It has been a very different year for Tyler Wagner. First he was able to open eyes in his first ever spring camp with the Milwaukee Brewers. Then he dealt with baseball’s longest road-trip, as the season began with the Biloxi Shuckers. Later, Wagner was so successful that he was called up to Milwaukee for a spot start in the major leagues.
Though he was sent down the next day, Wagner has done nothing to hurt his chances of being a staple on future Brewers’ teams. While his name is often not the first (or even the second) most mentioned when Brewers pitching prospects are discussed, Wagner has simply continued to impress like he has done each day in his professional career.
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Every year in the Brewers’ system, the converted start has been excellent. Throughout his first two full minor league seasons, Wagner was able to be among the top ten in ERA. After a season in which he had a 1.81 ERA in the Florida State League last year, it can even be argued that this season in Biloxi has been even better.
So far this year Wagner is 7-5 with a 2.53 ERA (which is good enough for fifth in the league) and he could have a much better record were he to have gotten better run support. He also has a 1.15 WHIP, which is good enough to tie for seventh in the league. While he isn’t know for strikeouts, he was able to set a franchise record in Friday night’s start as he struck out 11 opposing batters.
Wagner may not get the recognition that would be expected with his numbers, but he certainly deserves it. While he is not a top-100 prospect in baseball, his career minor league numbers speak for itself. Each time he gets the ball Wagner has looked good and I expect nothing to change when the 24-year-old is able to earn his spot in the middle of the Brewers’ rotation.