Brewers Infield Depth Chart heading into 2022
1. Rowdy Tellez
2. Keston Hiura
Rowdy Tellez came over to the Brewers from the Toronto Blue Jays in July of 2021 and instantly won over the hearts of your typical Brewers-faithful. The sweet-swinging lefty hit surprisingly well down the stretch for the Brewers and carried his hot bat into the postseason; hitting one of the biggest home runs for the team in the NLDS.
Jace Peterson and Keston Hiura are two returning faces who will see time at first base in 2022. Peterson is a light-hitting left-handed bat that can play pretty much anywhere on defense and is an on-base machine; hence the nickname “On Base Jace”. Hiura is a once-prized prospect who needs a solid showing this season if he wants to remain in the Brewers’ future plans.
Mike Brosseau was brought aboard via trade in November from the Tampa Bay Rays. Brosseau represents an intriguing right-handed bench option and could even end up on the right-handed side of a platoon with Tellez if he struggles against lefties to start the season, although he looked respectable against southpaws last year. Brosseau has always hit lefties much better than right-handers. The 27-year old is capable of playing every infield position and can even serve as an emergency outfield option for the club in 2022.
In the minors, former Houston Astros first basemen Tyler White and Jonathan Singleton were recently signed to MiLB deals. Both players have significant pop in their bats and could play their way onto the big league team if injuries or poor performances warrant a callup.
1. Kolten Wong
2. Luis Urias
3. Jace Peterson
4. Mike Brosseau
Kolten Wong, one of the most valuable Milwaukee Brewers players in 2021, will return to the helm at second base this year. The 31-year old hits both right-handed and left-handed pitching very well and is regarded as one of the game’s top defensive second basemen.
Luis Urias is one of the more popular picks to breakout in 2023. While he will not be the everyday second baseman unless something drastically changes, he is capable of bouncing around between second, third, and short and should see time at all three spots.
Peterson and Brosseau are capable of playing every infield position and should both see time at all four spots. Peterson played in over 250 innings at second last year while Brosseau saw over 180 innings there as well.
Mark Mathias and Pablo Reyes are two familiar faces who are currently projected to start the year in the minor leagues. Mathias last saw big league time in 2020 but missed a significant portion of last season due to injury while Reyes saw 53 games of big league action last season and will be the top option to be promoted should an injury pop up.
Andruw Monasterio is the dark horse pick here. The 24-year old is a high-contact, high-speed option who is slowly developing some pop in his bat as well. Monasterio is a versatile infield option and the Brewers love a player that can bounce around the diamond. It would not be shocking to see him on the big league club at some point this upcoming season.
1. Luis Urias
2. Mike Brosseau
3. Jace Peterson
Depth: Mark Mathias, Pablo Reyes, Andruw Monasterio, David Fry
Luis Urias showed that he is the real deal in 2021. He is an extremely popular pick to be a breakout star in this upcoming season and the Brewers front office and fans alike are crossing their fingers that that comes to fruition.
Brosseau and Peterson each have extensive experience at the hot corner in their careers and will be available as backup options for when Urias needs a day off. Both are capable of playing the position near or slightly-above average.
David Fry is another dark horse option that could see some big league time in 2022. Fry is an infielder by trade who has seen time behind the plate more and more since being drafted by Milwaukee. Last season, Fry hit double-digit home run totals and made defensive appearances at every position except for shortstop and center field.
1. Willy Adames
2. Luis Urias
3. Jace Peterson
Depth: Mark Mathias, Andruw Monasterio, Brice Turang
Willy Adames came over to Milwaukee and took the world by force. His excellent performance for the Crew down the stretch earned him a 16th place finish in the NL MVP voting, arguably too low for the slick-fielding shortstop. Adames is extremely durable and is one of the more intriguing players on the Brewers heading into 2022. If he can replicate his performance he will surely be in the heat of the MVP discussion next year.
Luis Urias and Jace Peterson are the two primary options to see time at shortstop but Urias lost his shortstop job last year and Peterson has not been given an extended look at the position since breaking into the majors; 34 innings is his single-season career-high in the big leagues.
Shortstop represents one of the weaker positions on the Milwaukee Brewers roster behind Willy Adames. An outside acquisition is not out of the question once the lockout ends. But also, there’s 2018 first round pick Brice Turang in Triple-A that’s just about ready and could make his debut in 2022.