Opening Day is finally here! That means the Milwaukee Brewers have announced their initial roster to begin the long awaited 2022 season.
Because of the shortened spring training this year after MLB’s lockout extended into March, teams are allowed two extra roster spots for the first month, bringing the Opening Day roster size up to 28.
There’s been a little bit of shuffling on the fringes of this roster over the final few days before the season begins, but now it’s finalized.
Here is the 2022 Milwaukee Brewers Opening Day roster.
The roster includes 15 pitchers and 13 position players to start the season.
There’s not much in the way of surprises here with the roster. Position battles in spring training were nearly non-existent except for the final few spots in the bullpen. When Luis Urias suffered a quad injury, that made it a lot easier to keep both Jace Peterson and Mike Brosseau for the final bench spots.
Keston Hiura is back on the roster after a strong spring training. He was up and down a lot last year when he was struggling mightily at the plate. The Brewers believe in his offensive potential and he’s going to get another opportunity in 2022.
Victor Caratini, just acquired on Wednesday, is on the roster and will be in Chicago for Opening Day, although he still has to learn a pitching staff on the fly.
Speaking of that pitching staff, there are 15 members of it to begin the year, meaning there will be nine or 10 members of that bullpen, depending on if the Brewers go with a six man rotation with Aaron Ashby.
Jose Ureña, Hoby Milner, and Jandel Gustave claimed the final three spots in the bullpen to start the year. Milner and Gustave will likely rotate through with a couple other relievers who will start the year in Triple-A Nashville throughout the season. Ureña is out of options so he’ll be with the big league club all season.
The lineup is out as well. Kolten Wong will lead off, followed by Willy Adames, Christian Yelich, and Andrew McCutchen in the cleanup spot. Then it’s Rowdy Tellez, Hunter Renfroe, Omar Narvaez, Lorenzo Cain, and Jace Peterson in that order to round out the lineup.
It’s Opening Day and baseball is finally back! Corbin Burnes gets the start and the Brewers look to kick off a championship season in 2022.