What will the Brewers Opening Day roster look like? We're still over two weeks away from the start of the regular season, but we're well into Cactus League play, and while the roster picture is still fuzzy, it's getting clearer by the day.
So let's take a fresh look at the Brewers roster. Roster battles are underway and some players are starting to pull away and some are falling behind.
Here's a fresh projection of the Milwaukee Brewers 2023 Opening Day roster by position.
Catchers (2) - William Contreras, Victor Caratini
This position is pretty cut and dry. William Contreras is the big addition this offseason and he'll be the starter behind the plate. Veteran Victor Caratini is going to be the backup. The only other catcher on the 40 man roster is Payton Henry, who has limited big league experience and even more limited big league success. Barring injury (knock on wood), this will be the catching corps.
Infielders (6) - Rowdy Tellez, Luis Urias, Willy Adames, Mike Brosseau, Owen Miller, Luke Voit
It's a crowded infield picture for the Brewers. Rowdy Tellez is entrenched as the starter at first base. Willy Adames is at shortstop. The rest is up for grabs, it seems. Luis Urias figures to be an everyday regular, but could bounce between third base and second base. Meanwhile, the fight for the other remaining everyday spot is heating up.
Mike Brosseau and Owen Miller are all dominating at camp right now. Miller is hitting .400 with four of his eight hits being doubles. Brosseau is the Brewers spring training leader in home runs with four long balls in seven games played, The third player battling for the utility spot is Abraham Toro, and he's the switch hitter of the group. However, he's playing for Team Canada at the World Baseball Classic right now and is not in camp, which may hurt his chances of making the Opening Day roster.
The way Miller and Brosseau are playing, it's hard to keep them off the roster, so I have them making it, pushing Brice Turang back to start the season in Triple-A, despite having nothing left to prove there.
Luke Voit also makes the roster here. Signed to a minor league deal, Voit pushes Keston Hiura out of his roster spot. They have similar skillsets but Voit has a track record of big league success where Hiura does not. The early opt out may force the Brewers hand, and although they theoretically could add him to the 40 man roster and option him down before the season, it makes more sense to simply roll with Voit as the backup first baseman and DH.