Matt Arnold has been busying adding new pitchers to the Brewers staff this offseason. Unfortunately, none of these new acquisitions are proven MLB contributors, in fact a few have not yet made their big league debuts. That begs the question as to which one of these new pitchers will have the greatest impact in 2023?
So far, the Brewers have added Cam Robinson, Abner Uribe, Tyson Miller, Javy Guerra, Janson Junk, Elvis Peguero, and Adam Seminaris. Robinson and Uribe were internal adds to the 40-man roster. Miller was claimed off of waivers, Guerra came via trade with the Rays, and Junk, Peguero, and Seminaris were involved in the Hunter Renfroe trade.
Of the new Brewers pitchers, which one may have the biggest impact in 2023?
If we were looking at betting odds in Vegas, Guerra and Junk may be the favorites to have the biggest impact in 2023. Guerra is a hard throwing reliever who hasn't not generated a lot of strikeouts yet. He posted a 3.38 ERA in 16 innings last year for the Rays. Unfortunately he is out of minor league options, so he will have to pitch well in spring training in order to earn a spot on the active roster and then continue to pitch well in order to keep his spot on the Brewers roster.
Junk threw just eight major league innings last year and things did not go well. Things were not going all that well in the minor leagues last year either. Despite this, the Brewers expect him to compete for a rotation spot this spring. If he is able to carve out a role as a starter, spot starter, or long reliever role he could prove to be an asset for the Brew Crew in 2023.
Of the pitchers mentioned, Guerra and Junk are most likely ready to contribute right away. They also stand the highest chance at making the big league roster out of camp. However, neither one of them has the highest ceiling of the new pitchers.
Abner Uribe may have the highest ceiling given his velocity and ability to strike batters out. Unfortunately injuries limited him in the past, including 2021, and he just got his feet wet at the Double-A level last year, but it's possible that he makes a huge jump forward in 2023 and becomes a trusted electric arm for Craig Counsell.
There are a lot of unknowns with this new group of pitchers that the Brewers have brought in. The good news is that Matt Arnold is for the most part stocking his pitching arm barracks with players who have minor league options remaining. This will grant them time to continue developing while spending time at both the major and minor league levels.