Brewers: 3 rookies who stood out in opening series sweep of New York Mets

These rookies certainly weren't looking like rookies

Milwaukee Brewers v New York Mets
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The Brewers have 12 players who just made their first Opening Day roster. Some have been around for a bit, while others are pure rookies and the performances were all phenomenal during a season opening sweep of the New York Mets.

It takes contributions from all over the roster to make a series sweep happen, and the Brewers got several from some of their youngest members.

These three rookies stood out for their performances in the first three games of the year against the Mets.

1. Jackson Chourio

Where else would we start? Jackson Chourio, the hitting wunderkind and uber-prospect announced his presence with authority during the first three games of his career. It started with his first plate appearance, leading off on Opening Day and drawing a four pitch walk. He followed that by immediately stealing second base.

Chourio went 1-for-3 with a single and an RBI to go with that opening walk. He followed that up on Saturday with his first career multi-hit game, going 2-for-5 out of the 9th spot in the order. Then on Sunday, Chourio was back in the 9th spot and had a second consecutive multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

Through three games, Chourio is hitting .417 (5-for-12) with a .962 OPS. Granted it's a small sample size, but not bad for a kid who just turned 20 years old three weeks ago and only had six games above Double-A before this.

If you're the Brewers you could not ask for a better start from Chourio. He doesn't look lost, he looks like he belongs out there and wasn't rushed too fast. He caught every ball hit to him in right field, they may have been adventures but he was able to adjust and make every play.

2. Oliver Dunn

Despite being the last man to make the roster due to Garrett Mitchell's hand injury, Dunn has gotten two of the three starts at third base in the first series. He got a hit in both games while bringing some good defense as well.

That includes an RBI single with the bases loaded in the 5th inning of Sunday's game to extend the Crew's lead to 3-1.

Dunn has earned the trust of manager Pat Murphy to be in the middle of the lineup, protecting Rhys Hoskins and Willy Adames. He, like Chourio, made his MLB debut in this series and he made some big contributions to the sweep. We'll likely see him a lot more than the typical backup utility infielder.

3. Bryan Hudson

The Dodgers designated Bryan Hudson for assignment over the winter after he posted a 7.27 ERA in six outings last season. The Brewers jumped at the chance to get him, surrendering one of their top signing bonus recipients from the 2023 Draft, LHP Justin Chambers. It seemed like a high price for a DFAed reliever, but Brewers fans caught a glimpse of why the front office wanted to get Hudson so bad on Sunday.

After Colin Rea pitched a solid five innings, allowing just one run, manager Pat Murphy turned to Bryan Hudson out of the bullpen to give him some length and rest some of the key high leverage arms.

Hudson answered the bell, pitching three scoreless innings, allowing just two hits, no walks, and striking out four on 37 pitches. It was clean, it was efficient, and it was exactly what the Brewers needed. Outings like that go a long way towards earning a manager's trust and Hudson could be well on his way to earning more opportunities.

Last year, the Brewers struggled to find a second left hander to complement Hoby Milner, and now they might have found one.