The Milwaukee Brewers will likely always rely somewhat on players bouncing back after down years. As a team that will never spend big money on free agents, they will need players to be consistent from year to year. If someone has a down year, the front office likely will be slow to move on from them in order to maintain a payroll figure more to their liking. One player that had a down year in 2022 was infielder Luis Urias. With Kolten Wong sent to the Mariners via trade and Jace Peterson gone via free agency, Urias will likely get a great deal of playing time in 2023. One baseball writer, though, thinks that this increased playing time will lead to big things for Urias and the Brewers.
Milwaukee Brewers Infielder Luis Urias Will Explode in 2023
Joel Reuter of Bleacher Report made a list of 10 Major League players that he believes are underrated and will explode in 2023. Urias was ninth on his list. Of Urias, Reuter wrote:
“Luis Urías had an under-the-radar breakout season in 2021, posting a 112 OPS+ with 25 doubles, 23 home runs and 75 RBI with 3.1 WAR in 150 games in his first full season in the big leagues.
“He missed the first month of the 2022 season with a quad strain, but he put up similar numbers once he got healthy with a 110 OPS+ and 16 home runs in 119 games for a Milwaukee Brewers team that fell just short of reaching the postseason.
“His ability to handle second base and third base gives the Brewers some flexibility this spring as they take a long look at top prospect Brice Turang at second base and reclamation project Brian Anderson at third base.
“The additions of William Contreras and Jesse Winker could mean he has more RBI opportunities hitting toward the bottom of the lineup, and a more balanced attack could also mean more pitches for him to hit.”
Before Urias got hurt last Spring Training, many believed that he would become the Brewers’ starting third baseman in 2022. Of the 119 games that Urias did play, he appeared at third base in 73 of them.
Interesting Luis Urias Batting Stats from 2022
- Hit .269/.348/.403 with three home runs and 10 RBI against left-handed pitching
- Urias hit much better at home (.273/.382/.417) than on the road (.210/.292/.393)
- In the Brewers failed push for the postseason in September, Urias hit .328/.416/.508
- Played third base, second base, and short stop, but hit best as a second baseman (.266/.341/.425)
- Appeared in all spots of the batting order except third; hit best as the number five hitter (.271/.383/.563)
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When Did the Brewers Come to Milwaukee?
The Brewers were founded in 1969 as the Seattle Pilots as part of the American League (AL). After one season, the team relocated to Milwaukee. The Brewers joined the National League (NL) in 1998.
How Did the Brewers Get Their Name?
The Brewers’ name dates back to the early 1900s, originally held by a professional franchise that relocated to become the St.Louis Browns. It honors the beer-brewing industry in and around Milwaukee.
Will the Brewers Win the 2023 World Series?
Sportsbooks have the Brewers at 4000-1 to win the World Series. This is the 14th-best odds among MLB teams. It’s not impossible with players like Christian Yelich, but the odds aren’t in their favor.