Opening Day is finally here! After a lengthy lockout that threatened to keep baseball from happening, a new CBA was agreed upon and Spring Training began. Now, the Milwaukee Brewers are set to start their season with a four-game series against the Chicago Cubs. Along with 2018 NL MVP Christian Yelich and the defending NL Cy Young Award winner Corbin Burnes, three Brewers players are making their first Opening Day roster in their careers.
Aaron Ashby- LHP
Aaron Ashby is making his first Opening Day roster after ending the regular season with the Milwaukee Brewers. The left-handed pitcher, according to Craig Counsell, will be used as a starter and a reliever. Last season, Ashby went 3-2 with a 4.55 ERA and 1.17 WHIP. He also struck out 39 batters in just over 31 innings.
Jake Cousins- RHP
Jake Cousins, the cousin of the Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, was one of the Brewers best relievers last season. He became the 10th MLB player ever to begin his Major League career with at least 16 scoreless appearances. Cousins ended the season with 30 appearances, a 2.70 ERA and 1.17 WHIP. He struck out 44 batters in just 30 innings.
Tyrone Taylor- OF
Tyrone Taylor is making the Opening Day roster for the first time in his career. Given how much he traveled between Nashville and Milwaukee last season, it feels like he was with the team more than he was. In all, Taylor played in 93 games with the Brewers last season. He hit .245/.318/.432 with 12 home runs and 43 RBI. His ability to play all three outfield positions as well as his hot bat this spring has led many to wonder if he should start over Lorenzo Cain.
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