In 2023 Milwaukee Brewers spring training, there will be players who are locks to make the Opening Day roster and players who are mostly there for the experience and development. Somewhere in the middle, you have your players on the edge of making the roster.
Of those players, some will be disappointed to find out that they won't end up being in the Brewers dugout on Opening Day. With a strong enough showing in spring and a continuation in the minor league season, though, there's a good chance that a few of those guys may eventually get called up to contribute for the major league team at some point in 2023.
Here, we'll look at three such players. Things may not quite work out where they'll be on the 26-man Brewers roster from Game One of the regular season, but feelings are good that the will be before Game 162.
Here are three Brewers players who won't make the Opening Day roster, but will contribute at some point in 2023.
1. RHP Abner Uribe
Brewers manager Craig Counsell seems quite excited to get the flame-throwing Abner Uribe on the mound in a Crew uniform sooner rather than later based on his comments. They actually began last spring training when the skipper hinted that the pitcher could see the majors way sooner than fans expected.
Counsell had high praise for the youngster yet again in this piece by Adam McCalvy for Brewers.com. Per the team's manager, "He's got a way to go, still, but it can happen fast with a guy that throws that hard."
Part of Uribe's issue was a need to reign in the wildness that came along with his deadly heater and slider combo. He did exactly that last fall during Arizona Fall League when he put up a ratio of 14 strikeouts to just two walks over ten innings, a span in which he also gave up just one earned run.
Even if Uribe starts the season at Double-A Biloxi again (he missed nearly the entire season there in 2022 due to injury), his talent won't keep him away from the majors for long. And already being on the 40-man roster gives him a leg up on the competition as well. Fans may see him in a Brewers uniform before the All-Star break.