Milwaukee Brewers 25-Man Opening Day Roster

By Michael Terrill

The Milwaukee Brewers 25-man opening day roster is set after making a move to send down infielder Brooks Conrad to Class AAA Nashville in favor of first baseman Travis Ishikawa.

Manager Ron Roenicke has decided to keep 12 pitchers, two catchers, six infielders and five outfielders. The following players will be on Milwaukee’s roster come opening day:

Starting Pitchers: RHP Yovani Gallardo, RHP Zack Greinke, RHP Shaun Marcum, LHP Randy Wolf, LHP Chris Narveson.

Relief Pitchers: RHP John Axford (closer), RHP Tim Dillard, RHP Marco Estrada, RHP Kameron Loe, LHP Manny Parra, RHP Francisco Rodriguez (setup), RHP Jose Veras.

Catchers: Jonathan Lucroy, George Kottaras.

Infielders: 1B Mat Gamel, 2B Rickie Weeks, SS Alex Gonzalez, 3B Aramis Ramirez, Cesar Izturis (Utility), 1B Travis Ishikawa.

Outfielders: LF Ryan Braun, CF Nyjer Morgan, RF Corey Hart, OF Carlos Gomez, OF Norichika Aoki.

The batting order has not been completely set as Roenicke has hinted at bringing Lucroy up in the lineup due to his outstanding performance at the plate this spring training. In 53 plate appearances, Lucroy batted .491 with two home runs, 10 RBI, one walk and three strike outs. However, there is a good chance Lucroy will stay eighth in front of the pitcher to get some action going before the top of the order.

Here is a look at a possible batting order for the Brewers this season:

Pitcher spot

Milwaukee will return with one of the best starting rotations in baseball, they beefed up their bullpen in front of the best setup man and closer in the majors and they will continue to have a high-powered offense despite losing Prince Fielder in free agency.

Gallardo and Greinke could both easily win 18-20 games as they are starting to hit their prime while Braun, Weeks and Hart all have the potential to have monster years. Lucroy is starting to come into his own in his second year as the starting catcher while his offensive game is off the charts. The Brewers successfully built another contender and as long as they stay healthy there is no reason why they should not be in the mix come October.

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