Although Milwaukee is not a storied baseball franchise, they do have their share of all-time great players, such as Robin Yount and Paul Molitor. But there are also players who put together one great season with the Brewers and were never the same afterwards (or never heard from again).
3. Todd Coffey
Relief pitcher Todd Coffey was taken as a 41st-round pick in the 2000 MLB Draft by the Cincinnati Reds. It then took Coffey five years to make it to the bigs, and during his four years playing for the Reds he put out average numbers, never registering an ERA below 3.50. Near the end of the 2008 season, Cincinnati designated Coffey for assignment and he was then claimed by the Brew Crew a few days later. When the 2009 season came around, Coffey was an older relief pitcher who had never shown any great ability at the professional level, but he shocked everyone and shattered expectations. The right-hander pitched 83.2 innings and ended the season with an impressive 2.90 ERA. Coffey returned to Milwaukee in 2010, but was much less dominant, putting up an 4.76 ERA. After the 2010 season, he was released and only played two more seasons.
2. Jesus Aguilar
Venezuela native Jesus Aguilar had a short professional stint with the Cleveland Indians where he played limited games in the 2014, 2015, and 2016 seasons. In Feb. of 2017, Aguilar was claimed off waivers by Milwaukee and made the Opening Day starting lineup that year. The slugger put up solid numbers, ending the year with a batting average of .265 to go with 52 RBI. Next season, Aguilar had a surprise breakout campaign. He ended the 2018 season with a .274 batting average, 35 home runs, 108 RBI, and an All-Star game selection. He put up one of the best seasons from a Brewers' first baseman since Prince Fielder in 2011. Unfortunately for Milwaukee, Aguilar did not replicate his high-level play after the 2018 season. In 2019, he played in 94 games for the Brewers and mustered a batting average of just .225. He was then traded to the Tampa Bay Rays, who then released him after the season came to an end.
1. Scott Podsednik
This is a weird one for sure. Podsednik joined the Brewers in 2003 after a long road. He was drafted in 1994 and made his MLB debut with the Mariners in 2001, but played in just 19 total games in '01 and '02 combined. Then, in Milwaukee, the man went nuts. Podsednik finished second in the Rookie of the Year voting after slashing .314/.379/.443 with 100 runs scored, 9 home runs, 58 RBI and 43 stolen bases. However, aside from leading the MLB in stolen bases the next season in 2004 with 70, his slash line and RBI total took prohibitive dips (.244/.313/.364) and he was then traded to the Chicago White Sox for Carlos Lee. While Lee worked out great for the Brew Crew, that career year from Podsednik in Milwaukee left fans thinking what could have been.