Ranking Milwaukee Brewers 2023 Rookie Debuts: #6 Gus Varland
Gus Varland, like Brice Turang, was on Milwaukee's Opening Day roster. Varland was a Rule 5 draft pick from the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. He debuted on Opening Day in the Brewers 4-0 loss to the Cubs. Varland pitched a scoreless inning, gave up two hits and a walk, and recorded one strikeout.
Varland was a decent pitcher before missing some time due to injury, however, when he returned from his time on the injured list, he struggled mightily and was ultimately designated for assignment and returned to the Dodgers.
Ranking Milwaukee Brewers 2023 Rookie Debuts: #5 Brice Turang
Turang is one of a few rookies that was on the Milwaukee Brewers Opening Day roster and was even the starting second baseman on a cold first game of the year in Chicago. The Brewers lost but Turang batted 1-for-3 on the day and we got to see the beginning of a middle infield pairing that has produced a lot of excitement during the 2023 season.
Turang was the turn man on one double play in this game, also had two ground ball putouts and caught one pop out.
Since his debut, Turang was sent back down to Triple-A in June and since returning has been an important part of the Brewers' success. Turang's plate discipline has improved, he's striking out less, and is arguably playing Gold Glove quality defense.