Predicting the 2024 Milwaukee Brewers 26-man Opening Day roster

WIth spring training officially started, here's our first crack at what the roster will look like by Opening Day.

Jul 2, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Willy Adames (27) greets
Jul 2, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Willy Adames (27) greets / Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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Starting Pitchers - Freddy Peralta, Wade Miley, Jacob Junis, Colin Rea, DL Hall

One of the staples of recent Milwaukee Brewers teams has been a recognizable starting pitching rotation anchoring the squad. After offseason turnover that saw the 1-2 punch in Corbin Burnes (trade) and Brandon Woodruff (non-tender) move on from the Crew, there was a ton of uncertainty around what the rotation would look like for the first time in a long time. Now, things appear to be taking shape once again.

The team's new ace will be 27-year-old Freddy Peralta. The 2021 All-Star shined toward the end of last season and is now the face of the rotation. Following him in the No. 2 spot should be the ageless Wade Miley who even in his age 36 season was able to go 9-4 with a 3.14 ERA in 2023.

Two other spots in the rotation should be assigned to right-handers Colin Rea and Jakob Junis. Bringing back Rea, who filled in admirably at times last season, in free agency was one of the first priorities for the Brewers early in the offseason so it would be surprising if he didn't start. The same goes for Junis because even though he pitched a good amount of relief in 2023, it's hard to believe he'll be earning a base salary of $4MM to not start.

After those four, the final rotation spot is up for grabs with a few different players having a potential spot. For now, we're going with DL Hall, who was acquired in the Burnes trade. The Brewers would probably love to see part of their return for their former ace end up in the rotation himself and he'll have every chance to earn the spot. He'll have to fend off fellow pitchers Joe Ross and Aaron Ashby, among others, to do so, though.