Willy Adames and Corbin Burnes have been named the team’s most valuable player and most valuable pitcher, respectively, for the second consecutive season by a panel from the Milwaukee chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America
Adames, a shortstop, hit .238 with 31 home runs and 98 runs batted in while compiling an OPS of .756 over 139 games. His RBI total led the Brewers, as did his 31 doubles, 258 total bases and 62 extra-base hits.
His 31 HR tied Corey Seager of the Texas Rangers for the major-league lead for a shortstop and were the most in franchise history at the position in a single season, passing the 29 set by Robin Yount in 1982.
Adames also had a superb defensive season, ranking 20th in the majors at 10 outs above average and 25th in defensive runs saved with nine.
The right-handed Burnes finished with a 12-8 record, 2.94 earned run average and WHIP of 0.97 while limiting opposing batters to a .197 average.
The 2021 National League Cy Young Award winner set personal highs by making 33 starts, pitching 202 innings and striking out 243 batters, becoming the first Brewers pitcher to lead either league in strikeouts.
Also honored was right fielder Hunter Renfroe, who was named newcomer of the year after hitting .255 with 29 homers and 72 RBI in 125 games. His 11 outfield assists ranked fourth in the majors.
Renfroe was acquired from the Boston Red Sox last Dec. 1 in exchange for outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. and minor-leaguers Alex Binelas and David Hamilton.
Left-hander Hoby Milner was named unsung hero after going 3-3 with a 3.76 ERA and WHIP of 1.18 in a career-high 67 relief appearances, a total that tied for eighth-most in the NL. He also stranded 32 of 37 inherited runners, ranking fifth in the majors.
Brandon Woodruff earned the team’s Good Guy Award for the second straight season, an honor bestowed on 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.”
Aside from his good nature, the right-hander also had another strong season as he led the Brewers with a 13-4 record while posting a 3.05 ERA and WHIP of 1.07 in 27 starts.
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This article originally appeared on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Willy Adames, Corbin Burnes are Brewers' top player and pitcher in '22