Brewers Prospect To Watch #2: SS/2B Brice Turang
Many people believed that Brice Turang would get a September call up at the end of last season, including Turang himself. It didn't happen. The Brewers opted to bring up Mitchell instead and while calling up Mitchell was a good move, it's led Turang to come to camp hungry.
The Brewers added Turang to the 40 man roster this offseason and traded incumbent second baseman Kolten Wong away. While Turang is a shortstop by trade, he played all around the diamond last season for Triple-A Nashville. Since Willy Adames is entrenched at shortstop, for now, Turang won't be playing there but there's plenty of open playing time at second base.
However, the Brewers added a lot of competition for Turang in the infield over the offseason. They brought in Abraham Toro in that Wong trade, as well as Owen Miller, and Brian Anderson. Plus there's Luis Urias and Mike Brosseau who were already on the roster that can handle second base duties.
The plan at second base is very much up in the air. One thing working in Turang's favor is that he's a left handed hitter. All the other candidates for time at second base are right handed hitters, with the exception of Toro who is a switch hitter. If the Brewers opt for a platoon to split time, Turang is likely to be a part of it and as a lefty, he'd get the lion's share of the starts.
Turang had the best season of his career to this point in 2022. HIs power ticked up, he set career highs in several categories, including doubles, homers, OPS, batting average, stolen bases, and RBIs. He appears ready to make the jump, but the final step is a strong spring training to prove he's ready. Keep a close eye on him as the spring unfolds.