With so many names in camp at the infield corners, someone signed with the Milwaukee Brewers was going to head to Triple-A to start the season. Is Ryon Healy on the outside looking in at the corner infield competition?
Ryon Healy was initially viewed as a potential replacement for Travis Shaw at third base when he was signed over the off season. However, the Brewers added Jedd Gyorko, Eric Sogard and Brock Holt to handle third. The team also added Justin Smoak and will try Ryan Braun at first base again. Healy needed a monster spring to assure himself of a spot on the active roster. His rough start to the spring may have him heading to Minor League camp sooner rather than later.
How rough has Healy’s spring been so far?
Healy has appeared in 10 games so far this spring, and owns a .174/.208/.261 slash line in 23 at bats. He’s struck out seven times, drawn only one walk, and has two extra-base hits during the spring season.
Where is Healy on the depth chart?
He has to be behind Sogard, Gyorko, and Holt at third base, and he’s likely behind Smoak, Braun, and Logan Morrison at first base. That’s a lot of names to have to get past in just over two weeks.
What will happen to Healy if he doesn’t make the roster?
Believe it or not, but Healy still has three options. The Brewers can choose to keep Healy on the 40-man roster, but the team can send Healy down to Triple-A if they see fit.
Healy sure could use a two-homer game in the next week to get his spring back on track. Healy more than likely came to the Brewers after looking at the depth chart. At the time he signed, he was one of the few corner infielders on the Brewers roster. He’s currently buried on the depth chart and has a sub-.500 OPS in spring. Healy is facing an uphill climb to make the active roster.
He needs to turn his season around or the Brewers need to suffer a rash of injuries for Healy to work his way onto the Opening Day roster. There’s still time for Healy to get it together, but the clock is ticking. It certainly looks like a Triple-A is more than likely for Healy at this point.