Today, marks the first off day for the Milwaukee Brewers in what will be a condensed spring training compared to previous years. It also marks the exact halfway point in Cactus League play for the Crew, meaning the regular season is right around the corner.
Because of the shortened ramp up period, MLB and the players association will reportedly agree to expand rosters from 26 to 28 for the month of April. This will help some positions more than others, but either way it means two more bodies in the clubhouse come Opening Day 2022.
Teams will be limited to a max of 14 pitchers with the expansion of rosters. So, will the Brewers indeed go with an even 14-14 split or go hitter heavy? Which players on the border will end up making the cut? For the first time this spring, let’s take a look at who will be in Chicago for that first regular season game.
Here is our prediction at who will make the 28-man Milwaukee Brewers roster for Opening Day 2022.
Brewers Projected Opening Day Catchers (2)
Omar Narvaez, Pedro Severino
Other Candidates: Mario Feliciano
There should be absolutely no surprises here. The Brewers came into the 2022 season with a specific plan at catcher and nothing that has happened so far this spring appears to have altered that plan.
Omar Narvaez still projects to be the team’s primary catcher. Though he has gotten off to a slow 1-for-10 start in Cactus League play, he is coming off a strong 2021 season that resulted in the first All-Star appearance of his career and just agreed to a $5MM deal in his final arbitration year with the team.
Pedro Severino, meanwhile, still projects to be the backup after signing a one-year free agent deal this offseason. He has impressed early this spring, hitting 5-for-13 with two doubles, a homer, and five RBIs. The Brewers will hope to shore up some of his defensive deficiencies as the season goes on, but the plan for him to back up Narvaez hasn’t changed.
The only other catcher with a remote shot at making the roster is prospect Mario Feliciano. He looked good in a few games with the Crew early this spring, collecting a double and two singles, but will almost certainly begin the season in Triple-A Nashville instead.