Milwaukee Brewers 2023 Opening Day 26 Man Roster Predictions 3.0
By David Gasper
We are a week away from Brewers Opening Day 2023! It can't arrive soon enough. As we enter the closing days of spring training, let's take another look at what the Opening Day roster might look like.
While several roster spots are still up in the air, things are looking quite a bit clearer. There's been a recent round of roster cuts eliminating some candidates but with little time left, there's still a lot more players left in camp than there are roster spots.
Heading into the final week of spring training, let's project what the Brewers 2023 Opening Day roster may look like.
Catchers (2) - William Contreras, Victor Caratini
This hasn't changed from previous projections and with the Brewers optioning Payton Henry, they are the only two catchers left in big league camp.
Infielders (6) - Rowdy Tellez, Luis Urias, Willy Adames, Mike Brosseau, Brice Turang, Luke Voit
It is a very crowded infield picture. Rowdy Tellez and Willy Adames are locked into their positions at first base and shortstop. Mike "Babe" Brosseau has slugged five homers this spring and turned himself into a virtual lock to make the club. With Tyrone Taylor's injury pushing Brian Anderson to see more time in the outfield early on, there's an opening at third base that he's pushing to see some serious time at.
Luis Urias played very well at second base for Team Mexico at the World Baseball Classic and while playing time wasn't necessarily designed for what a player's MLB club wants, we could end up seeing Urias spending most of his time at second base this year.
Then there's the backup infield spots, and it's a tough battle. Owen Miller made the club in the previous roster projection but it's close. Both have performed extremely well and the Brewers have even been putting Miller in centerfield at times and has done well. But as spring gets closer to an end, I'm leaning towards Turang making the roster over Miller.
Turang has nothing left to prove in Triple-A, and while Miller doesn't have anything left to prove there either, Turang's success last season, his maturity and improvement makes me feel the Brewers are finally ready to give him an opportunity. Perhaps there's a way for the Brewers to keep both on the roster, but then there's the case of Luke Voit.
I think Luke Voit makes this team. He's also done everything possible to make this team and he brings a skillset the Brewers could certainly use. He pushed back his opt out date and the Brewers said they liked him and wanted to maintain roster flexibility. It sounds like they're leaning towards adding him but want to take the proper steps first, such as what to do with Keston Hiura, who does not make this roster projection.