Milwaukee Brewers: Spring Training Position Battles

Matthew Dewoskin
MILWAUKEE, WI - OCTOBER 20: Brandon Woodruff #53 of the Milwaukee Brewers throws a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Seven of the National League Championship Series at Miller Park on October 20, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - OCTOBER 20: Brandon Woodruff #53 of the Milwaukee Brewers throws a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Seven of the National League Championship Series at Miller Park on October 20, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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What happens at second base?

A combination of Hernan Perez, Cory Spangenberg, and Tyler Saladino will make the 25-man roster. Or all three. Or a current unsigned free agent will get added to the mix.

The only news that’s been confirmed about the Milwaukee Brewers second base situation is that prospects Keston Hiura and Mauricio Dubon won’t make the 25-man roster.

The best case scenario right now, is that the Brewers add Derek Dietrich, and pair him with either Spangenberg or Perez. Dietrich provides the versatility the Brewers have come to love, and he’s a better option at the plate than any of the current options.

However, he does need to be paired with a hitter capable of handling left-handed pitching. Dietrich posted a .274/.342/.420 against righties last year, but only managed a .227/.283/.423 slash line against lefties. Perez managed a .783 OPS against lefties last year.

At this point, it’s far more likely that the Milwaukee Brewers go with a platoon at second base rather than anoint a full-time starter. Perez and Spangenberg should get the majority of the playing time, unless there’s an addition to the roster.

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