Major League Baseball is now over a month past when pitchers and catchers reported for spring training. As we get closer to the start of the regular season, fans are starting to see some players stand out more than others.
The Milwaukee Brewers' spring training has been full of good and bad surprises. There are still tons of roster spots players are competing for and many players have been even more impressive than expected.
Here are 3 Brewers players who have played exceptionally well and surprised many fans this spring training.
Surprising Brewers Player #1: UTIL Mike Brosseau
Mike Brosseau has posted a .474/.565/1.211 in Cactus League play so far this spring. While potentially competing for the starting third baseman or infield/outfield utility job, he certainly hasn’t buckled under pressure.
For most of his career, Brosseau has primarily been a platoon hitter that mashes left-handed pitching, but this spring he has posted those numbers and primarily faced right-handed pitching. This has made many change the way they look at Brosseau and has brought him into starting third baseman conversations.
We will have to wait and see what role Brosseau ends up getting as there is a lot of competition for the two spots he’s competing for. But if anything is going to help Brosseau win one of those jobs, it’s this spring training performance.
Surprising Brewers Player #2: RHP Tyson Miller
Despite having a career 9.19 ERA in 15.2 career major league innings, reliever Tyson Miller has been stellar for the Brewers this spring training after being claimed this last offseason. So far this spring, batters are hitting just .056 off of him with the reliever having given up just one single hit.
Miller is extremely excited about coming to Milwaukee stating to Todd Rosiak in his piece for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the pitching development here has been impressive and helped many players turn their careers around. This might just happen to Miller as well. After his spring training performance, Miller has a real shot at earning a spot in the Brewers bullpen.
Surprising Brewers Player #3: 3B/OF Brian Anderson
Brian Anderson, one of Milwaukee's few free agent signings this offseason, is a bounce-back candidate for the Brewers in 2023. The third baseman who can also play the outfield is coming off an injury-riddled season where he had just a .222/.311/.346 slash line.
After recovering from injuries, Anderson claimed to work very hard in the offseason and it has shown in spring training. He currently owns a .409/.552/.727 in 2023 spring training over 22 at bats with a double and a pair of home runs.
Anderson is similar to Brosseau in that he is also competing for the starting third baseman job. Anderson can also play a little outfield, though, and I wouldn’t be shocked if the Brewers try him at other spots in the infield throughout the season. If Anderson is to win an everyday role for the Brewers you can expect this spring training performance to be one of the major reasons.
Surprising spring training performances happen every season. The challenge will be whether these three players can carry those performances over into the regular season as well.