Spring training is coming up fast (but not fast enough) and we'll soon hear those four beautiful words: "Pitchers and catchers report".
It's the official beginning of spring training, which will mark the beginning of the 2024 baseball season. But when do the Brewers pitchers and catchers have to report to the Crew's spring training complex in Arizona?
Brewers pitchers and catchers will report to spring training on February 15th, 2024.
While every team has different dates in the same range, the Brewers have set the date pitchers and catchers must report by as Thursday, February 15th. It's worth noting that players can show up at the complex at any time, and several will likely be there before the 15th.
The first official workout though for pitchers and catchers is the 15th. The rest of the position players must report by Tuesday, February 20th, which is when the first full team workout is.
Most teams in the Cactus League will have their pitchers and catchers report by the 14th or 15th, but the Dodgers are reporting on the 9th and the Padres set their report date as the 11th.
The Brewers will go into spring training coming off an NL Central division title, but a disappointing early playoff exit to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Once again, they'll look to achieve their ultimate goal of a World Series title in 2024, and that pursuit begins in spring training.
There will be some new faces among the players reporting to camp on the 15th. Eric Haase has signed a major league deal to be the backup to William Contreras behind the plate while Austin Nola is in camp on a minor league deal coming off a down season in San Diego. Also Jeferson Quero was added to the 40 man roster, he's the Brewers No. 2 prospect and is highly regarded behind the plate. Former backup Victor Caratini signed a free agent contract with the Houston Astros this offseason.
The new pitchers in camp include Joe Ross, who hasn't pitched in an MLB game since 2021 due to Tommy John surgery, but is expected to compete for a rotation spot. Bryan Hudson and Taylor Clarke were both acquired in trades and will figure into the bullpen mix.
There's also several non-roster new faces competing for a spot on the pitching staff, including Jared Koenig, Easton McGee, Enoli Paredes, and Rob Zastryzny. Several prospects also earned NRIs including Jacob Misiorowski, Robert Gasser, Carlos Rodriguez, Tobias Myers, and Evan McKendry.
Milwaukee's first spring training game on the Cactus League schedule is set for February 24th against the Padres.