Brewers: 4 Position Battles to Watch Throughout Spring Training
By Josh Waldoch
Brewers Roster Battles: Shortstop
This battle is dependent on third base. Right now, there are lots of different combinations that the Brewers could run with, including Orlando Arcia at third. But the starting shortstop role is still undetermined. Arcia does have an advantage as the incumbent, but nothing is guaranteed.
Unlike third base, which appears to have numerous possible results, shortstop appears to only have two contenders for the starting spot: Orlando Arcia and Luis Urias.
When Urias was acquired, it appeared to many that Arcia’s days were numbered in Milwaukee. However, between COVID and a broken Hamate bone, Arcia was able to hold onto the job for one more year. Arcia is still only 26 years old, and could be making his fifth Opening Day as the starting shortstop. He is still a good defender, but has not panned out as well as some may have hoped given his prospect ranking.
Top prospect Brice Turang is 21, and is likely a year or two away from making an impact on the Brewers roster. He is in camp with the team, and technically may make the roster, though it is not likely at this point.
Shortstop seems to be the least up in the air of the positions battles to watch in Spring Training, with only two real contenders, but still there are a lot of different ways the dominoes could fall and resolve itself.
Could Arcia win the job outright, and force Urias back to third? Possibly. Could Urias win the job outright, forcing Arcia to the bench, and adapt to become a utility player? Potentially. Could David Stearns swing a blockbuster trade for Trevor Story? Unlikely, but weirder things have happened.
Ultimately, while there are plenty of knowns in regards to the Brewers roster. There are equally as many unknowns. Especially for a team that emphasizes depth and versatility as much as the Brewers do, these decisions and battles that will be won will have major ramifications on the season.