Taylor Jungmann has made just five career starts, but he has exceeded every expectation with the Milwaukee Brewers this season. Once thought of as a future ace, many feared that the Brewers’ had no pitching if the rotation saw an injury. Jungmann has not only filled in, but he is showing that he still has what it takes to be a middle of the rotation starter for years to come. By battling each time out against some of the leagues’ best, Jungmann is our Brewers’ June Pitcher of the Month.
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Jungmann’s numbers to start the year in Colorado Springs were not pretty. Through 11 games (nine starts) Jungmann posted a 6.47 ERA with a 1.571 WHIP and as he averaged 4.4 walks per nine innings. He looked more like the pitcher who had struggled for much of his minor league career, than a pitcher who looked ready for a promotion.
But since his call-up, Jungmann has shown that he was more than ready for a promotion. In his five starts in the big leagues, he has taken on the likes of Francisco Liriano, Max Scherzer, Jacob deGrom and Cole Hamels and he has not backed down. Instead, Jungmann has kept the Brewers in the game with every start. In 29 innings pitched he has a 2.79 ERA and a 1.207 WHIP. While he has still struggled with wildness at times (eight walks and five hit batters) he has been able to maintain a 2.5 walks-per nine inning average, which is much better than much of his minor league career.
Jungmann still has a long way to go as a major leaguer, but his start could not be much better. He has battled the best and earned his stripes throughout this first month. His first month has shown he has what it takes to win at this level. Now after being pitcher of the month, his next role is to continue to prove that he can be a major piece of the Brewers rotation in the future.