Here is our projection for the Opening Day starting lineup for the 2023 Milwaukee Brewers.
Batting 8th: CF Garrett Mitchell
And now we get to two of our young guys. Since he made his major league debut last season, we're going to give the nod for the eighth spot over the ninth spot to 2020 first round draft pick, and 20th pick overall, Garrett Mitchell.
With Taylor failing to make an impact after getting most of the playing time in center and the Brewers needing a spark late last season, they made the move to add Mitchell to the roster. He started off a little slow before really finding his groove in Milwaukee.
Mitchell would play in just 28 games but would finish the season slashing .311/.373/.459 in that limited time span. He even grabbed a pair of home runs, stole eight bases without being caught, and added the first career walkoff to his resume.
Down the road, Mitchell has the perfect profile for the Brewers' leadoff hitter of the future. Until he builds a little big of that confidence in Counsell, though, he'll hang out toward the bottom of the order for the time being.
Batting 9th: 2B Brice Turang
Mitchell might not even end up being the only former Milwaukee first rounder in the starting lineup on Opening Day. With Wong no longer on the roster, it's looking more and more like 2018 21st overall pick Brice Turang will play a good amount of second base in 2022.
Turang was by far one of the best hitters in the lineup at Triple-A Nashville last season, slashing .286/.360/.412 with 13 homers, 78 RBIs, and 34 steals. So it was no surprise when he was added to the 40-man roster last month, protecting him from the Rule 5 draft.
As the new guy, he'll very likely start off at the bottom of the batting order. But if he shows that he can hit major league pitching, he has a top third of the order type of profile as well and could move up with time.
Will the Brewers swing anymore trades this season or sign some free agents? Perhaps, but if they don't, this could be the batting order that Brewers fans see on Opening Day 2023.