Brewers: 3 Brewers Players Who Will Be Better In 2023 and 2 Who Won't

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"Every day you either get better or you get worse. You never stay the same." - Bo Schembechler. You've probably seen that quote or heard it in some form before, and it holds true. Especially in sports, with the amount of work that players put in and the variance of performance, players never stay the same.

From year to year, from day to day, players don't put up the same performance each and every time. Sometimes they're better than they were before, sometimes they're worse. If you look over the course of a player's career, from one year to the next, it's never the same stat line. The stats usually either get better or they get worse.

For the Milwaukee Brewers, based on the results of last season, they'll need a lot of their players to get better and improve on their 2022 numbers this season. But not all of them will be able to. It's inevitable that at least some of the Brewers won't be better in 2023 than they were in 2022. However, plenty of them will get better. But which ones?

Let's take a look.

Here are three Brewers players who will be better in 2023, and two Brewers who won't be.

Brewer who will be better #1: OF/DH Jesse Winker

The Brewers are betting on a bounce-back season from Jesse Winker this year. He has one year left on his contract before free agency and is coming off a down season in Seattle. For years, Winker was a productive bat, and a Brewer killer, for the Cincinnati Reds. His one season in Seattle was plagued with injuries and poor performance. A return to the NL Central and a clean bill of health should help him.

It's also likely that Winker stays primarily as the DH in MIlwaukee. With the free agent departure of Andrew McCutchen, that job was available for the taking and Winker has never been regarded as a strong defender in the outfield. He's strictly a left field profile and Christian Yelich is already taking up that job and doesn't have the throwing arm for any other outfield spot.

Winker has been an above-average hitter every year of his career, and in 2021 he posted a .305/.394/.556 slash line with 24 homers. He's a career .270 hitter with a 123 OPS+. So his 2022 numbers, hitting .219/.344/.344 seem like an outlier. It's unlikely that in his age-28 season Winker all of a sudden became a bad hitter.