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Lucroy Among the League Leaders

June 1st, 2014

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On a Milwaukee Brewers team filled with unabashed free swingers, Jonathan Lucroy is a definite aberration.

The fifth-year catcher works counts, willingly draws walks and sprays the ball from foul line to foul line.

As a result, Lucroy has been a perfect fit as the No. 3 hitter — a spot owned by Ryan Braun since Lucroy arrived in Milwaukee in 2010 — in a Brewers lineup that, since being shuffled by manager Ron Roenicke about three weeks ago, has been among the most potent in the National League.

“He’s been the most consistent hitter we have,” Roenicke said of Lucroy, who had at least one hit in each of the first five games of Milwaukee’s current eight-game road trip, which concludes with three games against the New York Mets at Citi Field beginning Tuesday.

“Part of that is because of the approach he has. He’s not a wild swinger like we know a lot of our guys are. He’s a guy that will hit to all fields. He uses the other field very well and if you look at every other third and fourth hitter, all the good ones really use the whole field well. He stays on pitches well, so he doesn’t chase pitches too much out of the zone.

“He’s a tremendous offensive player.”

After collecting three of the Brewers’ four hits in a 1-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on Sunday, Lucroy was looking up at just two players in the NL — Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki and Los Angeles’ Yasiel Puig — with a .335 average.

He also was tied for second in the majors with 23 doubles and on a pace to surpass Lyle Overbay’s team record of 54. He is also among the league leaders with 24 multi-hit games, 75 hits and a .398 on-base percentage.

It’s been a steady ascent for Lucroy, who thanks mostly to that offense, is consistently being mentioned in the same breath as St. Louis’ Yadier Molina and San Francisco’s Buster Posey as one of the top catchers in the NL.

He hit .253 with four homers and 26 RBI in part-time duty in 2010 before jumping to .265/12/59 in his first full year as a starter in 2011. A broken hand cost him what could have been a breakout season in 2012, when he finished at .320/12/58 in 96 games, but last season his .280/18/82 made him among the most productive catchers in the game offensively.

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