Here's what to know ahead of Spring Training

February 9th, 2024

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MILWAUKEE -- The Pat Murphy era is about to begin as the new Brewers manager takes the helm at American Family Fields of Phoenix.

Here’s everything you need to know about the run-up to Opening Day:

When is the first workout for pitchers and catchers?

Pitchers and catchers report to camp on Wednesday, but that report date isn’t what it used to be since it’s now taken up by physical exams. The first official workout is Thursday.

What is the date of the first full-squad workout?

Tuesday, Feb. 20

Where is the team’s facility?

American Family Fields of Phoenix is located at 3805 N. 53rd Ave. in Phoenix.

Can fans attend workouts?

Yes. Many days, fans can get right up to the fence to watch pitchers warm up, defenders go through drills and hitters take their swings.

Who are some new faces fans should know?

Milwaukee's biggest offseason addition was Rhys Hoskins, who fits the roster as a right-handed power hitter and first baseman. The biggest variable for Hoskins, who turns 31 in March, is health after he missed last season with a torn left ACL.

Two other notable newcomers come to the Brewers from the Orioles by way of a February blockbuster. In return for ace Corbin Burnes, Milwaukee landed the electric fastball of left-hander DL Hall, who could pitch as a starter or reliever, and the defensive wizardry of Joey Ortiz, who may be a candidate to man third base. In the long-term, Ortiz could be Milwaukee’s future shortstop.

Among the other newcomers with a chance to impact the club are starter Joe Ross; relievers Taylor Clarke and Bryan Hudson; catchers Gary Sánchez, Eric Haase and Austin Nola (non-roster invitee); second baseman Oliver Dunn; and first baseman Jake Bauers. Those players may not be household names, but the Brewers have done a good job in recent years of getting production from the depth pieces.

To that end, it’s worth brushing up on the Brewers’ non-roster invitees. If history is a guide, a handful of them will wind up playing a supporting role on the Major League club.

Who are some of the top prospects invited to Major League camp?

It’s difficult to remember a Spring Training with so many top prospects in the mix. The list starts with Jackson Chourio, the No. 2 overall prospect in baseball, per MLB Pipeline, who has a head start on winning the center field job after signing an $82 million contract in December before playing a single Major League game. Joining Chourio will be catcher Jeferson Quero (MIL No. 2), right-hander Jacob Misiorowski (MIL No. 3), corner infielder Tyler Black (MIL No. 4) and Ortiz (MIL No. 5), all of whom are Top 100 prospects per MLB Pipeline. Also in camp will be left-hander Robert Gasser (MIL No. 6), right-hander Carlos F. Rodriguez (MIL No. 7), third baseman Brock Wilken (MIL No. 8), Dunn (MIL No. 24) and catcher Wes Clarke (MIL No. 30).

When is the team’s first Cactus League game?

The Brewers open the Cactus League slate in Peoria, Ariz., against the Padres on Saturday, Feb. 24. The “home” opener is on Feb. 25 against the Rockies at American Family Fields of Phoenix.

What are a few other notable spring games?

The Brewers meet Craig Counsell and the Cubs twice during Spring Training, first on Feb. 28 in Phoenix, then twice on the road in Mesa, Ariz., on March 12 and March 23.

The farthest road trip of the spring takes a Brewers split squad all the way to Las Vegas for a pair of games against the A’s on March 8 and 9. If you’re traveling to Arizona that weekend, don’t worry. The Brewers will have a pair of split-squad games at home against the A's on March 8 and the Mariners on March 9.

What is Spring Breakout and when is the game?

MLB Spring Breakout is a four-day event showcasing baseball’s future -- the current stars of Minor League Baseball. A series of 16 exhibition games will be played between teams comprised of each organization’s top 20-25 prospects, creating a new touchpoint on the baseball calendar.

The Brewers’ inaugural Spring Breakout opponent is the Royals. The teams will play a doubleheader at Surprise Stadium on Sunday, March 17, the Spring Breakout game coming first followed by a traditional Cactus League game. Tickets are on sale now.

Will the team’s games be televised?

Yes, select games will be televised. The spring broadcast schedule, including TV games, radio and webcast, is typically released just before the start of games.

When is the club’s last game in Arizona?

The Brewers close their Cactus League schedule on Tuesday, March 26, against the Rockies in Scottsdale, Ariz., then fly to New York ahead of Opening Day.

What are the details for Opening Day?

The Brewers meet the Mets on Thursday, March 28, with a first pitch scheduled for 12:10 p.m. CT. Milwaukee is off on March 29, then the series continues March 30 and 31 before the club heads home to host the Twins for the home opener on April 2.