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  • 2023 Brewers Farm System Positional Preview: Right Field

    Harold Hutchison

    When it comes to right field, the Brewers are not as shallow as they are in left field or at third base. Then again, given how in practicality, the Brewers are not shallow at those positions, their situation in right field is quite good, even if it’s not as good as center field.

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    In this case, the curve gets blown by the presence of a Top 100 prospect from the post-2022 MLB.com and Baseball Prospectus lists. Let’s look at this position a little more.

    AAA Nashville
    Joey Wiemer will likely be the Opening Day right fielder for the Nashville Sounds. That said, he could end up in right field for the Brewers by the end of the season. The exact timing will depend on Tyrone Taylor, Brian Anderson, and Blake Perkins, to a large degree, between disabled list stints and performance. Once Wiemer is up, non-roster invitee Tyler Naquin will likely take over in Nashville unless Tristen Lutz forces the issue.

    AA Biloxi
    Lutz will likely see some time in right field, along with Joe Gray Jr. and Je’Von Ward. The former’s question marks come from a sub-Uecker line batting average in Wisconsin, while the latter only saw the field for nine games in the Arizona Fall League, where he was a walks machine and flashed some power. Not a bad situation for the Shuckers, who may also see some help from utility player Noah Campbell.

    A+ Wisconsin
    If he isn’t promoted to AA, Gray will compete with Hendry Mendez for the right field job in Wisconsin. Gray’s batting average issues are apparent. For Mendez, the big question is whether he will figure out how to maximize the power potential. Hedbert Perez and Arbert Cipion, who tended to spend more time in left and center fields, will also compete for playing time.

    A Carolina
    Luis Castillo may be a top contender for left field, but he did get the most starts for the ACL Brewers Gold in right field. He will face competition from Eduarqui Fernandez, the top right fielder for the ACL Brewers Blue. Both put up solid performances in the ACL and will see some competition from Kaylan Nicasa (also a center fielder) and Luis Medina (also a left fielder).

    Rookie Leagues
    Duncan Garcia will be the front-runner to be the top right fielder for the Brewers’ lone team in the ACL in 2023, while Jose Gonzalez and Irving Igualas will also compete for playing time. Yeison Perez also saw some action in right field for the DSL Brewers 1 team but may be kept at first base. The DSL teams for the Brewers will likely be starting players from this January’s signing class.

    Wiemer will likely be starting for the Brewers for a few years, but there is a lot of other talent in Mendez, Hedbert Perez, Castillo, Fernandez, Garcia, and even Yeison Perez. Given the wealth of talent at that position, this does not account for any displaced center fielders, either. In other words, there are many ways that the right field could go right for the Brewers in the future.

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