MVBrewers is a player-by-player look at the most valuable members of the 2012 Brewers, as voted on by you. Here's our top ten:
The series wraps up today with "Still Lesser Brewers," a look at the final eleven players we haven't yet discussed. You can see all the player profiles in the Most Valuable Brewers 2012 section.
46 players wore a Brewer uniform at least once this season, but most of these guys didn't wear it much more than that. Here are the last eleven uncovered members of the 2012 Brewers, sorted by the average of their FanGraphs and B-Ref Wins Above Replacement (fWAR and rWAR) totals.
When you can make an argument that a 36-year-old minor league journeyman was your team's most productive shortstop, you know you had a bad season at the position.
Ransom, claimed off waivers from the Diamondbacks in May, appeared in 64 games as a Brewer and hit .196/.293/.345. His six home runs, 194 plate appearances, 33 hits, 18 runs scored, 26 RBI and 23 walks as a Brewer were all more than he's ever had in a major league season before (and those numbers don't even include what he tacked on in 26 more games with Arizona).
Ransom was reclaimed off waivers by the Diamondbacks at the end of August. He was outrighted back to the minors in October, allowing him to become a free agent this winter.
Ransom's best game as a Brewer came on August 30, when he had three hits (for the first time since 2008) in the Brewers' 12-11 loss to the Cubs. He homered, doubled, walked and drove in a pair of runs in the contest. You can see the homer here and the RBI single here.
A spring training waiver claim from the Mets, the 24-year-old Stinson spent most of 2012 working in the rotation with AA Huntsville, where he posted a very nice 3.16 ERA despite allowing over 1.6 baserunners per inning and striking out just 5.6 batters per nine innings.
Stinson's luck continued as a Brewer in September, where he walked five battlers over 9.1 innings and struck out just three but somehow managed to allow just one earned run.
Stinson made his first major league start on the season's final day against the Padres and allowed a run on three hits and two walks over four innings. He remains on the 40-man roster and will be in major league camp this spring.
Maysonet is a little younger than Cody Ransom, but like Ransom he's something of a minor league journeyman who got a rare chance to compete at the major league level in 2012. Maysonet's 30 games as a Brewer were his first in the majors since 2009, and he hit .250/.297/.350 over 66 plate appearances.
All four of Maysonet's 2012 RBI came on a single swing of the bat, as he went 2-for-4 with a walk and hit a grand slam against the Cubs on May 12. You can see the highlights from his big day here.
Maysonet became a minor league free agent this winter, and has since signed with the Cubs.
After eleven years in the Brewer organization, we may have reached the end of the road for Tim Dillard. He appeared in a career-high 34 games and posted a 4.38 ERA over 37 relief innings in 2012, but was outrighted off the 40 man roster following the season and is currently a minor league free agent.
Dillard has appeared in 73 career games as a member of the Brewers over a five year span, but his second longest outing came against the Twins in a 15-inning marathon on June 17. Dillard was called upon to pitch in the 13th and worked two scoreless innings before coming apart in the 15th, allowing three singles to set the stage for Juan Perez to allow a walkoff single.
A fourth round pick in the 2007 draft, Farris played 13 games as a Brewer in September of 2012 but did not start a game and only came to the plate nine times.
Farris got his first (and to date only) major league hit against the Astros on September 29 in a 9-5 Brewer win. He scored his first major league run on September 10 against the Braves, played the outfield for the first time on September 22 and logged his first innings at second base on September 24.
With Farris unlikely to find significant playing time in the majors or minors (where Scooter Gennett is likely to play second base for Nashville in 2012), the Brewers left him unprotected in the minor league phase of yesterday's Rule 5 Draft and he was selected by the Mariners.
Years from now it's possible we'll remember Chulk more for his awesome nickname (The Vincredible Chulk) than his actual work out of the bullpen.
Chulk appeared in seven games as a Brewer (his first MLB appearances since 2009) and did collect one win (his first since 2007), but also allowed ten runs on 21 baserunners over just nine innings. The win came when he pitched the final two innings of a 8-7, 13 inning victory over the Cubs on May 11. He allowed two hits and a walk but no runs in that game.
Chulk is a minor league free agent this winter, and is spending the offseason pitching winter ball for Mazatlan in Mexico.
If you've forgotten that Torrealba was a Brewer, don't beat yourself up over it. The Brewers acquired him from the Blue Jays on September 21 to give themselves a third catcher on the roster and used him just five times. He went 0-for-5 with a walk as a hitter, and did not score a run.
Torrealba is a free agent this winter.
Left-handed reliever Juan Perez has pitched in 467 games in the minors, but his first appearance as a 2012 Brewer was just his 33rd in the majors and only his ninth since the end of the 2007 season.
Perez wowed the Brewers with his stuff this spring before going down with a collapsed lung and opening the season on the DL. He eventually reached Milwaukee for ten appearances, but walked, hit or allowed hits to 15 of the 35 batters he faced, including a pair of home runs.
Perez has made 18 appearances for Cibao in the Dominican Republic this winter, and is a free agent.
At one point it looked like McClendon, the Brewers' tenth round pick in the 2006 draft, had a chance to carve out a role in the Brewer bullpen. He posted a 2.86 ERA over his first 26 appearances as a Brewer between 2010-11, but was still held in the minors for the most part.
McClendon got nine more games in the majors in 2012 out of necessity as the Brewer bullpen was starting to come apart. He posted a 6.43 ERA over 14 innings and was pretty quickly returned to Nashville.
McClendon is still only 27 years old and is a minor league free agent this winter.
Signed over the offseason to add some organizational depth at shortstop, Izturis was thrust into action in his 12th major league season when Alex Gonzalez went down with a torn ACL and didn't show much. Izturis is an acceptable defensive shortstop but hit just .235/.248/.333 over 169 plate appearances and at one point went 38 consecutive games without drawing a walk. He reached a three-ball count just 12 times all season.
Despite having just 40 hits all season, Izturis did have a pair of three hit games. He went 3-for-4 with a double and scored twice in the Brewers' 8-7 win over the Astros on July 30, and went 3-for-4 again with a double and a home run in a 13-4 win over the Astros again on August 1.
The Nationals claimed Izturis off waivers from the Brewers on August 6, but held him just two weeks before releasing him on August 20. He's a free agent this winter.
Unfortunately, Conrad's Brewer tenure is probably doomed to forever live in infamy. He was a semi-serviceable big leaguer (a career .229/.305/.428 hitter) with some power and the ability to play multiple positions and was raking in AAA when he joined the Brewers, but went 0-for-28 with a single walk in his first 29 plate appearances as a Brewer.
Conrad followed that up by homering on back-to-back days against the Pirates, but had just one more hit as a Brewer before being claimed off waivers by the Rays.
Conrad hit just .172/.213/.362 in 24 games for Tampa Bay, and is a free agent again this winter.