When the Milwaukee Brewers traded Carlos Gomez and Mike Fiers, they got a lot of talent in return. Not only were they able to get two star-outfield prospects, but they also got left handed pitcher Josh Hader and righty Adrian Houser.
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While many first felt that Houser was simply a throw-in, he is proving to be much more. After a very successful start in the with the Brewers, Houser is looking more and more like a pitcher that can make an impact in Milwaukee. Here is a look at why he is ranked as our 17th best prospect in the Brewers’ system.
Since coming to the organization and joining the Biloxi Shuckers’ staff, things have really clicked for Houser. In seven starts with the Shuckers, he went four and one with a 2.92 ERA. While he has had trouble with control at times in his minor league career before coming Biloxi, he showed great command in these starts, walking just six batters in 37 innings of work. He even pitched well enough to earn an end of season promotion to Milwaukee, where he pitched two scoreless innings.
Houser’s best start of the minor league season came in the playoffs with the Shuckers. In that start, Houser threw a complete game shutout walking no one and throwing only 99-pitches.
Houser throws in the low to mid-90’s and works a lot of ground balls that is perfect for a future in Miller Park. Pitching in the Arizona Fall League, he is again showing that he is not a pitcher to simply overlook. After starting on opening day, Houser has been one of the Saguaros best pitchers. In 19 innings, Houser has a 2.37 ERA with a 1.16 WHIP. He had his best start his last time out, throwing five shutout innings in victory.
He doesn’t rank high on prospect lists and he was looked at as the fourth best player acquired in the trade, but that won’t stop Houser from being an important piece to the Brewers’ future. With each time out this fall he has been receiving praises and if he continues to build his command, he will show that he is much more than just an afterthought.