We’ve talked a number of times here about how the Milwaukee Brewers love players with positional flexibility. And even if players don’t already know how to play multiple positions, the team is willing to teach how to play new positions when necessary.
You’ve seen it all over the team’s major league roster the last few years. From having third baseman Travis Shaw learn second in 2018, to second baseman Keston Hiura learning first last year, to outfielder Hunter Renfroe also getting work at first this spring, the Brewers like to get creative.
You see it in the team’s minor league system as well. Prospects such as Zavier Warren, Thomas Dillard, Felix Valerio, and Gabe Holt either were drafted at one position and eventually taught others or already came with positional versatility.
Milwaukee’s first round draft pick from 2018 and No. 4 prospect per MLB Pipeline, Brice Turang, has a little versatility of his own. Drafted 21st overall as a shortstop out of LSU, he has played a good amount of second base in his time in the organization as well, allowing a couple different paths to the majors at some point in his future.
Well apparently, he could soon be able to add another position to his resume.
On Sunday, Brewers SS/2B prospect Brice Turang got a start at center field for Triple-A Nashville.
Turang had played in, and started, four of the Nashville Sounds first five games of the seasons prior to Sunday’s contest. All of those games saw the 22-year-old manning his familiar shortstop position.
Turang’s Sunday start in center wasn’t his first and apparently won’t be his last. On Twitter, Jeff Hem, the play-by-play announcer for the Sounds, mentioned that Turang received a start there in minor league spring training and will do so roughly once a week going forward.
The Sounds aren’t exactly thin at the outfield position. With David Dahl, Dustin Peterson, Jonathan Davis, and Corey Ray among others on the roster, working Turang into the mix shouldn’t be because of some particular team need.
There’s reason to believe this development could be to prepare Turang for an eventual major league call up this season.
The Brewers have two firmly entrenched players at Turang’s primary positions in shortstop Willy Adames and second baseman Kolten Wong. So, short of an injury situation, if/when Turang makes his way to Milwaukee it would likely be as a bench bat.
Adding outfield to his repertoire would mean that Turang could be called upon in an even larger number of situations. He would need to be added to the 40-man roster first, at this point that move feels like just a matter of time.
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If you can play multiple positions, the Brewers will find a spot for you. That could be a philosophy that soon works out very well for Turang.