2. Teddy Higuera (1985-1994)
Teddy Higuera was one of the first the Brewers I remember actually seeing at a game. It was right around 1994, so it was near the end of his nine season stint in Milwaukee. At the time, it didn’t register just what a talent we had on that rotation, but hindsight is always 20/20. Even though he was plagued by injuries throughout his career, he managed to start 205 games, 50 of which were complete games and 12 shutouts. He was a deftly talented pitcher and a real key to success during the mid ‘8os. In 1988 he was averaging 6.2 Hits per 9 innings, and led the American League with a WHIP of .999! That’s pretty incredible, and should be enough to get him on this list alone. Lou has more:
Teddy Higuera – The Yankee Killer himself. For a 5 year stretch, from the 1985 season until 1990, there was no one better than Teddy. Higuera was an undrafted free agent from Mexico, Ted went from undrafted to Rookie of the Year in one season. 15-8 with a 3.90 ERA in your rookie season will get you noticed. TYK is in the history books for being the first Mexican-born pitcher to win 20 games in a season. Sadly, his career was cut short due to a horrific list of injuries (back, both ankles, rotator cuff). I try not to think about what might have been… However, Teddy deserves to be in the number 2 spot in our rotation (does not hurt that he is a lefty).