First base may often seem like an easy position to find someone to play – and the Brewers have received some good performances in the past from signings that didn’t generate a lot of waves: Eric Thames from the Korean Baseball Organization, the acquisition of Tellez, and even the pickup of Jesus Aguilar via waivers.
But the best option is to develop from the minors. Who might emerge from the farm to be the next home-grown mainstay at first?
2023 NRIs Jon Singleton and Luke Voit will likely be the primary options in Nashville. Both have major-league experience, and Voit did win the 2020 AL home run crown. Neither are young, and Singleton’s MLB track record is a three true outcome bat that struggles to reach the Bob Uecker line. If the Brewers see either of them in Milwaukee for an extended period, they could be in big trouble.
Ernesto Martinez is an under-the-radar prospect with power potential and good on-base skills. In 2021, he broke out, adding speed and showing the ability to play some outfield. The biggest question is if he can stay healthy. Wes Clarke, while a catcher, also saw a bit of time at first base, and with Darrien Miller and Jeferson Quero a potential 1-2 punch there, he may be moved to first if Martinez spends time on the injured list.
Jesus Chirinos, like Martinez, has quietly flashed real offensive potential. Beyond that, Australian Alex Hall saw limited action at first base in Wisconsin, while Luis Silva backed up Chirinos in Carolina in 2022. Here, Timber Rattler fans must believe in Jesus to continue his development.
Quinton Low, Jesus Parra, and Branlyn Jaraba will likely split time between first base and DH for the Mudcats, who will have depth here, thanks to the fact the Brewers had two teams with the Arizona Complex League in 2022. Low will likely see the bulk of playing time for the
Yeison Perez and Arnys Rodriguez got most of the time at the DSL Brewers 2 and 1 teams, respectively. Perez performed very well offensively, while Rodriguez posted a .360 OBP due to a superb walk rate. While primarily catchers, Edgardo Ordonez and Eric Martinez saw time at first base in 2022. As with a catcher, having only one ACL team will make the competition fierce.
At AAA, the Brewers are banking on some folks whose MLB track records show potential and big questions. But at AA and below, the Brewers could have multiple options, which could be long-term answers at the position for Milwaukee, even if many of them have to prove a few things.
Think you could write a story like this? Brewer Fanatic wants you to develop your voice, find an audience, and we'll pay you to do it. Just fill out this form.
MORE FROM BREWER FANATIC
— Latest Brewers coverage from our writers
— Recent Brewers discussion in our forums
— Follow Brewer Fanatic via Twitter, Facebook or email
Join the conversation
You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.