Because of the delay to the 2022 regular season caused by the lockout, the Triple-A season is going to get underway before MLB does. That means the Brewers’ top affiliate, the Nashville Sounds, are going to have their Opening Day before the Brewers even leave spring training.
Considering how often the Brewers work a number of players through their active roster, it’s going to be important for fans to keep an eye on the Nashville Sounds, which players are performing, which ones aren’t, and who could be on the next flight to Milwaukee to take a roster spot.
Let’s get familiar with the 2022 Nashville Sounds, the players on their roster, and who could impact the Milwaukee Brewers this season.
Nashville Sounds Roster Preview: The Prospects
SS Brice Turang, LHP Ethan Small, C Mario Feliciano, RHP Alec Bettinger, RHP Dylan File
These five players are all on the Brewers new Top 30 prospects list. Mario Feliciano and Alec Bettinger have already made their big league debuts while Dylan File was called up last year just to be put on the 60 day IL to clear a 40 man roster spot when the Brewers were dealing with an injury bug. File has yet to actually pitch in the big leagues.
The two headlining prospects on this year’s Sounds team are Brice Turang and Ethan Small. The 2018 and 2019 first round picks, respectively, have been performing well to this point in their careers and they should be the focal points for Nashville. They’re close to big league ready and Craig Counsell has already stated that Small will start games for the big league Brewers this year.
Turang is blocked in the infield by Willy Adames and Small is looking at a crowded rotation picture as well, but all it takes is one injury to create an opportunity for them. The same goes for Feliciano, Bettinger, and File.
Nashville Sounds Roster Preview: The Bullpen Shuttle
LHP Rex Brothers, RHP Luis Perdomo, LHP Angel Perdomo, RHP JC Mejia, RHP Miguel Sanchez, RHP Luke Barker, RHP Caleb Boushley, RHP Zack Brown, RHP Hobie Harris, RHP Trevor Kelley
With the new restrictions on the number of times teams can option a player down to the minor leagues, the Brewers bullpen shuttle might not be as busy in 2022 as it has been in years past. However, that’s not due to a lack of options.
If the Brewers are going to select someone to the 40 man to fill a bullpen spot if the need arises, Luis Perdomo is likely atop the list of options. Shortly behind him should be Luke Barker. Zack Brown could see his name called this year as could Wisconsin native and minor league Rule 5 draftee Caleb Boushley.
Nashville Sounds Roster Preview: The Position Player Depth
INF Pablo Reyes, INF Mark Mathias, OF David Dahl, OF Corey Ray, C Brett Sullivan, INF Weston Wilson, INF Jamie Westbrook, OF Abraham Almonte
Pablo Reyes, Corey Ray, and Brett Sullivan are all on the 40 man roster, putting them likely first in line for a call up if the need arises. Mark Mathias is back on the field after shoulder surgery last year ended his season before it could start. He could push his way back onto the roster quickly.
David Dahl is a former All-Star that is looking to get back on track. The Brewers have a crowded outfield at the big league level but if he continues to improve and an opening pops up on the roster, he could earn a promotion. The same goes for Almonte, who has over four years of MLB service time but has struggled and is looking to get back on track.
The Brewers will have no shortage of options to choose from Triple-A Nashville this season. David Stearns prides his organization on its depth and Nashville is where the Brewers store a lot of it. If anything happens to someone on the big league roster, it’s going to be up to these players to take their spot.