3 under-the-radar Brewers players off to a good start in 2023
By Drew Koch
The Milwaukee Brewers are off to a good start to begin the 2023 season. Milwaukee wasn't the overwhelming pick to win the National League Central Division, but more of an under-the-radar type of team.
Well, the early-season success is in large part due to the under-the-radar performance of some of Milwaukee's overlooked players.
While Corbin Burnes, Freddy Peralta, and Devin Williams have certainly had a hand in the Brewers' hot start, those undervalued players have helped set this year's team up for what the Milwaukee faithful hope is a playoff-bound campaign. Who are three under-the-radar players that have helped the Brewers get off the blocks quickly in 2023?
1. Mike Brosseau has been an under-the-radar performer for the Brewers.
When a player like Mike Brosseau has a career-OPS below .775, he's going to be looked at as a bench bat, and at best, a spot starter. But Brosseau has embraced his under-the-radar role with this year's Milwaukee Brewers team and is currently leading the squad in OPS.
Brosseau's 1.014 OPS is tops among all Brewers hitters. The 29-year-old is 6-for-20 with two round trippers and five runs batted in thus far in 2023. Brosseau has started six games this season and has a base hit in all but one.
Brosseau has the defensive versatility to play all over the infield dirt, and in the outfield in a pinch, but all six starts have come at the hot corner this season. Defensively, Brosseau has had a couple miscues at third base, but his bat has more than made up for his mistakes in the field.
With Luis Urias currently on the IL, Mike Brosseau has done a fine job of holding down the fort. Once Urias returns, it's likely that Brosseau will still wiggle his way into increased playing time after such a hot start to the 2023 season.