4 Brewers players that need to step up for Milwaukee to stand a chance in 2023

The Milwaukee Brewers are going to have their hands full fending off the rest of the NL Central. Here is who needs to step up for that to happen.

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Brian Anderson

Another position player that Milwaukee is going to need more from is Brian Anderson. When Milwaukee signed Anderson after he was non-tendered by the Marlins after the 2022 season, the hope was that he could return to the form he showed from 2018-2020 in Miami where he was one of the game's most promising young hitters. His last two years in Miami weren't great, but it was clear the talent was there and he was a worthy gamble.

Unfortunately, other than some much needed defensive versatility, Anderson has failed to deliver on that promise with the Brewers as he sports an 88 wRC+ in 339 plate appearances in 2023. Assuming at least one or two other bats pick up the pace, Milwaukee doesn't need Anderson to be a star. They just need him to pick things up enough to be average or above average at the plate. If that happens, Milwaukee's lineup gets just that much deeper and they have a real shot at this thing.

Elvis Peguero

Finally, turning our attention to the Milwaukee bullpen is Elvis Peguero. The Milwaukee bullpen has gotten by this season thanks largely to a Herculean effort from Devin Williams and Joel Payamps. Both of those guys have been awesome this season and have made the very late innings of games straightforward for Milwaukee. Unfortunately, that is where the Brewers' bullpen depth essentially ends as it has been rotating cast of mediocre arms and quad-A players filling up a big chunk of the rest of the relief innings.

Especially with Peter Strzelecki getting dealt to the Diamondbacks, someone else is going to have to step up and give Williams and Payamps some help. Abner Uribe has a chance at being a nice addition down the stretch, but the Brewers need Peguero to be closer to the guy he was at Triple-A where he had a strikeout rate north of 12 K/9. If the Brewers can get him to be a guy that reliably misses bats, it will give them an opportunity to keep their other high leverage guys fresh late in the season and, hopefully, deepen the bullpen for the playoffs.

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