We’ve reached the end of Cactus League play, which means Brewers Opening Day is right around the corner! What will the Crew’s roster look like?
It’s time for our final predictions for the Brewers Opening Day roster. We’ve gained some clarity on a few key players, such as Daniel Vogelbach, who has been told he will make the roster. Brad Boxberger, a pitcher who made the roster on our previous predictions has been told he won’t make the roster, but will come back on a minors deal.
Craig Counsell and David Stearns have told us that the Opening Day roster will change a lot and could change rather quickly. It’s just one day. Still, it’s an important day for fans and players alike.
Brewers Projected Opening Day Catchers (2)
Other Candidates: Jacob Nottingham, Luke Maile
Both Omar Narvaez and Manny Pina have remained healthy through camp and have looked good both offensively and defensively so far. They haven’t done anything to lose their spots and neither of the other candidates have done anything to claim a spot.
Jacob Nottingham is likely to start the season on the IL as he’s still working back from offseason thumb surgery. He did not catch in a Cactus League game at all this year.
One possible plan for Nottingham is to put him on the IL to start the season, then when he’s ready, activate him and outright him to the minor leagues if Narvaez and Pina are still healthy and hope no one claims a backup catcher two weeks into the season.
Luke Maile will start in Triple-A and is an insurance policy. Things seem pretty straightforward with the catching corps right now.