Milwaukee Brewers: Tyler Wagner Gets Rotation Nod

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This season I have learned to expect the unexpected from the Milwaukee Brewers good or bad. Heading into the season, I never saw this team playing as bad as they are now. After winning their first series of the season earlier this year, I never expected to see manager Ron Roenicke let go. And now this, with a spot open in the rotation I did not think that there was even a possibility that Tyler Wagner would get the nod. But since he has been named for the spot, I could not be more thrilled.

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Though he was drafted out of Utah as a closer, Wagner has been excellent throughout his minor league career as a starter. Pitching in parts of four minor league seasons, Wagner has gone 29-19 with a 3.10 ERA in 75 games (72 starts). With a sharp sinker and a tenacity to attack hitters, he has been able to keep the ball in the yard with consistency as shown in his .6 home runs for every nine inning of work average in his minor league career.

Currently Wagner is rated is the team’s 11th best starter according to MLB.com, but he has the ability to be much better. As MLB.com indicated Wagner has been a leader in ERA in each of his minor league seasons, and while pitching at Biloxi this season, he has been just as good. In nine 2015 starts, Wagner has gone 5-1 with a 2.01 ERA. His record deserves to be even better as he has put the Shuckers in position to win each time out.

Earlier in the week I wrote that I thought the Brewers’ should go with Taylor Jungmann with the open spot, but I couldn’t be more excited with the choice of Wagner. The 24-year-old stater will be a fun one to watch the rest of the way out as he looks to prove himself at the highest level.

Of all the pitchers in the system, Wagner has looked like he had what it takes to be the next rotational building block and joining a group of young starters in Jimmy Nelson and Wily Peralta the Brewers’ rotation for 2015 and beyond is looking up.

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