First three left off the Milwaukee Brewers roster: Keston Hiura
Keston Hiura has had a tough go trying to keep his place on the Milwaukee Brewers since bursting on to the scene back in 2019. Hiura has struggled at the plate, mainly with his strikeout numbers, which if this spring is an indicator, isn't improving as the Brewers and fans would hope. Hiura has nine strikeouts in 25 at bats, nearly a 40 percent clip.
Unfortunately, despite playing first base and left field for the first time in the major leagues and being a second baseman when the Brewers first called him up, Hiura has not found his place defensively either. With better hitters and better defenders on the roster, Keston Hiura may be best suited for a change of scenery.
Hiura is out of minor league options, meaning if he doesn't make the Opening Day roster, the Brewers will have to put him on waivers. He doesn't appear to be on track to making the club, leaving him on the wrong side of the roster bubble.
First three left off the Milwaukee Brewers roster: Sal Frelick
It pains me to put Sal Frelick on the list of players who misses the cut for the major league roster because I am a huge fan of his potential and can't wait to see him in a regular season game for the MIlwaukee Brewers.
However, I do think Sal Frelick is going to eventually force Tyrone Taylor out of the Brewers plans in the outfield, possibly sooner than later. Sal Frelick will get his call up and may never go back down, similar to how Garrett Mitchell progressed into his role in late August of 2022, but it may not happen on Opening Day.
Frelick primarily plays center field but if Tyrone Taylor doesn't progress from his return from injury in the expected timeline and if Tyler Naquin can't hold down the right field position in Taylor's absence, the Brewers will have few options. Brian Anderson will likely see some time out there and could help out alongside Naquin until the outfield gets healthy. Otherwise they either have to use Jesse Winker in right field instead of primarily at designated hitter, or call up Sal Frelick. Matt Arnold may decide to see the young guy sooner than later, but he's on the wrong side of the bubble at the moment.
First three left off the Milwaukee Brewers roster: Brice Turang
Brice Turang is another tough player to leave off the Opening Day roster because his spring training play has made him deserving of a spot. This spring Turang is slashing .360/.429/.520, we will likely see Turang in 2023 at some point but not to begin the year.
Turang misses out not because he hasn't done enough but because the Brewers have gotten solid play from so many other infielders who will be playing the middle infield positions. Willy Adames is locked and loaded at shortstop, I believe Luis Urias will start Opening Day at second base, Brian Anderson at third base with still Mike Brosseau and Owen Miller to back them up.
Rather than forcing Brice Turang to watch a bunch of big league games and not play the Brewers can keep him in AAA getting tons of playing time and staying ready for his call up, which may not take long.