#3 Bounce back Brewers player: RHP Bryse Wilson
The Brewers brought in a bunch of different types of players in an attempt to add more depth and consistency to their bullpen after a somewhat down year for the unit in 2022. One move meant taking a chance on a former highly-rated prospect who hadn't yet panned out.
Right-hander Bryse Wilson was a 4th-round pick for the Atlanta Braves back in 2016 and was a top 30 prospect for them for years, climbing as high as 6th in MLB Pipeline's rankings to end the 2020 season. But he was never able to translate that to MLB success with them and he was eventually traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates at the 2021 trade deadline.
Things didn't quite work out there either and after five MLB seasons, he found himself with a 9-17 record, a 5.54 ERA, and a 1.498 WHIP through 232.1 career innings. The Pirates would designate him for assignment last December, at which point the Brewers would acquire him from Pittsburgh for cash.
Wilson had a bit of a shaky spring, but his ability to pitch as a starter or reliever (as well as having no minor league options remaining) earned him a spot on the Opening Day roster. And it's a good thing that happened because he has been one of the top arms out of the bullpen so far in 2023.
Through 16 innings, Wilson is 1-0 with just a 1.13 ERA and 1.063 WHIP. He is striking out 10.1 batters per nine innings, which would easily be a career high, and hasn't given up a home run yet this season. He also has two saves, which brings his career total to a whopping three.
There is still time for other Brewers players to bounce back from last year as the season goes on. These three bouncing back early, however, is a big part of the reason that the Brewers are off to a good start here in 2023.