As we wait for the pitchers and catchers to report to Spring Training, the anxiety of having baseball back is really setting in. So much that I have decided to make an early prediction of who will make the 2019 25-man roster for the Milwaukee Brewers.
With Spring Training just merely two months away, saying that I can’t wait for baseball to start again would be an understatement. Trying to pass the time of the absence of America’s pastime, I’ve decided to take a look at who will be suiting up for the Milwaukee Brewers on March 28th and who will not.
While it’s obviously way too early to know who will make the Opening Day roster with the majority of the offseason activity still to happen, we’ll give it a try.
Christian Yelich, Lorenzo Cain, Ryan Braun, Ben Gamel, Keon Broxton
Some definite names that will be manning the outfield in 2019 are your 2018 NL MVP Christian Yelich, Lorenzo Cain, Ryan Braun and new addition Ben Gamel who was traded for normal platoon outfielder, Domingo Santana. Another name that could make the roster is Keon Broxton.
However, there could be some free agents that could fill in another gap for the Brewers in 2019. Some possibilities that Milwaukee could sign are that could be a good fit could be Carlos Gonzalez or former Brewer Carlos Gomez. Those are some notable names that are still on the market that are still looking for a home.
One name that could not be making the 25-man roster is Eric Thames. Thames’ 2018 season was not one to be desired; his slash line was .219/.306/.478/.783 with 16 HR and 37 RBI. Although, he did have a walk-off home run against the Rockies that was one of the key moments of the 2018 season. On the other hand, his defense was not something to brag about. He was the second option at first base, where he didn’t play too horribly, but moving to the outfield was not to his benefit.
Be on the lookout for top outfielding prospect, Corey Ray to take a spot on the 25-man roster. He’s been really making a name for himself and could be beneficial to be another platoon outfielder for players that could use a day off.