Here are three Brewers players who won't make the Opening Day roster, but will contribute at some point in 2023.
2. OF Sal Frelick
This one would be a bit of a heartbreaker to many Brewers fans who are clamoring to see him in a Milwaukee uniform as quickly as possible. And to his credit, outfielder Sal Frelick is doing what he can this spring to get on that Opening Day roster.
Frelick has gone 4-for-10 over four Cactus League games so far this spring. That includes a couple of 2-for-3 performances, one in which he stole a base and scored a run and another in which he had another steal as well as an RBI double.
Frelick has made plenty of contact this spring, striking out just once in his four games played. That's the type of quality the Brewers offense could really use, so it stands to reason that he should make his way on to the roster relatively quickly, right?
His problem is that the roster math could be working against him to start. Right field is Frelick's best path to the majors and the Brewers have players like Brian Anderson and Jesse Winker who can play there and a non-roster invitee in Tyler Naquin who has a bunch of major league experience.
Milwaukee will also already be relying in a very young outfielder in Garrett Mitchell and could also see Brice Turang on the Opening Day roster. Would adding Frelick to the mix have too many inexperienced players on the rotser?
Though he is the second best Brewers prospect in most rankings (including ours), Frelick might have to end up waiting his turn. It shouldn't be long, though, perhaps no later than June.