Honorable Mention goes to veteran infielder/outfielder Jace Peterson and top infielder prospect Brice Turang.
I didn’t include these two players because while they have a chance to make the roster, a lot would need to happen before they did. Peterson was on the roster last year for the Brewers, but there seems to be too many players ahead of him to make it. Daniel Robertson, Mark Mathias, and Tim Lopes are all more likely to get a spot.
But never say never. If Spring Training is near the end and all of a sudden there are player setbacks or injuries, Peterson could slide up. Peterson could also have a hot bat and glove during March. It doesn’t mean he will stay there, especially since players like Mathias and Lopes have multiple options remaining.
Brice Turang is in a similar, but not identical spot. As the Crew’s top infield prospect, the excitement to see Turang’s big league debut is there, and he’s close to big league ready. Orlando Arcia and Luis Urias are battling at shortstop while Kolten Wong and Keston Hiura are the options at second. Should injuries ravage either of those positions, Turang may be the best option to go with given his high ceiling.
Turang is the Brewers’ top prospect besides Garrett Mitchell. He recently made Baseball America’s Top 100 prospects at No. 88. At the alternate training site last season in Appleton, he was the arguably the Brewers best hitter there.
The left handed hitting Turang is expected to be a patient hitter and could average around 15-20 home runs a year if he maximizes that power. He’s not a power hitter, but he could be an offensive upgrade over Arcia/Urias down the line. I still believe Arcia and Urias will be great players for this team, but it’s good to know that a top prospect is right behind them and almost ready.
If Turang has an impressive spring and continues to hit, he might have a shot at the opening day roster and get his first couple of MLB at-bats. It doesn’t mean he will be up all season, but it doesn’t hurt with lots of players having multiple minor league options left.
There is a good chance he won’t. It’s mostly the excitement about having a top prospect up in the big leagues this year. And if not on Opening Day, you might see him come September.
The Brewers haven’t had the most exciting offseason, but there are a lot of things on this roster to be excited about. There is a chance that multiple minor-league contract players this year will make a big splash in the majors for Milwaukee.