With the new season just a matter of days away, the 2021 Milwaukee Brewers have drawn their Spring Training to a close after facing the Texas Rangers. There have been two previous articles on their Spring Training updates, the second of the two found here.
2021 Milwaukee Brewers: Results Overview
The Brewers have completed 29 games, their first coming just over a month ago. There has been steady progress but there have also been some key highlights from those games. Since the previous update, they have played 13 games to conclude their Spring Training.
Angels 3 Brewers 2
Brewers 9 D-Backs 3
Kolten Wong HR, Billy McKinney HR, Billy McKinney 3-run HR
Reds 1 Brewers 4
Omar Narvaez 2-run HR
Brewers 1 Mariners 3
Indians 3 Brewers 6
Brewers 9 Dodgers 6
Brewers 8 Rockies 9
Kolten Wong HR, Christian Yelich Grand Slam HR, Travis Shaw 2-run HR
Giants 2 Brewers 2
Brewers 5 White Sox 7
Keston Hiura HR
Royals 6 Brewers 6
Lorenzo Cain HR
Brewers 7 Reds 1
Avisail Garcia 3-run HR
Rangers 0 Brewers 4
Rangers 3 Brewers 6
Kolten Wong 2-run HR
After a heavy round of fixtures, there have been many positives to come from the results. Wong’s homers, plus Vogelbach’s first of the Spring, would have been important pluses for the Brewers moving into the Opening Day of the season. They also finished off with an unbeaten streak of four, including three wins.
2021 Milwaukee Brewers: Four Standout Hitters
Throughout the Spring we have looked at the Standout Hitters in each off-day, however reaching the conclusion of the season, we look at the four hitters that have shone over the course of the Spring. These include the highest of each stat, plus honorable mentions for the most exciting hitters this Spring Training.
Keston Hiura, Billy McKinney, Avisail Garcia, Kolten Wong – 4
Three of these hitters were not expected to have such an impressive Spring Training as they did, but they all have points to prove heading into the Regular Season. Hiura needs a comeback after his poor year last year, whilst Garcia and McKinney are heading into a tough outfield battle in regards to who will start. They all have proved their worth to the team moving into the 2021 campaign. Kolten Wong has introduced himself to the Brewers’ faithful with some impressive home runs after his move from the Cardinals.
Avisail Garcia – 13
One of the standout hitters of Spring Training, Garcia has done nothing but be consistent with his hitting. He finished joint-1st with home runs, whilst also leading in RBIs. There were question marks over who would be in the starting outfield come April 1st but Garcia has stamped his mark and gave the Brewers something to think about.
Christian Yelich – .393
Okay, technically it was Mario Feliciano after he averaged .429, but he had just 14 at-bats this Spring Training. Yelich’s 28 at-bats show that he looks to have regained some of the form that made him finish 2nd in the MVP vote a couple of years ago. He looked more composed at the plate, plus he two doubles, a triple, three homers, and eight RBIs. A solid Spring Training was required if he was to have a better 2021.
All three guys had impressive Spring Trainings. Mitchell showed that he has the potential to be a star in the future for the Brewers with an average of .379 and six RBIs, whilst Pina and Urias were consistent at the plate. Pina finished with an average of .385, whilst Urias had an average of .314. Both picked up home runs, whilst having quite a low amount of strikeouts.
2021 Milwaukee Brewers: Four Standout Pitchers
As before, we have only looked at three pitchers previously, but these are the pitchers that have done well in Spring Training and will be looking for varying degrees of roles come Opening Day. These are the pitchers with the best record in each stat, plus honorable mentions for other standout guys.
Corbin Burnes – 3
Talked heavily in the off-season about what he could achieve in 2021 with the Brewers, Burnes picked up where he left off in 2020. Picked to start in the second match of the Twins Opening Home Series, he will want to continue his fine Spring Training form and potentially be a key component of the 2021 Milwaukee Brewers’ success.
Hoby Milner, Angel Perdomo – 0.00
This is another one based on technicalities. Milner and Perdomo combined for 12.1 innings in Spring Training, allowing just four hits and no runs. They also have picked up 20 strikeouts between them, making them interesting candidates to join the 2021 Milwaukee Brewers’ roster permanently. Perdomo is touted to be joining AAA, whilst Milner was a non-roster invitee.
Corbin Burnes – 26
It was always going to be the case. His stuff is on fire at times, whilst his consistency at pounding the strike zone has been impressive. With 26 Ks in 16.1 innings, he is certainly showing off his high strikeout rate, something the 2021 Milwaukee Brewers will be hoping for more of.
All 3 of the relievers had positive Spring Trainings. Peralta struck out 23 in just 13.2 innings, whilst Feyereisen and Suter had ERAs of 0.93 and 1.74 respectively. Feyereisen was more clinical with his strikeouts, whilst Suter picked up a win. All of these guys will be key components of the 2021 Milwaukee Brewers’ bullpen.
2021 Milwaukee Brewers: Prospect Watch
With Spring Training drawing to a close, the prospects seen previously will be sent to various affiliates to continue their development in 2021. However, these guys have stood out this Summer, and have staked their claims for a more permanent role in the future:
Aaron Ashby – SP
Okay, he only pitched 2.2 innings, but he struck out seven hitters in that short spell. This may not be significant this Summer, but Ashby has the potential to be involved with the Major League roster in the next couple of years. His stuff has plenty of bite, and he has made solid development since being drafted in 2018.
Garrett Mitchell – OF
I can’t stop speaking about this guy. He had a solid Spring Training at the plate, but he also looked at home with everything that he did. One of the brightest sparks of ST, the Brewers have a gem hiding in their farm system. Drafted in 2020, Mitchell has the potential to be a future star for the Brewers.
Tyrone Taylor – OF
The battle for the thrww outfield positions on April 1st has been hot. Yelich, Garcia, and McKinney have produced whilst the acquisition of Jackie Bradley Jr. and the re-emergence of Lorenzo Cain makes the outfield stacked. However, that has not deterred either Mitchell or Taylor. Averaging .293 with two homers and four RBIs, he has certainly staked his claim of making appearances in the Majors at some point in 2021.
2021 Milwaukee Brewers: Revised Projected Opening Day Roster
With Spring Training complete, the Brewers now have an off-day before their season opener against the Minnesota Twins. We have delved into what the Opening Day roster could be previously, but that could alter slightly come April 1st. This is how the Brewers could shape up come Opening Day.
- Kolten Wong 2B
- Keston Hiura 1B
- Christian Yelich LF
- Avisail Garcia CF
- Jackie Bradley JR. RF
- Omar Narvaez C
- Orlando Arcia 3B
- Luis Urias SS
- Brandon Woodruff P
There are many different options for various positions that could be changed come Opening Day. Travis Shaw could play either of the hot corners, whilst Lorenzo Cain is pushing to start in the outfield. Billy McKinney has been impressive, whilst Daniel Vogelbach will be hoping to slip in somewhere.
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