COMMENTARY | Have you ever rooted for a team on which there wasn't a single player you despised?
Odds are the answer to that question is "no."
Whether it's because a certain player underachieves, is paid too much, rubs you the wrong way, or is just flat out bad, it's an anomaly to have a team fully stocked with likeable players.
There are 25 players on the Milwaukee Brewers each and every year, and even when Milwaukee had its best regular season in franchise history in 2011, you better believe there was at least one player (cough, Yuniesky Betancourt, cough) that frustrated the bejeebers out of you.
When looking at the Brewers' current roster, here are the five most frustrating players to watch:
5. Johnny Hellweg
After coming over in the Zack Greinke trade, Johnny Hellweg became one of the Brewers' top prospects. That might not be saying much considering their sterile farm system, but Hellweg was believed to be someone on the cusp of becoming a mainstay in the Brewers' rotation.
Hellweg was named the 2013 PCL Pitcher of the Year, but that success didn't translate to the big league level. For someone consistently clocked in the high-90s, Hellweg got lit up by MLB hitters, going 1-4 with a 6.75 ERA and -- yikes -- a 0.35 K/BB ratio. He's still just 25, but 2013 wasn't a promising opening act for Hellweg.
4. Wily Peralta
With not even a full year of major league ball under his belt, it's obviously too early to pull the plug on Hellweg. But 2014 will be Wily Peralta's eighth year playing professional baseball and third year with the parent club.
That being said, Peralta is still only 24 years old, but we're still waiting for him to put it all together. He's mentally unstable on the mound, allowing errors and missed targets to eat away at his psyche. Peralta has the tools to become great -- he threw two complete games last season -- but it's the lack of consistency and composure that frustrates fans.
Where to begin with Yovani Gallardo? His declining velocity? His nibbling? His elevated pitch counts? The Brewers have asked Gallardo to take over the ace role three years now, and, each time, Gallardo has failed to step up to the plate.
He's better suited as a No. 3, perhaps a No. 2 at best, but for the money Milwaukee is forking over to the seven-year vet ($11.25 million in 2014), far more is required of Gallardo. Coming off his worst big league season, this could be the last year we see him in a Brewers uniform.
To think that Juan Francisco could be the opening-day first baseman for the Brewers is a frightening thought. While Francisco has shown promise a la Carlos Gomez and possesses incredible raw power, he struck out in 35.8 percent of his at-bats last season, and his defense left a lot to be desired.
Maybe Francisco eventually takes the next step, and his power is a sight to behold. But that's a lot of strike outs.
1. Rickie Weeks
You knew this was coming. Rickie Weeks takes the cake as the most frustrating Brewer to watch, and the reasons are infinite. From his below-average defense, to being injury prone, to drastically underperforming, to his absurd contract, Weeks has been a difficult watch, especially as of late.
In 2013, Weeks was finally challenged by Scooter Gennett, and the two are projected to settle into a platoon next season. That's an expensive platoon -- Weeks still has $23.5 million left on his deal.
Dave Radcliffe is a resident of a little known Milwaukee suburb who is an avid follower of Wisconsin sports. He has contributed to JSOnline, as a featured columnist on other sites and publications, and been a guest on multiple sports talk radio shows.
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