Coming into 2023, Milwaukee Brewers fans had a good feeling that a number of top prospects would end up contributing during the season. The only question was how many of them and how early in the season would we see them.
We knew that 2020 20th overall pick Garrett Mitchell would get playing time early, what with the starting center field position his for the taking. Then as the Opening Day roster started taking shape, we learned of another top prospect who would be joining him in the dugout: 2018 21st overall pick Brice Turang.
That was a good start, but it wasn't all. Just one game into the season, due to a Luis Urias injury that will keep the third baseman out for the better part of two months, outfielder Joey Wiemer, a third round pick in 2020, was added to the 40-man and 26-man rosters.
Those three prospects are among the top five or six prospects in the Brewers organization depending on where you look, and all three garnered a pair of starts each in the opening series win against the Chicago Cubs. The results were exactly what Brewers fans were hoping for.
Top prospects Garrett Mitchell, Brice Turang, and Joey Wiemer made a good impression in the Brewers' series win versus the Cubs.
The series didn't start off with many positive things to speak of after the Crew mustered only four hits in a 4-0 Opening Day loss. But if there was one bright spot, it was when Turang motored down the line on a grounder to second and beat out a wild throw for the first hit of his MLB career.
On Saturday in game number two, it was Wiemer's turn to cash in for his first career hit, a soft liner to the opposite field that he turned into a hustle double. Mitchell and Turang would enter the game as a pinch hitter and pinch runner, respectively, and each score a run en route to a 3-1 Brewers win.
Then on Sunday in the series finale, all three rookies got the start for Milwaukee. And as the offense exploded for a nine-run day, that trio was responsible for plenty of the offense's success on the day, one that ended in a 9-5 win for the Crew.
Perhaps the most exciting hit of the day came off the bat of Mitchell, who pulled a line drive into the right field corner and sped around for an RBI triple that had the 24-year-old looking like he was taking an leisurely jog around the bases.
Mitchell would add another hit on the day while Turang would also collect a pair (including a double) and Wiemer would add a single of his own. The trio would also combine for three runs scored and three runs batted in.
With all said and done, those three players combined to go 7-for-24 with two doubles, a triple, five runs scored, three RBIs, and a stolen base. And most importantly, it allowed the Brewers to leave Chicago with a series win to begin the 2023 season.
It was a glimpse into the future for Brewers fans in the first weekend of 2023. After three games, that future is already looking awfully bright.