Brewers Projected Opening Day Infielders (7)
Keston Hiura, Kolten Wong, Orlando Arcia, Luis Urias, Travis Shaw, Daniel Robertson, Daniel Vogelbach
The aforementioned Daniel Vogelbach has been confirmed as a member of the Opening Day roster. He’ll be the big bat off the bench. He likely won’t see much time at first base in the starting lineup since Keston Hiura is likely to be the everyday guy there and if he needs a day, Travis Shaw is a much better defensive option.
Hiura and Wong are the two locked in everyday starters in this group. Meanwhile, on the left side of the infield, Shaw, Orlando Arcia, and Luis Urias are all slated to split time as the starters over there.
Urias has only played shortstop this spring, and that’s likely where he’ll spend most, if not all, of the 2021 season. Arcia has gotten more comfortable at third base and comments from Craig Counsell indicate that Arcia will be splitting time at both third base and shortstop this year, not operating as the regular starter at either position, but getting plenty of playing time.
Travis Shaw has looked good and may start off in a platoon at third base with Arcia, but there’s the potential he could turn that into an everyday role. When he was coming up with the Red Sox, it was initially believed Shaw needed a platoon, but the Brewers gave him the everyday opportunity in 2017 and 2018 and he flourished in the role.
He can be an everyday player, but coming off his 2019 and 2020 seasons, he’ll need to prove it in the regular season before he earns that trust again.
Daniel Robertson has put himself in a position to be a super-utility option for Counsell. He can play every infield spot and can play the outfield if needed.