For the first time in what feels like a long time, the Brewers are back in action. With that, Brewers fans have a lot of things to be excited about, and one of those is a top prospect. With Opening Day lineups already out, Brice Turang is in, and we get a first look at one of our top prospects in a Brewers uniform.
Let's take a look at some players that you might've forgotten about that made their MLB debut on opening day, with the Brewers.
Pitcher - J.P. Feyereisen - Opening Day 2020
Our favorite story of hometown boy, gets to play for his team he grew up cheering for made his debut during on Opening Day in 2020. Throwing to a catcher, with no one in the stands, just the sounds of the ball hitting the mitt and pumped in crowd noise. The Brewers opening up against the Cubs that year, and Feyereisen fell one out short as he gave up a two-run bomb to Anthony Rizzo. His biggest highlight from that day? Probably striking out MVP Kris Bryant the at-bat before.
Outfielder - Kris Davis - Opening Day 2013
The short stint of fan favorite outfielder, Kris Davis got in a pinch-hit appearance against the Rockies. It's still cool when you make your debut but it wasn't anything to write home about for Davis as he ended up grounding out in his only at-bat on the day. He only spent three years with the crew before Stearns and Co. shipped him off to Oakland in what was one of the first dominos to fall in the Brewers rebuild.
Infielder - J.J. Hardy - Opening Day 2005
Hardy was the last rookie to start for the Brewers on Opening Day, which is crazy to think about with all the turnover the team has had since. Coming in as the top prospect for the organization, as well as the first prospect to come up in the wave of new talent in the mid-2000s, Hardy had a nice start to an excellent career.
He started at shortstop, and at the plate, provided a two-RBI single to help lead the crew to an Opening Day victory. His rookie season went on to become an all-star that season until he was sent to Minnesota for another fan favorite, Carlos Gomez. Maybe with Hardy being the last middle infielder to begin his career on opening day, it's foreshadowing for Brice Turang?
Infielder - Paul Molitor - Opening Day 1978
Sticking with the trend of infielders beginning their careers on opening day, we continue with another great player, this time a hall-of-famer, who went on to get his number retired by the Brewers. The third overall pick of the 1974 MLB Draft, went one-for-five in his debut as he had an RBI and a single. Moltior went on to have a 15 year career with the Brewers, being apart of the crew that gave Milwaukee their first World Series appearance since the Braves were in town.
Infielder - Robin Yount - Opening Day 1974
Last but not least, Robin Yount. Arguably the face of the franchise, No. 1 on every ones Mount Rushmore. Although he didn't have the most highlight filled debut, he drew a walk and flew out before he was pinched hit for. He became the youngest player in Brewers history to start for the club. The rest is history as he finished as a hall-of-famer and his number retired as a Brewer.