Brewers: 3 Position Battles to Watch During Spring Training

PHOENIX, AZ - FEBRUARY 19: Ethan Small #74 of the Milwaukee Brewers poses during the Milwaukee Brewers Photo Day on February 19, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - FEBRUARY 19: Ethan Small #74 of the Milwaukee Brewers poses during the Milwaukee Brewers Photo Day on February 19, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images) /
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DENVER, COLORADO – AUGUST 05: Trevor Gott #58 of the San Francisco Giants throws in the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on August 05, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /

Here are three position battles to watch for the Brewers this spring.

3. Bullpen spots up for grabs

In the bullpen, there are a handful of pitchers who will be competing for spots.  Newcomers Trevor Gott and J.C. Mejia will be going up against returners Jandel Gustave, Angel Perdomo, and Hoby Milner. Non-40-man roster players Zack Brown and Lucas Erceg are long shots but are hoping to make a good impression this spring.

Gott is a 29-year-old pitcher who is out of minor league options. He is a high velocity pitcher that generates a lot of swings and misses. His off-speed command is what has gotten him into trouble in the past and he’ll need to harness it in order to stay on the roster.

Mejia was acquired via trade this off-season and is still a work in progress. He made his MLB debut with Cleveland last year and struggled, however his slider is very good and at just 25 years old, perhaps the Brewers can help polish up his pitches.

Reports have indicated that MLB teams will be able to carry additional pitchers for the month of April, which could open the door for a few of these guys to make the roster in the bullpen. Depth in the pen will again be important for the Brewers, but new CBA rules may impact how many receive major league opportunities which makes having more reliable/proven players in the bigs more valuable.

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All-in-all, the Brewers are in a very good spot as a team given their depth.  This spring’s position battles may not be as exciting as previous years, but that is a testament to how well built this roster is going into the start of the regular season.

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