Here are three Brewers players who could lose their 40-man roster spot on September 1st.
1. OF Jonathan Davis
The 2022 Brewers offense actually hasn’t been terrible as they currently sit 10th in the league at 4.51 runs per game. The offense has struggled with consistency at times, though, and the center field position has been responsible for some of that.
Once long time Milwaukee center fielder Lorenzo Cain was let go earlier this season after a slow offensive start to the season, the team added 30-year-old Jonathan Davis to the 40-man roster. Like in Kelley’s case, his 2022 minor league stats were a big reason for the move.
In 38 games, primarily as a leadoff hitter for the Sounds, Davis slashed an impressive .297/.408/.426 with eight doubles, a triple, three homers, and 22 runs scored. He also went 11-for-12 in stolen base attempts.
In 36 games with the Brewers, Davis has produced a decent .344 on base percentage as well as a handful of highlight reel defensive plays. That’s largely where the good news ends, though, as he has batted just .224, slugged a lowly .237, and struck out 28.6% of the time.
Milwaukee has a few young players who would make sense to add to the roster come September in Esteury Ruiz, who is already on the 40-man, and Brice Turang and Sal Frelick, who are not. All three have played center field at Triple-A this season.
And while Davis’s center field mate, Tyrone Taylor, has struggled offensively as well this season, he has at least been able to produce some runs with a .682 OPS, 12 homers, and 40 RBIs in 91 games. There’s a good chance that means Davis finds himself as the odd man out.
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The Brewers are still in the playoff hunt, but a little September spark couldn’t hurt. Unfortunately, someone else on the roster may have to pay the price.