Ranking Milwaukee Brewers 2023 Rookie Debuts: #2 Andruw Monasterio
Andruw Monasterio is another player who has made contributions much larger than anyone expected from him coming into the 2023 season. He made his debut in a win over the San Francisco Giants as a pinch hitter and followed that up with his first career start against the Toronto Blue Jays on May 30th. The Brewers lost 7-2 but Monasterio had a fantastic debut, going 2-for-3 and drawing a walk.
Since his debut, Monasterio has been a stabilizing player for Craig Counsell as the team navigated injuries to Willy Adames, Luis Urias and Brian Anderson. He has, however, struggled at the plate in August, prompting the Brewers to take a flier on Josh Donaldson.
Ranking Milwaukee Brewers 2023 Rookie Debuts: #1 Sal Frelick
There is no doubt in anyone's mind that Sal Frelick had the best Brewers rookie debut in 2023. Frelick's debut was absolutely electric and came against arguably the best team in baseball, the Atlanta Braves. Even further, the game was on national TV.
Frelick was 3-for-3 at the plate, batted in two runs, one of them the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly, and the Brewers would go on to win 4-3. He also scored two runs in the game.
In addition to his contributions at the plate, Frelick made a pair of web gem catches in right field that were amazing to see and hear the call on national televison.
Since his debut, Frelick has given the Brewers a boost and arguably the biggest impact he's had on the team is his plate discipline rubbing off on his teammates. The Brewers have struck out much less in the month of August, hopefully that influence continues into September.
Brewers fans don't often get to see a bunch of rookie debuts in a season, but 2023 has been a pleasant exception to the rule. Will September result in even more rookie call-ups and debuts? We will have to wait and see.