Milwaukee Brewers’ pitching prospect, Tyler Wagner, isn’t highly touted. He isn’t found on any top-100 prospect rankings, but since his professional career began, he has been excellent. Off to another awesome start, Wagner is the best pitcher that no one knows about.
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Currently ranked as the 11th best prospect in the organization according to MLB.com, Wagner has done nothing but excel at every minor league level. When he was first drafted by the Brewers in the fourth round of the 2012 draft, many thought Wagner would continue to pitch out of the bullpen as he did as the closer at Utah. But he has exceeded every expectation as a starter so far in the Brewers system.
While he struggled as a rookie pitching for Helena, he has been highly impressive since. During his first full-season in 2013, Wagner finished eighth in the Midwest League in ERA. Then last season he was even better, finishing second in the Florida State League with a 1.86 ERA, trailing only the Pittsburgh Pirates star rookie, Tyler Glasnow for the league lead.
Now pitching for the Biloxi Shuckers, the 24-year-old right hander has continued to be great. Through three starts, Wagner is a perfect 3-0 with an awesome 1.59 ERA. He has also kept runners off base with ease time out owning a 1.00 WHIP.
Not only are these numbers impressive, but his walk rate has continued to improve as well. During his first professional season, command was major issue but he has greatly improved since. This season he is not only averaging just 1.9 walks per nine innings, but he also has a three to one strikeout to walk ratio.
The Shuckers are full of prospects, but Wagner has proven that he cannot be overlooked. When many conversations are made about the future rotations in Milwaukee, Wagner’s name is often left out, but he is proving with each start that he will be a major part of the future in Milwaukee.