MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Braun and Junior Guerra were named the Brewers' player and pitcher of the year by the Milwaukee chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America on Monday.Also honored were newcomer of the year Jonathan Villar, unsung hero Hernán Pérez and Good Guy Award winner Chris Carter.Braun was
MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Braun and Junior Guerra were named the Brewers' player and pitcher of the year by the Milwaukee chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America on Monday.
Also honored were newcomer of the year Jonathan Villar, unsung hero Hernán Pérez and Good Guy Award winner Chris Carter.
Braun was named team MVP for the second straight year and the fourth time in the last six years. He led the team and ranked ninth among National League hitters who qualified for the batting title with a .903 OPS, ranked 10th with a .305 batting average and was 11th in the league with a weighted runs created plus of 133. With 30 home runs, Braun and the Braves' Freddie Freeman were the only NL players to bat .300 with at least 30 homers.
Guerra's Brewers career began as a waiver claim in October 2015, and he started the season with Triple-A Colorado Springs. But he earned an early-May promotion to the Majors and seized the opportunity, going 9-3 with a 2.81 ERA in 20 starts, with Milwaukee going 14-6 in those games. Guerra edged out fellow in-season call-up Zach Davies and reliever Tyler Thornburg for the award.
Villar, acquired via trade from Houston last November, hit .285 with 19 home runs, 63 RBIs and a Major League-leading 62 stolen bases, joining Tommy Harper (73 steals for the Seattle Pilots in 1969) and Scott Podsednik (70 in 2004) as the only players in franchise history to lead the Majors in stolen bases. Villar was the Brewers' Opening Day shortstop, but played second and third base down the stretch after the Brewers promoted top prospect Orlando Arcia.
Perez's versatility was key to winning the unsung hero honor. A non-roster invitee to Spring Training after re-signing with the Brewers to a Minor League contract, the 25-year-old did not join the team until April 28 but went on to hit .272 with 13 homers, 56 RBIs and 34 stolen bases in 123 games while making starts at six different positions: third base (45 games), right field (31 games), second base (eight games), center field (seven games), first base (four games) and shortstop (one game). He also appeared in left field during two games.
Carter, the first baseman who tied Colorado's Nolan Arenado for the NL lead with 41 home runs, captured the Good Guy Award, which is presented to the player "who has the most outgoing, friendly presence in the clubhouse and interacts well with the media on a daily basis in a cooperative and pleasant manner." Second baseman Scooter Gennett, catcher Martín Maldonado and Perez also garnered consideration in the category.
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