Latest Update Ryan Braun (thumb) swung a bat Sunday and said it felt pretty good. Mon Oct, 13, 05:53 PM
Can hit anything thrown to him for doubles and homers, while making great contact. Is gifted athletically and boasts a terrific power swing. A prolific producer, he is also fast enough to regularly steal bases.
Flaws: : Is not a top-tier defender (although he has a superb throwing arm), and is a bit raw in the outfield. Does tend to strike out a bit too much. His situation may be clouded by a performance-enhancing drug issue.
That is good news for Braun, but I'm worried about the status of his thumb around February and March, when fantasy drafts are going on, then in October when the season just ended. Analyst: Mark Kaplan
Although he has been cleared to swing a bat, he doesn't expect to actually hit a baseball until closer to the end of the week. The thumb has bothered him since early in 2013, and their hopes remain that the surgery will fix that nerve issue. This past season Braun hit .266 with 19 home runs, 81 RBIs, and 11 stolen bases.Analyst: Colby Conway
The rehab process could be lengthy this offseason, but the sooner he starts testing it out after surgery, the better. The procedure was deemed minor, but it could also just be the start of what needs to be done to fix Braun's problem. He is still expected to be ready for 2015 spring training.Analyst: Howard Bender
The thumb has been an issue for Braun over the past couple of seasons and it is good to see him finally have surgery to correct the issue.Analyst: Jonathan Impemba