We are two weeks away from the start of the MLB Season, and the 2021 Milwaukee Brewers get their second day off this month following a 7-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. We recently covered their first day off, so what has changed between then and now?
2021 Milwaukee Brewers: Results Overview
Since their last day off, the Brewers have played nine times, winning four of those. They tied once and lost four times. Victories against the Angels, Giants, Cubs, and Dodgers were all impressive results, but it’s the finer details that are interesting. Below are some of the home runs from the 2021 Milwaukee Brewers’ Spring Training.
Angels 9 Brewers 10
Brice Turang HR
Giants 7 Brewers 13
Brewers 1 Athletics 9
Travis Shaw HR
Royals 4 Brewers 2
Manny Pina HR
Brewers 8 Cubs 3
Rangers 4 Brewers 4
Brewers 4 Mariners 5
Padres 13 Brewers 3
Pablo Reyes HR
Brewers 7 Dodgers 2
After 3 games without a victory, the 2021 Milwaukee Brewers finished their 9 day-stand with an impressive win over the Dodgers. Back-to-back homers against Clayton Kershaw, as seen above, kickstarted the Brewers, before Jackie Bradley JR. picked up his first RBI. With the roster becoming shorter, there is more of an idea of how the Brewers may line up come April 1st.
2021 Milwaukee Brewers: Three Standout Hitters
Across the last nine games, they only managed to score two or fewer in just two of the games. This showed some productivity from the hitters, and in particular these three:
Garrett Mitchell – OF
He was mentioned in Part One, but he continued to excel. Although he was sent to Minor League Camp mid-way through that spell, he still produced with the bat to finish 8-for-16, with a homer and four RBIs.
He may not be given a roster spot come April 1st, but he is considerably closer than the Brewers would have expected at the start of Spring Training. Garrett Mitchell is the name to watch from the Brewers’ farm system, backed up by being named Number 1 Prospect by MLB Pipeline.
Zach Green – 1B
Although he was assigned to the Minor League Camp today, he continued his fine form with a homer in the top of the eighth against the Dodgers. That was his second HR of Spring Training and put him top for RBIs with nine. An impressive hitter of the ball, he not only targeted going big but picked the gaps when they presented. His three-run double against the Mariners showed his ability to find all areas of the field.
He may have been assigned now, but Zach Green could be someone who finds himself back up very soon.
Pablo Reyes – OF
We heavily talked about outfielders in the Three Standout Hitters last time out, but this time it is a different outfielder stealing the show. Reyes finished 7-for-20 with two homers and five RBIs. He didn’t play against the Dodgers but picked up the last score of the annihilation at the hands of the Padres.
With the embarrassment of riches in the outfield for the 2021 Milwaukee Brewers, they will need to make a decision on who will make the final roster, and Reyes did plenty to prove why he should be included.
2021 Milwaukee Brewers: Three Standout Pitchers
It was a mixed set of results for the pitchers. They had some strong performances, but there were plenty of runs allowed by most pitchers. There were however some standouts, these were:
Adrian Houser – SP
I was skeptical of Houser in my Predictions for the 2021 Milwaukee Brewers not long ago, but he has proved many doubters wrong with some strong performances in Spring Training. In 5.1 innings pitched, he struck out six and allowed just one run. This may not seem a lot considering the build-up to the season, but to have an ERA of just 1.69 is solid in a crazy Spring Training. He does have the potential to be hard to hit, as shown in the video of last season’s performance against the White Sox.
J.P. Feyereisen – RP
The 28-year-old made just six appearances for the Brewers last season but has hit the ground running so far this Spring Training. His ERA of 0.00 is a testament to what he has offered on the mound. He has come in in different stages of games and hasn’t even allowed a hit in 5.2 innings. He has struck out 10, thus making only Josh Lindblom higher this Spring Training.
He could well see himself used out of the bullpen more regularly in 2021, something that he has attempted to nail down with a strong Spring Training campaign.
Freddy Peralta – RP
The same as Garrett Mitchell above, he has to be mentioned again. He had pitched just one inning in that first week, but another 2.2 innings saw seven strikeouts and just two hits allowed, thus bringing his strikeout total to 10 for this Spring Training. The 2021 Milwaukee Brewers will lean on Peralta heavily, making him an integral part of the bullpen. The emphasis on the bullpen will be strong next year in order for the Brewers to nail themselves down as Play-off contenders.
2021 Milwaukee Brewers: Prospect Watch
Other than the standout performances of Garrett Mitchell, there hasn’t been too much happening in terms of prospects. Aaron Ashby could have cemented a more full-time role, but he was assigned to Minor League Camp today, whilst Brice Turang struggled to get himself going.
However, with Spring Training getting closer to finishing, as well as the Top 30 Prospects announced by MLB Pipeline, there could be a few more sightings in the next couple of weeks. Hedbert Perez was the latest one to be given an At-Bat this campaign, facing Trevor Bauer nonetheless. At 17-years-old this shows the trust that the Brewers have in him, and how highly they rate him. The introduction of Jamie Westbrook into the game, as well as Nick Kahle shows their willingness to use some of their prospects to either rest big players or see what they have to offer.
Well, that concludes Part Two of the 2021 Milwaukee Brewers’ Spring Training update. Check back at the end of the month to get a recap of Spring Training and any further standout hitters/pitchers to watch out for come April 1st.
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