Cleveland Guardians: Is there a spot for Will Brennan in the majors in 2023?
The Cleveland Guardians are loaded with farm system talent. Whether it's Triple-A or Single-A, the Guardians front office has a lot of upcoming players to keep their eyes on.
At one point in time, outfielder Will Brennan was one of those farm system pieces, except he made himself known and separated himself from those around him. With incredible hitting consistencies, intense energy, and a competitive persona, he made his way from Double-A to the majors within the 2022 MLB season.
While with the Double-A Akron RubberDucks, he was lethal in the batter's box. In 135 at-bats he clobbered 42 hits, 12 doubles, four home runs, one triple, and 39 RBIs. While he may not have the most eye-popping power, his RBI total showcases that he can still drive in runs with his bat-to-ball skills.
After slashing .311/.382/.504 in Double-A, he would get his shot with the Triple-A Columbus Clippers.
Making the jump to another level of baseball would normally affect most athletes, but Brennan isn't like most athletes.
From the jump in Triple-A, he dominated and cranked home run after home run, finishing his stint with the Clippers with a total of nine. Outside of home runs, his success continued as he slashed .316/.367/.471 to go alongside 68 RBIs.
After seeing how well he did in the minors, the Guardians' front office had enough and decided to give him his shot in the majors as the major-league season came to a close.
On Sept. 21, 2022, Brennan would get his shot in the majors as he would be called up from Columbus to the Guardians. In just 11 games, he recorded 42 at-bats to go alongside 15 hits, eight RBIs, and one triple, double, and home run.
Even though he played in just 11 games, he made an impact in late September when the Guardians needed it. His slashing percentages carried up from the minors as well as he slashed .357/.400/.500.
In the majors, he also tried out a variety of roles in left field, center field, right field, and designated hitter to give the Guardians' front office the best opportunity to have him succeed. In those positions, he succeeded, recording a perfect fielding percentage, converting on all 17 opportunities he had to put out opponents.
With that being said, does Will Brennan have a chance to remain in the majors in 2023?
While he thrived in the minors and during his short stint in the majors, the Cleveland Guardians' front office has been confusing when it comes to their farm system talent. Earlier in the season, Triple-A stud Nolan Jones was called up to the majors to give some much-needed release to a roster that had its ups and downs. Jones was able to provide that relief, but before long he was sent down to the minors once again before being traded to the Rockies this offseason.
The Guardians are a team that loves their farm system, but oftentimes has strict ideologies set in place that tend to restrict minor leaguers from growing in the majors. Will Benson, Tyler Freeman, and Jones are prime examples of players who have the potential to take a step forward in the majors if the opportunity presents itself.
With Brennan, though, the Guardians were not afraid to throw him into the outfield to see what he can accomplish. If you watch this team closely it looks like the Guardians might begin to have a short leash with center fielder Myles Straw. If Brennan does have a chance in the majors in 2023 it will come from the center field position or as a designated hitter.
As we have seen in previous years, including the 2022 season, injuries can affect a team and that could be a prime opportunity for Brennan to step into a larger spotlight. If I had to predict, Brennan will start off his season in the majors, and if the opportunities are not aligning he will head down to Triple-A for a moment to stay fresh and get regular at-bats.
He has immense hitting talent, incredible fielding abilities, and an energy that is notable in every crack and crevice of the field, so expect to see Brennan display these qualities next year, whether it's in the majors or minors.