Well, that concludes the first week of the 2021 Milwaukee Brewers’ Spring Training camp. They enter their first day off on Sunday 7th March with a 4-3 record. As much as performances and scores don’t really matter in Spring Training, it’s a nice indicator of where some players are at and how they are being utilized within the roster. With a nice little homage to Ken Allison’s Cubs Corner, I will be breaking down some key talking points of the first week.
2021 Milwaukee Brewers: Results Overview
The Brewers kicked off their Spring Training campaign with a game against the Chicago White Sox at Camelback Ranch and concluded the week after a contest with the Chicago Cubs. They picked up wins against the White Sox, D-Backs, Padres, and the Rockies while losing to the A’s, Indians, and Cubs. Below show some of the home runs scored by the 2021 Milwaukee Brewers, and there is a fair mixture of players who have hit bombs in Spring Training.
02/28/21 – Brewers 7 White Sox 2
03/01/21 – Brewers 7 Diamondbacks 1
Manny Pina 2-run HR
03/02/21 – Athletics 2 Brewers 1
03/03/21 – Brewers 8 Padres 5
Pablo Reyes 3-run HR
03/04/21 – Indians 5 Brewers 1
03/05/21 – Brewers 12 Rockies 3
03/06/21 – Cubs 3 Brewers 1
Although they ended the week disappointingly with a defeat to the Chicago Cubs, it has been a useful week in terms of getting hitters out there and facing different pitchers, and it has been good to get the younger players working alongside the Majors’ guys.
Next up for the 2021 Milwaukee Brewers, this spring is the LA Angels on Monday.
Three Standout Hitters
There have been varying degrees of success for the Brewers’ hitters in this first week of Spring Training. Obviously, no-one has had consistent ABs, but there have been some performances that are worth keeping an eye on.
Tyrone Taylor – OF
Entering this Spring Training as a potential third outfielder, the Brewers went and brought in Jackie Bradley Jr., thus deeming Taylor a seemingly spare part. However, he has not let this speculation or rumors of his future role affect his start to ST.
He kicked off the first game by hitting a homer to left-center field, before being one of the most consistent hitters in this first week, going 4-9, and being struck out just once.
Taylor has shown some physical improvements in the off-season and confirmed he put on 15 pounds of muscle to Fox Sports Wisconsin. Whether he is used sporadically, or he gets his opportunity to be a regular starter, he has hit the ground running and not let anything affect his performances.
Avisail Garcia – OF
Yet another outfielder potentially affected by how stacked the outfield is now for the Brewers. However, he has followed Taylor’s lead and looked solid at the plate. He is currently 4-9, with a double and a homer, but he has been struck out four times.
His HR came in the first outing, much like Taylor, thus making his spring remarkably similar to Tyrone Taylor’s.
Garrett Mitchell – OF
We can’t mention two outfielders without mentioning Mitchell’s solid start to his first ST with the Brewers. He may not have hit a homer yet, but he has two RBIs and is currently 3-6 through the first week. There may not be regular performances from the 1st Round Draft pick in the upcoming few weeks but this experience has shown his ability at the plate and shown off his hitting tools.
Three Standout Pitchers
Pitching at spring training seems very hit or miss. There may be single inning appearances, or there may be a maximum of three innings dependent on the length of the contest. However, there have been a few standouts so far.
Corbin Burnes – SP
Burnes has made two appearances in ST, against the D-Backs and the Padres. He has pitched three innings, striking out seven and allowing no hits so far.
He may have only faced 11 hitters, but he has shown control and electricity at the mound. It has been a productive couple of starts for the potential #2 starter for the 2021 season.
One of the few prospects I touted as potentially getting a role in the 2021 season, Ashby has been on fire with his 2 innings pitched this ST. Ranked #6 in the MLB’s Top 30 Prospects for the Brewers, Ashby has showcased his filthy slider and his above-average fastball whilst picking up six strikeouts. We could very well see some of Ashby in 2021, and I for one am excited by that.
Freddy Peralta – RP
Another pitcher that hasn’t done much this ST, Peralta has pitched just one inning so far. That came following Burnes against the D-Backs, and he struck out three hitters in that short spell.
He could be the most used reliever in the 2021 Milwaukee Brewers’ bullpen, thus making it integral that he had a positive start to ST. He should have his innings ramped up as ST continues and it will be interesting to see how he gets on.
We have already touched upon Mitchell and Ashby, but there are plenty of current prospects at ST. The likes of Brice Turang, Mario Feliciano, Payton Henry, and Tristen Lutz have seen some time at the plate, whilst Clayton Andrews, Drew Rasmussen, and Ethan Small have pitched some innings.
As Spring Training goes on, there will be a reduction in how much the prospects are involved. From there it will be interesting to see who the Brewers keep on alongside their main roster, and how they are then split into their Minor League levels.
The continuation of Minor League Baseball is much needed for the improving farm system of the Brewers. More exposure to game situations, as well as development from the organization should hopefully see some players integrated into the Majors roster by the end of 2021.
Well, that concludes Part 1 of the 2021 Milwaukee Brewers’ Spring Training Updates. It has been an interesting first week and has been exciting finally seeing baseball again. Check back on the Brewers’ next day off for hopefully new standout hitters and pitchers.
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