Brewers Projected Opening Day Infielders (7)
Rowdy Tellez, Kolten Wong, Willy Adames, Luis Urias, Keston Hiura, Mike Brosseau, Jace Peterson
Other Candidates: Pablo Reyes
Five spots on the infield roster are relatively set. Rowdy Tellez, Kolten Wong, Willy Adames, and Luis Urias (more on him later) are what Brewers fans have a good chance of seeing from right to left on the team’s Opening Day lineup card in 2022.
Jace Peterson is also relatively entrenched as one of the top bench players for Opening Day. He was signed to a one-year, $1.825 deal last November to buy out his final arbitration year, is coming off one of the best major league seasons of his career, and has no minor league options remaining.
After poor seasons (by his standards) in 2020 and 2021, Keston Hiura was possibly in need of a strong spring to make the Opening Day roster in 2022. Early signs are very positive for him, though, and if he continues this way, Milwaukee might not be able to afford leaving his bat in the minors.
The Brewers traded for utility infielder Mike Brosseau last offseason expecting him to fill a role similar to Peterson’s last year. Not only will he likely make the roster to do just that, with Urias’ Opening Day status in limbo, Brosseau could possibly even start at third on Opening Day.
Speaking of Urias, he’s a bit of a wild card with this part of the roster. Recent reports are that his injured quad has been feeling better lately, but in a scenario where Urias is put on the injured list to start the season, the door opens for Pablo Reyes to possibly be in the dugout come Opening Day.
Brewers Projected Opening Day Outfielders (4)
Christian Yelich, Lorenzo Cain, Hunter Renfroe, Tyrone Taylor
Other Candidates: Corey Ray
Again, few surprises appear at the top of the outfield depth chart. Former MVP Christian Yelich, Gold Glover Lorenzo Cain, and last-second, pre-lockout trade acquisition Hunter Renfroe will, barring injury, be your likely Opening Day starters from left to right field.
The Brewers love carrying plenty of outfielders on the roster, even when it caps at 26 players, so even though there’s a non-zero chance he starts the year in the minors, Tyrone Taylor should make the roster as well. It helps that he’s been absolutely on fire this spring, though that hasn’t helped him catch a break with regards to cracking the regular starting lineup.
While Corey Ray is still on the 40-man roster, there are no indications that he will be anything more than a possible injury call up later in the season.
Brewers Projected Opening Day Designated Hitter (1)
Other Candidates: None
Just a few days after the MLB lockout was lifted, the Brewers brought in an old Pirates nemesis in signing free agent Andrew McCutchen to a one-year deal. And despite his extensive background as an outfielder, the team has said he was signed with the intent to be their primary DH in 2022.
That said, McCutchen will surely receive some starts in the outfield here and there. As a result, other players such as Yelich, Tellez, and Hiura will probably see some games at DH. It could also be a way for the Crew to work Taylor’s bat into the lineup if it stays hot.