Brewers: 8 Observations from the Crew's 2023 ZiPS projections
2023 Brewers ZiPS projections observation #7: High praise for Aaron Ashby
Aaron Ashby may be the recipient of the best compliment of the 2023 Milwaukee Brewers ZiPS projections. At the beginning of the article, author Dan Szymborski declares that Aaron Ashby will be one of the best #5 starters in all of MLB, if not the best.
Ashby is projected to have a 4.00 ERA in 26 appearances, 18 of them starts, pitch 101.3 innings and throw 117 strikeouts compared to 47 walks. Those are pretty decent numbers from your fifth starting pitcher, no?
2023 Brewers ZiPS projections observation #8: 2nd base, solved?
The Brewers have been very quiet in free agency, with fans clamoring for the team to add either a second or third baseman to the team to fill in the role left vacant by the departure of Jace Peterson and Kolten Wong. The Brewers have done no such thing and may be content to move into the 2023 season with prospect Brice Turang and newly acquired Abraham Toro who came over in the Wong trade.
Fangraphs ZiPS projections for the Brewers in 2023 seem to echo that sentiment. The projections read for a pretty solid combination at second base between Toro and Turang. Together the pair is projected for 23 home runs (14 from Toro) and 116 RBI. Brice Turang is also projected for 17 stolen bases, the second highest on the team to only speedster Garrett Mitchell.
All in all, the 2023 season will for certain see a lot of new faces in Brewers jerseys. How they perform will certainly be a hot topic of conversation before, during, and after the season.