Brewers: An Updated Prediction Of The Brewers 2023 Opening Day Roster
Bullpen (7) - Devin Williams, Matt Bush, Peter Strzelecki, Hoby Milner, Javy Guerra, Tyson Miller, Bryse Wilson
The bullpen is always the toughest group to predict in every spring training. There are several spots up for grabs each year and a lot of viable candidates to fill them.
This year, the Brewers essentially have three open spots. Devin Williams and Matt Bush are locks in the back end. Milner is coming off a great season and Strzelecki had an impressive debut and the Brewers love what they see in him. Those two are essentially locks.
With the six man rotation, there are three spots left before the 13 pitcher maximum. I'm giving those three spots to Javy Guerra, Tyson Miller, and Bryse Wilson. Guerra and Wilson are both out of minor league options. Guerra throws hard and has looked good on the mound this spring. He's currently in the World Baseball Classic as well. Wilson is a former Top 100 prospect that is looking to rebound in Milwaukee and can give the Brewers some length out of the bullpen.
Tyson Miller, a waiver claim from the Rangers, earns a spot. In five spring training innings, Miller has allowed just one hit, no runs, and has struck out eight. He does have a minor league option remaining, which works against him making the roster for Opening Day, but with the way he's performed so far, it's difficult not to put him on the roster.
This would mean Rule 5 pick Gus Varland gets returned to the Dodgers since he does not make the cut here. I wouldn't count out Varland making the team, but it's an uphill climb. Other candidates include Joel Payamps, Jake Cousins, and Elvis Peguero. Payamps is the only one of that trio that is out of minor league options.
If the season started today, this is how I'd project the Brewers Opening Day roster to look. We still have a few weeks left, and things could change.