Brewers offseason roster need #4: Clear room for the young prospects
Perhaps the biggest upgrades the Brewers can make to their roster can come from simply promoting a bunch of their prospects and clearing the way for regular at-bats for them at the big league level. We saw the beginning of this when Garrett Mitchell was promoted late in the year.
The Brewers have several quality hitting prospects sitting in Triple-A, ready for an opportunity. Stearns also stated in his press conference that the organization has all these hitting prospects in the minors that are ready for opportunities at the next level. Don’t be surprised to see the team clear the deck for them.
There wasn’t room on the active roster at the end of the year for Brice Turang, and Esteury Ruiz, and Sal Frelick, and Joey Wiemer, and Mario Feliciano. Too many guys under contract that they can’t simply move on from in the moment. But now it’s the offseason and some of those guys are free agents, some could be traded, and they can mold this roster with the plan of calling these prospects up.
As stated above with the catcher position, they can let Narvaez go this winter and leave room for Feliciano. They can also decline Kolten Wong’s option and clear room for Brice Turang. Perhaps they look to trade one of Tyrone Taylor or Hunter Renfroe to clear room for Frelick, Ruiz, or Wiemer.
They could also move Christian Yelich to full time DH to get some more room for those young outfielders to play defense. Speaking of…
Brewers offseason roster need #5: Designated Hitter
In the first year of the DH being in the National League full time, the Brewers struggled with a consistent plan there.
Andrew McCutchen was supposed to get a lot of the reps, and he didn’t perform up to expectations. Keston Hiura is probably best at DH, but his offensive ability/struggles still perplex the Brewers and probably can’t be counted on to be the everyday guy there. With all the outfield prospects that are strong on defense and Christian Yelich’s poor throwing arm, he’d be a good candidate to get more time at DH.
The Brewers could also look to make an outside addition to get a bunch of time at DH and help out the offense. There should be no shortage of quality hitters on the market they could acquire to bring some consistency to this group. While Milwaukee isn’t the type of organization to use one single hitter for the DH spot, acquiring someone with the idea of using them primarily in that spot should be under consideration at the very least.
However, addressing needs #4 and #5 at the same time may be difficult unless Yelich is the one moved to the primary DH. The Brewers have a bevy of outfield prospects and the best way to clear room for all of them is most likely going to be moving Yelich out of left field. For every Brewers fan that has watched Yelich throw a baseball to home plate in the last few years, that would be welcome news.
This Brewers roster needs some changes in the offseason, and if they address these five needs, they should be well on their way to getting back to the postseason in 2023.