3Jett Bandy
4Jacob Nottingham
1B1Eric Thames
2Jesus Aguilar
2B1Jonathan Villar
2Eric Sogard
3Nick Franklin
4Keston Hiura
5Nate Orf
SS1Orlando Arcia
2Mauricio Dubon
3B1Travis Shaw
LF1Ryan Braun
2Hernan Perez
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Keon Broxton
3Brett Phillips
4Kyle Wren
RF1Christian Yelich
2Domingo Santana
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jimmy Nelson
2Zach Davies
3Chase Anderson
4Jhoulys Chacin
5Brandon Woodruff
6Brent Suter
7Yovani Gallardo
8Junior Guerra
9Wade Miley
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Corey Knebel
2Josh Hader
3Jacob Barnes
4Matt Albers
5Jeremy Jeffress
6Boone Logan
7Oliver Drake
8Radhames Liz
9JJ Hoover
10Michael Brady
11Erik Davis
12Ernesto Frieri
13Mike Zagurski
14Hiram Burgos