Being a pitcher in the major leagues takes a short memory. Pitchers cannot just sit around and mope when things do not go there way because they need to get back out their for their next outing or their next start. Sometimes it just is not your day.
Every major league pitcher has times when things just do not go right and they simply cannot buy an out. Matt Garza had an outing last year in Washington on July 19th when he allowed five earned runs in just one-third of an inning. That shaky outing for Milwaukee Brewers’ pitching prospect, Taylor Jungmann, came on Sunday. He was tattooed for seven runs, while walking four and only getting one out in beating at the hands of the Texas Rangers.
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Though it wasn’t the prettiest of innings, Jungmann came back on Wednesday and showed that he has a short memory. He allowed two hits to in the Royals seventh, but he was able to move on from his rough start and put together a clean inning of work.
Rebounding like this will be critical to the development of the 25-year-old Jungmann all year long. He has never pitched in the big leagues, but after a strong 2014, he is lined-up as the next man up if injury is to happen in the Brewers’ rotation. Being able to put this outing behind him is a great sign of maturity as he moves forward to a big 2015.
Like every pitcher, there will be days like Sunday again at some point for Jungmann but his Wednesday outing showed his mental toughness. In a spring with plenty to prove, Jungmann’s just getting started. Though he is not viewed as a top-prospect around baseball, I recently wrote about how he is the most underrated prospect in the entire Brewers’ system. In 2014 he showed a glimpse of why he was so highly touted out of the University of Texas and his growth development at the start of spring, as reported by MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy is great reason to believe that bigger and better things are to come for the young right hander.