The day has finally arrived. Though I first expected this to happen much earlier, Taylor Jungmann is set to make his MLB, debut tonight for the Milwaukee Brewers. While he no longer has the look of a top of the rotation starter like he was expected to be here is a look at what the Brewers can expect and why I still see him as a valuable piece to the Brewers future.
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Though Jungmann struggled at the start of his minor league career, last season a tweak in his delivery helped to make things click at the AA level. In 28 appearances last season (27 starts) Jungmann finished a combined 12-10 with a 3.57 ERA. These strong numbers also included a miniscule home run rate of 0.6 per nine inning and a career best 1.30 WHIP.
While Jungmann has the ability to strike hitters out, his game is centered around getting ground balls outs and throwing strikes. When he runs into trouble it is often because he is struggling to find the strike zone. As a major league starter he will need to improve on his 3.7 walks per nine inning rate that he has shown so far in the minor leagues.
This season Jungmann’s numbers have not been as good as hoped. Currently while pitching at Colorado Springs, he has a 2-3 record with a 6.37 ERA. After a horrendous April in which his WHIP was over two, Jungmann has been much improved as of late.
It will be a difficult match-up to start his career as Jungmann is set to face Francisco Liriano and the Pittsburgh Pirates in his first career start. No longer seen as a top-10 prospect in the system, I believe that Jungmann will a solid middle of the rotation arm for years to come in Milwaukee.