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Milwaukee Brewers: David Goforth Added to Bullpen

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When Wily Peralta was pulled early from his start, it was expected to be just a precaution but that was not the case. With an oblique strain and a disabled list stint in front of him the Brewers have promoted David Goforth from AAA Colorado Springs. Once viewed as a future closer, Goforth will look to pitch his way into the future of the Brewers’ bullpen.

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Currently Goforth is ranked as the 20th best prospect in the Brewers’ organization. He features a power fastball that can get into the mid to upper 90s and strong cutter to go along with his off-speed pitches. In just his second year as a full-time reliever, Goforth has all of the tools to be a future late-inning arm.

Last season pitching in AA Huntsville, Goforth appeared in 64 games and he finished the year with 27 saves and a 3.70 ERA. Though he doesn’t miss a lot of bats, his big time fastball could be a powerful weapon on the major league roster for years to come.

If he is going to be successful at the next level, the one thing that will need to improve is his command. Last year he finished with a four walks per nine innings ratio. To be a successful major league pitcher he needs to find the plate with more consistency.

This season at AAA he is 0-2 with a 3.43 ERA in 21 innings of work. While he has averaged nearly eight strikeouts per nine innings of work, he has average almost five walks. As another arm who can be part of the future it will be interesting to see how the 26-year-old Goforth fares.

The Brewers have yet to make an announcement on who will start in Peralta’s absence, but Michael Blazek looks to be the most likely candidate in the mix of Tyler Thornburg and Taylor Jungmann.

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