Just a year ago being mentioned in the Milwaukee Brewers’ top-30 prospect list wasn’t really a big deal. But with the organization now full of prospects, being mentioned matters. With Domingo Santana graduating from MLB.com’s prospect list this week, Brevard County Manatee pitcher, Brandon Woodruff has been added. Here is a look at the 22-year-old right hander.
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The Brewers selected Woodruff in the 11th round of the 2014 and in his two years as a professional, he has flashed plenty of potential. Last season, playing in Helena he with a 3.28 ERA and this season he was just as good.
Though he struggled out of the gates (going 1-2 with a 6.68 ERA in his first four starts) he continued to improve as the season progressed. His best month came in August as he went 3-1 with a 0.61 ERA in five appearances (four starts). During this month he allowed just two earned runs in just under 30 innings, while striking out 26 and putting together a 0.987 WHIP. By putting together a solid finish, he was able to close the year with a 3.45 ERA.
By joining the list, Woodruff surprisingly beat out Brevard Country teammates, Jorge Ortega and Cy Sneed, both of whom were not only among the Florida State League’s best pitchers, but two pitchers who I feel are vastly underrated in the Brewers’ system.
While Woodruff is starting now, with the wealth of options throughout the system in front of him, I picture him as a future bullpen arm in Milwaukee. As a ground-ball machine, he could be a perfect future option in the middle innings.