Each season, every MLB team relies on a few players on the roster to have bounceback seasons after down performances the year before. The Milwaukee Brewers are no different.
Whether it be players signed to low value deals with hopes of a bounceback season or players who were already on the team last year looking to improve, there are several players on the Brewers roster who fit that criteria. And almost one month into the season, there are three players who are already looking better than their 2022 versions.
Here are three Brewers players who have been bouncing back to start the 2023 season.
#1 Bounce back Brewers player: 3B/OF Brian Anderson
With some uncertainty at the third base and right field positions heading into this spring, the Brewers brought in a player who can man both spots in Brian Anderson. The hope was that he would bounce back from injuries and return to the form from earlier in his career.
Anderson had a big year in 2018, batting .273 with a .757 OPS and earning a fourth place finish in that season's NL Rookie of the Year race. But decent seasons in 2019 and 2020, injuries befell him in 2021 and 2022 and he started to see his production decline as a result, slashing .233/.322/.359 over just 165 games across those two seasons.
The Brewers were able to sign Anderson to a one-year contract worth just $3.5MM hoping for a bounceback and so far the 29-year-old has delivered. Through 25 games, he is batting .276 with an .844 OPS and his 20 RBIs lead the team and are 7th most in the National League.
His presence has been sorely needed as well. While Luis Urias has been on the injured list since Opening Day, outfielder has had to shift from right field over to center as a result of Garrett Mitchell's own injury. So there will be no lack of playing time for Anderson going forward, which is definitely okay.