Regardless of how many pitchers are in the rotation, it would be foolish not to have Brandon Woodruff in it. He has the potential to grow into a solid number three in the Milwaukee Brewers future rotation, and he proved enough last year to get another look.
The few games that Woodruff threw at the MLB level in 2017 show an ERA close to five. But he came out of the gate throwing very well. He gave up four runs through his first four games. After that, things went downhill. It is still worth giving the number 96 overall prospect the chance to shine.
In a six man rotation, Woodruff would be a mortal lock for a slot. Even in a five man rotation, he should be in it. But, if he is not, it will not be long until he is back to pitching in Miller Park. If he can avoid the downhill slide that he encountered that started against the Pirates in his fifth MLB appearance.
This rookie eligible pitcher is far away from being considered a lock for the rotation. But, he is still in the mix for the five man rotation, so he would also be in this mix as well. It might be a long shot for Aaron Wilkerson, however all it takes is a chance.
His MLB career spans three games where he threw for a 3.48 ERA in 10 innings. In the last game of the 2017 season, Wilkerson threw a gem. He lasted seven innings, giving up only two hits against the St. Louis Cardinals. He will have to continue to remain competitive to have a chance at either a five or six man rotation.
Wilkerson would benefit from an extra slot because it gives him an extra chance to make the Milwaukee Brewers roster out of Spring Training. Either way, it does not seem as if the righty will start 2018 with the Crew.