Spring Training Countdown: One Month until Exhibition Games Begin
It’s February, so it’s officially time to start thinking about Spring Training. Pitchers and catchers report later this month, and the Milwaukee Brewers’ exhibition games begin exactly one month from today.
The one place that’ll be chalked full of decisions to make this spring Is Center Field. Domingo Santana started there twenty one games last season after being traded to Milwaukee Brewers from the Houston. Santana is actually a right fielder, but that spot is reserved for Braun. By no means does that mean Santana will be playing CF full time. There’s also Kirk Nieuwenhuis who played in center for 82 games for the Mets and Eric Young Jr. who’s been in outfield 48 times over six seasons with various teams.
However, my candidate for being a regular out there is Keon Broxton, who was sent to the Brewers from the Pirates over the winter. Broxton has had 596 starts in the Pirates farm system over seven seasons and is still considered to be a future building block. Broxton is still going to have some bump, but I think come spring training he’ll show that he is a good fit for the Brewers Centerfield.
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Centerfield is far from set in stone, in an outfield that is already quite crowded. Many have pegged Santana as the likely candidate to be the Brewers primary centerfielder, you have four or so other players competing for a spot out in centerfield which will make for a pretty exciting and interesting spring training and an enjoyable one for the Milwaukee Brewers.
I also expect to see some surprises coming out of all of this.