Brewers 2022 Bold Prediction #2: Willy Adames, Luis Urias each slug 30 home runs
Losing Luis Urias for the first week or two of the regular season may hurt this prediction, but I’m sticking with it.
Last season, we saw a power surge from infielders Willy Adames and Luis Urias. Adames hit 25 bombs last year, 20 of them coming after the Brewers acquired him in late May, and Urias ended up with 23 home runs as his power developed, especially over the second half of the season.
I’m choosing to believe in that power surge we saw and that it will carry over into 2022. Urias came into camp looking much stronger, especially in the upper body. With his new role as the everyday third baseman when he returns, Urias is going to need to supply power in the lineup from that position. He appears ready to do so and showed us a glimpse of that last year.
Adames, with a full season away from the offensive black hole that is Tropicana Field, should also see his overall season numbers improve. He hit 25 last year spending nearly the entire first two months with Tampa Bay. A full season in Milwaukee could push that number over 30.
Despite the general underperformance of the offense last season, the Brewers do have a ton of power potential in their lineup. Urias and Adames are two players that wouldn’t historically be thought of as 30 home runs a season type of hitters, but they’re displaying signs that they could be.
The Brewers didn’t have any hitter last year with 30 home runs as Avisail Garcia led the club with 29. That could, and likely should, change in 2022. Hunter Renfroe, Andrew McCutchen, Rowdy Tellez, Adames, Urias, and rebound candidates Christian Yelich and Keston Hiura all have the potential to hit 30+ bombs this year.
Speaking of those rebound candidates in Yelich and Hiura…