Brewers starting rotation depth chart entering 2022
1. RHP Corbin Burnes
2. RHP Brandon Woodruff
3. RHP Freddy Peralta
4. RHP Adrian Houser
5. LHP Eric Lauer
6. LHP Aaron Ashby
Burnes through Lauer is all but a lock to be the Opening Day rotation the Brewers roll with, provided no trades are made from this group to boost the offense. Of the depth starters, Ashby is the most likely to break camp with the club. The Brewers view him as a starter but is currently on the outside looking in and could serve in at 6th starter role if Counsell goes that route again.
Alec Bettinger and J.C. Mejia are two other options on the 40-man roster who have starting experience albeit limited innings. Bettinger has one major league start to his name while Mejia has 11; both were lit up in 2021 and should not get a serious look unless unforeseen injuries come up.
Dylan File is an interesting option as well; the 25-year old spent last season at the club’s Triple-A affiliate although he – like Mejia and Bettinger – did not perform as expected. His 2019 season was fantastic and he threw almost three times as many innings that season than he did in 2021. If he can repeat his 2019 performance early on this season, he may get a look down the stretch.
Josh Lindblom and Ethan Small represent additional depth although neither are on the 40-man roster. Lindblom has extensive experience starting in both the majors and overseas and he may get his contract selected quickly if the opportunity presents itself. Small dominated batters in both Double-A and Triple-A last season and will see himself in the big leagues in no time.