Coming off of a winning major West Coast road trip, one in which they won 7 games against just 3 losses, the youthful Milwaukee Brewers are fast with minor league seasoning to take on the 2023 campaign. This season, Joey Wiemer usually plays right field. Big, strong and very fast, is batting .204 but is a thrill every time he is at bat because he swings like he’s going for the fences on every pitch and runs as if his hair is on fire. And he is not even the fastest.
In centerfield, Garrett Mitchell is one of the fastest players in the major leagues. His home-to-first sprint speed of 4.01 seconds last season was the fastest time of more than 500 players tracked by Major League Baseball’s Statcast system. A rookie, he came up late last season for a cup of coffee but impressed all with his hitting and speed. Big and fast, he plays the outfield as if he owns everything from the fences to the shortstop and between the left fielder and right fielder. In this final series of the road trip, he extended his left pec in a slide into third after stealing second. While being safe on the play, as a result of his aggressiveness, he went on the 10 day IL. Wiemer will take his place in Center while Brian Anderson will play right.
In left, is the dean of the Brewers, the oft injured and once MVP, Christian Yelich. Still hits the ball very hard and is extremely fast on the bases and in the field, while his arm is sub-par and his back is not allowing him to be the player he used to be. Even with the highly anticipated new rules of the no-shift rule, he is still not hitting (.234) like he used to slash the ball for .300+ average. But he is still Christian Yelich.
In short, the new look outfield is one of the fastest in the league and with the exception of Yelich, they have the best arms in the league as well.
The infield is exceptional. Rowdy Tellez, is becoming a Milwaukee favorite at first and is hitting .237. He is a power in the lineup (5 HRs) and is backed by Luke Voit, batting .270. Voit beat out Keston Huerra who passed through waivers and is now again hitting well in Triple A Nashville.
At 2nd base is another rookie and sensational defensive player, Brice Turang. Hitting .264, he is one of the fastest and sure-handed infielders in The Show. A highlight reel, Turang reminds many of Robin Yount when he first came up. This is one if the bright young stars of team.
The soul of the team is Willy Adames, the brilliant shortstop, who is another highlight reel with an arm as powerful as any in the league. Hitting .254, his powerful 4 HRs is second highest on the team. His energy and constant positiveness influences the younger players and has driven this team with his royal presentation of the Cheesehead, this season’s crowing award for those who hit a home run.
Over at third, a new entry with a cannon for an arm, Brian Anderson holds down the hot corner when not needed in right field. He is hitting .273 and is constantly in the middle of things and producing when needed. He leads the club with 15 RBI. When he is patrolling right field, Mike Brosseau (.233) takes over at third.
William Contreras is the biggest acquisition of the year. Coming from the World Champion Atlanta Braves, Contreras is hitting .302, well above his career average of .264. He will be the cornerstone of the up the middle strength in the Brewers future. He is a threat every time he is at bat. To back him up is Victor Caratini, who is batting .350 and has one of the best arms in the Majors.
Jesse Winker is this season’s new DH. Hitting .270, and producing 9 RBI. He came over from the Mariners (for one season) but was a big hitter with Cincinnati prior to that. A veteran, Winker is proving very versatile, not only having the duties of DH, but also as a outfielder when needed.
Pitching was to be a main strength of this team. However, before the season started Alan Ashby was sidelined for a season with surgery after signing an extension; Adrian Houser came up with a groin injury and is on the DL Corbin Burnes, the former Cy Young Award winner came up with a left pectoral strain in Seattle. That leaves Eric Lauer, with 3 victories after a horrible spring training; Freddy Peralta, with 2 victories and Brandon Woodruff & Wade Miley with one victory each so far. Colin Rea was brought up from Nashville during the road trip and had one good outing. This could be the question mark of the early season for the Cream City Nine.
As far as relief pitching is concerned, the Brewers have hit a high note so far. Matt Bush, Peter Strzelecki, Hoby Milner, Joel Payamps, Bryse Wilson and Devin Williams have been the closing stars of the season thus far.
Now the Brewers head into the final third of the first full month of the season. What are their chances? At this stage, the youth with their energy, enthusiasm and extraordinary speed, should come out with a respectable record through April. And this will be the period to see you this new, young team will set up for the season ahead. #watchingattanasio