Brewers: 5 Bold Predictions For The 2020 Season
By David Gasper
Bold Prediction No. 5
Luis Urias becomes the Brewers shortstop of the future and pushes Orlando Arcia out of the way
For the last couple of years, Orlando Arcia has been disappointing at the plate, but his job has been safe due to a lack of better options. This past offseason, GM David Stearns finally got some strong competition for Arcia at the shortstop position with Luis Urias.
During spring training, Arcia was looking very good, swatting five home runs with a reworked swing. So far in Summer Camp, he hasn’t looked as powerful offensively and he’s going to need to recapture that swing that worked so well before the shutdown.
Meanwhile, Luis Urias hasn’t been able to get on the field yet. He suffered a hamate bone injury back in January and then the day he was supposed to play his first spring training game, the sport shut down.
Then, as Summer Camp was about to get started, Urias tested positive for Covid-19, so he hasn’t been able to join the Brewers at Miller Park just yet. When it rains, it pours for Urias, I guess.
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While things have not been going well for Urias so far this year, I think things are going to start looking up fairly soon.
Once Urias is able to get back on the field, I think he’s going to thrive. While Arcia is likely to have the starting shortstop job to begin the season, I predict Urias is going to push for more and more playing time and by the end of the season, he’ll take over the starting job.
Urias has the better offensive pedigree and his defense is quite strong. If he plays to his potential, he’s the superior player over Arcia. When both players are healthy, if Arcia shows any sign of a slump or slowing down offensively, Urias can jump right in and if he gets the opportunity, I don’t think Urias is going to let it get away from him.
The Milwaukee Brewers are 2020 World Series champions!
Why not? We made this prediction last year, and we’ll do it again. If you say it enough times, one day it’ll come true, right?
As long as the Brewers stay healthy, avoid any sickness outbreaks, and play to their potential, they should be in a strong position to compete for and win the World Series this year. This roster is deeper than it’s ever been before and for a season like this, that’s extremely important.
Even if a few guys go down with Covid-19 or other injuries, they have enough depth that they’re covered at basically every position.
We have to stay positive through all the struggles in 2020, and what could be more positive than a Brewers World Series victory that’s totally legit by the way?
This is going to be a wild season unlike any we’ve ever seen before. The Brewers appear to be in a good position to contend for a World Series, but it’s extremely dependent on health.