5 Brewers Who Will Make The 2024 Opening Day Roster But Won't Last The Season

These players just likely won't make it the full year

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5. RHP Taylor Clarke

Every year the Brewers stock up on some more bullpen arms. Some work out and become trusted options while others struggle and see themselves cut from the roster. Taylor Clarke, acquired from the Royals for a pair of prospects, could fall into the latter category.

The 30 year old Clarke has a career 5.03 ERA in five MLB seasons. He doesn't have a truly elite pitch. The best thing he does according to Baseball Savant is his 98th percentile Chase%. He gets hitters to chase, but he's also in the 1st percentile in Barrel% and 6th percentile in groundball percentage. So he gives up a lot of hard contact and it's usually in the air. That's a bad combination.

Even though Clarke has a minor league option remaining, a crowded bullpen picture and a poor record of results makes Clarke a solid bet to not finish the season in the Brewers organization.

Clarke's best season came in 2022 when he had a 4.04 ERA. Of the Brewers bullpen arms from 2023 that are returning this year, a 4.04 ERA would rank as the worst ERA of the entire group. Clarke's best season would be the worst performance of the entire Brewers bullpen.

The Brewers see something in Clarke, which is why they acquired him. They also saw something in Javy Guerra, Matt Bush, and others that didn't end up working out. Clarke wasn't able to find success in his previous five seasons and now he joins an elite group that he simply may not be able to keep up with.