PHOENIX -- By most accounts, catcher Jonathan Lucroy did an admirable job for the Brewers in 2010. At 23 years old and with all of 80 career at-bats above Double-A, he jumped to the big leagues and replaced injured veteran Gregg Zaun. He started 74 games, batted .253, learned an entirely new pitching staff and held his own by throwing out 31 percent of would-be basestealers.As a bonus, he became a first-time father in early August, and somewhere along the way he convinced Brewers brass that he was ready to be the regular catcher in 2011. So could someone please convince Lucroy that his rookie season wasn't a total bust? "I'm not pleased at all," he said. "I have not shown my true worth. I think I'm definitely better in all aspects of my game. The way I hit was a little bit inexcusable. I'm a lot better than the way I hit. I know I am. "I don't have any excuses for it. I just stunk -- bottom line." Here's where the devil's advocate is supposed to jump in and point out that his offense might have suffered because he was learning on the job.
Position analysis• Manager
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