2 Brewers Who Should See An Expanded Role In 2023 And 1 Who Should Not
Player #2 who should see an expanded role: Peter Strzelecki
The Brewers lost a couple of key relievers in the past few weeks. LHP Brent Suter was waived and joined the Colorado Rockies, and RHP Trevor Gott elected to leave via free agency and joined the Seattle Mariners. Those two players combined for 111 innings pitched out of the bullpen in 2022, and the Brewers will need to fill those vacated innings.
Peter Strzelecki could be in line for an expanded role in 2023, and it could be one that is much needed for the Brewers. Strzelecki had a very strong showing in Triple-A last season. In 31.2 innings pitched, he had an ERA of 2.84 and a WHIP of 0.88. Strzelecki also had a stellar strikeout rate at 41.7%, which was good for best across the entire Triple-A (min 30 IP).
Strzelecki also performed well at the major league level in 2022. He pitched 35 innings for the Brewers, and finished the year with an ERA of 2.83 and a WHIP of 1.23. His strikeout rate of 27% was well above the league average of 22%.
He has a nice pitch mix that is headlined by his 4-seam fastball, which is complemented by his slider and changeup. All three pitches generate impressive whiff rates, and he only allowed two home runs in his thirty appearances in the majors last season.
A solidified role in the bullpen would help Strzelecki work on his consistency. I believe the opportunity will be there for him to take the leap into being a key piece in the Brewers bullpen next season.