Brewers: 3 Reasons Fans Should Be Excited About The 2023 Season
By David Gasper
Reason to be excited #2: The new faces on offense
There was quite a bit of turnover on the Brewers offense over the winter. Kolten Wong, Hunter Renfroe, Andrew McCutchen, Omar Narvaez, and Keston Hiura are now gone. Hiura is still in the organization but he is off the 40 man roster and is unlikely to return quickly.
Replacing Narvaez in the lineup is William Contreras. That's a massive upgrade. Contreras was an All Star last season with an exceptional hit tool and 20+ HR power as well.
Replacing McCutchen in the lineup as the DH is Jesse Winker. Winker had a down year last season while he was dealing with injuries but he's back at 100% this season and had never had a season below a .830 OPS prior to last season. The 29 year old's as good a bet to have a bounce back season as anyone in the league and he's not on the downswing of his career like McCutchen was. He's dominated at American Family Field and is comfortable hitting in the division. This is an improvement.
Luke Voit has replaced Keston Hiura on the roster. He'll fill that backup 1B/DH role and brings legitimate power and solid hitting ability. While he strikes out at a high clip, it's still far less than how often Hiura was punching out and he gets on base more consistently. That's an improvement.
Replacing Wong will be filled with a combination of Luis Urias, Owen Miller, and one of the freshmen, Brice Turang. While Wong was a productive member of the offense last year and not really part of the problem, the Brewers should be able to replicate or even improve upon his production with this group.