Sometimes, just sometimes, it’s great to be right.
Last year when we were 27 days away from Opening Day, I profiled…
“If Gomez is able to maintain that level of dedication to his craft this year and finally realize the potential that once caused him to the be the centerpiece of the trade that sent an in-his-prime Johan Santana to the New York Mets…
Well, it 2013 we got a whole heaping pile of “That.” out of Carlos Gomez.
Let’s do the list:
- 25/40 HR/SB season (one of two in the Major Leagues in 2013)
- First career All-Star selection
- First career Rawlings Gold Glove Award
- First Brewers player to win a Gold Glove in over 30 years
- Set Several Career Statistical Highs
- Runs scored
- Home Runs
- Runs Batted In
- Stolen Bases
- Batting Average
- On-Base Percentage
- Slugging Percentage
- OPS (duh)
- Total Bases
- Wins Above Replacment (WAR)
- Isolated Power (ISO)
- Weighted On-Base Average (wOBA)
- Weighted Runs Created Plus (wRC+)
- Win Probability Added (WPA)
- And so many more!
If that doesn’t illustrate a bit of what Gomez accomplished in a season in which he finished ninth in National League Most Valuable Player voting, I don’t know what will.
And to start it all off? Gomez signed a multi-year contract extension to stay in Milwaukee and has, as a result, put himself into a position to become one of the faces of the franchise.
Gomez was consistent through most of the year but struggled mightily in August when several nagging injuries caught up to him and really got off to a blistering start in April. His start was aided by a ridiculously high — and therefore unsustainable — BAbip, but that didn’t stop someone from speculating wildly and setting off quite the day of discussion.
When you finally put it all together like Gomez did in his “Age 27” season, like I talked about him doing this time last year, he’s bound to turn some heads.
That also included Paul Maholm, Freddie Freeman, and Brian McCann down in Atlanta. That certainly was a memorable moment in a season of memories for the high-energy Dominican.
And if 2013 was the indication, and I think it was, you’ll see Gomez take another step forward as he strives for a new career high in games played, among other things.
After all, when you’ve got that much talent and it starts being realized in the box score, you can really see that the sky’s the limit.
Enjoy 2014, Brewers fans, it’s the second of Gomez’s four-year contract extension and it should be another doozy.
You can follow Carlos Gomez on Twitter: @C_Gomez27
Miss anyone along the way? Catch up on the Brewers By the (Jersey) Numbers profiles to this point:
- #29 Jim Henderson
- #30 Tyler Thornburg
- #32 Tom Gorzelanny
- #38 Wily Peralta
- #40 Johnny Hellweg
- #41 Marco Estrada
- #45 Alfredo Figaro
- #46 Hiram Burgos
- #47 Rob Wooten
- #49 Yovani Gallardo
- #50 José De La Torre
- #51 Wei-Chung Wang
- #52 Jimmy Nelson
- #53 Brandon Kintzler
- #54 Michael Blazek
- #58 Ariel Peña
- #59 Zach Duke
- #60 Kevin Shackelford
- #61 Jason Rogers
- #63 Brooks Hall
- #64 Mike Fiers
- #65 Irving Falu
- #66 Robinzon Diaz
- BONUS COLUMN: #77 David Goforth, #76 Kevin Mattison, #75 Mitch Haniger, #74 Michael Olmstead, #73 Kentrail Davis, #72 Cameron Garfield, #71 Adam Weisenburger, #70 Dustin Molleken, #67 Eugenio Velez