Midweek Stock Report: Lucroy excels on offense, defense

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Every Wednesday, FOX Sports Wisconsin takes a look at which athletes' stock is trending up and whose is trending down.

In other words, who is making a meteoric rise, and who is quickly plummeting.

With that in mind, let's "take stock" of the current sports scene in Wisconsin, shall we?

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Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers catcher

Lucroy bounced back from a rough previous week with a flourish. He had 10 hits, three of which were home runs, and drove in 11 runs. He raised his batting average from .275 on May 26 to .299 just five days later. His slash line for the week was 435/429/1.000. Oh, and in case you think it was just about offense, Lucroy also threw out six of the seven attempted basestealers last week. Lucroy's 43.4 percent caught stealing percentage ranks tied for third in the majors this season.

Jonathan Villar, Brewers shortstop

Villar has cemented his role as Milwaukee's leadoff hitter as he keeps finding his way into our "up" section every week. And for good reason. This past week, Villar had 11 hits, eight walks and eight runs in posting a 440/559/640 slash line. He also stole four bases to give him a major-league leading 19.

Junior Guerra, Brewers starting pitcher

The 31-year-old claimed off waivers last October from the Chicago White Sox has been a find for the Brewers. He has been a model of consistency in posting a 2.88 ERA and 1.16 WHIP. This past week Guerra made two starts, allowing three earned runs (2.38 ERA) while striking out 12 in 11 1/3 innings.

Henry Ellenson, former Marquette forward

Ellenson, who entered the NBA Draft after his freshman season, reportedly had a workout with the Minnesota Timberwolves, who have the No. 5 overall selection in this year's draft. Now, this doesn't mean Ellenson will be taken this high, but the fact he is working out with a team in the top five shows his stock is high and he could very well be a lottery pick.

Packers fans

At least those willing to dole out $250. That's the price to spend a night with Brett Favre at a dinner in September at Miller Park. Sure, you might not get to actually sit with the former Green Bay quarterback or even hob-nob with him, but we have the feeling many are going to be willing to spend the dough just to be in the presence of the Hall of Famer and listen to the stories he'll tell that night.

Alex Presley, Brewers outfielder

After being recalled by the Brewers, Presley hit well and earned himself a starting outfielder spot. However, last week, when he started five of seven games, Presley had just two hits and batted 105/190/158.

Chris Carter, Brewers first baseman

Carter makes the "down" portion of our list for a second straight week. His recent slump continued with a 4 for 31 (.129) week and just one extra-base hit, a double. He also struck out nine times, giving him 69 on the second (second most in the National League).

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