The Milwaukee Brewers are coming off of a year in which they found themselves in the top spot of the National League Central division. The team finished with a 95-67 record, good for a .586 win-percentage, the highest it’s posted since 2018.
The march through October ended prematurely for the Brewers, as they fell to the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS 4 games to 2, the final nail in the coffin coming thanks to a Freddie Freeman game-winning home run off of super-closer Josh Hader.
Heading into 2022, the Brewers will be returning to the field with largely the same team that it finished last year with. The biggest losses before the lockout came in the form of Eduardo Escobar, Avisail Garcia and Manny Pina, who signed with the Mets, Marlins and Braves, respectively.
Let’s take a look at the Brewers’ depth chart at each position heading into 2022.
1. Omar Narvaez
Omar Narvaez will undoubtedly get the vast majority of the playing time behind the plate after his solid debut season as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers. Narvaez, 30 on February 10th, shot out of the gate last season; putting up eight home runs and a .301/.396/.470 slash-line in the first half. His performance was subpar in the second half and he is unable to hit lefties, so he should be the left-handed side of a platoon with Pedro Severino.
Severino, signed to a contract back in November before the lockout, is joining Milwaukee after a three-year stretch as the primary catcher of the Baltimore Orioles. Severino, 28, is the exact opposite as Omar Narvaez in that he struggles against righties but hits exceptionally well against left-handed pitchers and will see the majority of the playing time against southpaws.
Brett Sullivan, Mario Feliciano and Jakson Reetz will represent minor-league depth in 2022 for the Brewers behind the plate. None have major league experience (aside from Feliciano’s one game and Reetz’s two games last season) and should not see much time on the big league roster barring an injury to either of the other catchers on the big league squad. Each player has some pop in their bats and Sullivan is capable of playing multiple positions on the diamond.