Brewers 2022 Season Report Card Grades For The Infield
The last remaining players are Kolten Wong, Jace Peterson, Mike Brosseau, and Keston Hiura.
2B Kolten Wong 2022 Season Grade: B+
It was a strange year for Kolten Wong. The typically sure-handed handed defender had perhaps his worst defensive season of his career by committing 17 errors but was solid offensively despite being removed from the leadoff spot.
Wong's performance put the Brewers in a tricky spot for he had a $10MM club option looming for the 2023 season. In somewhat surprising fashion, the Brewers picked up his option. Unless he is traded, Wong will return as the Crew's starting second basemen in 2023.
UTIL Jace Peterson 2022 Season Grade: B-
2022 was a tale of two halves for Jace Peterson. During the first half, while initially filling in for the injured Luis Urias, he may have been the team's MVP as he hit eight home runs, drove in 30 runs, and had a 118 OPS+. Unfortunately an elbow injury sidelined him for much of the second half and his performance suffered as a result.
When healthy, Peterson played quite well both offensively and defensively. However, the 32 year old has no minor league options remaining and is a free agent. This may be the end of the road for the "on bace jace" era in Milwaukee as prospect Brice Turang will likely replace Peterson in 2023.
UTIL Mike Brosseau Season Grade: B+
Brosseau was limited to just 69 games with the Brewers in his first year with the team. He initially split time in between the major and minor leagues, but also had two different spells on the injured list that limited him. Overall, his stat line was pretty decent at .255/.344/.418/.762.
There were a few instances where Brosseau came up clutch for the Crew, especially as a pinch hitter. For example, his first hit with the team was a pinch hit go ahead home run in the seventh inning against the Cubs in April. He also had a pinch hit grand slam against the Met's in September.
1B/DH Keston Hiura 2022 Season Grade: C
After an awful 2021 season, Hiura bounced back in 2022 and put up a some decent numbers. In 80 games he slashed .226/.316/.449.765 with 14 home runs and 32 RBI. He also had two walk off home runs on the season. The first came against the Braves in May and the second against the Pirates in August.
The biggest knock with Hiura continues to be his high strikeout rate. In 2022 he struck out 41.7% of the time. It will be interesting to see if the Brewers tender him a contract this off-season for the former first round pick is out of minor league options.
Odds are the Brewers will return all of their normal 2022 infield starters in Rowdy Tellez, Kolten Wong, Willy Adames, and Luis Urias for the 2023 season. This is a solid core of infield players and Brice Turang will likely also be added to the mix. When all are performing at their best, this is a very good infield.