Milwaukee Brewers: Who is their biggest trade chip?
4. Brandon Woodruff
Brandon Woodruff actually posted better numbers in 2018 than Peralta, and was a key part of the Milwaukee Brewers pitching staff in the post season. He was originally projected as a starter in the Opening Day rotation, but early season struggles saw Woodruff return to Colorado Springs early in the season.
Woodruff posted a 3.61 ERA in 42 1/3 innings at the Major League level in 2018. He struck out 47, walked 17, and was tagged for four homers. He also worked 12 1/3 innings in the post season, and managed a 2.91 ERA.
He’ll turn 26 before the start of the 2019 season, but his repertoire is a bit more complete than Peralta’s. He has a solid fastball/breaking ball combo, but he also has offspeed pitches he can mix in. Woodruff has a starter’s frame and average over 95 MPH on his fastball in 2018. He’s also pre-arbitration for the next two years, and won’t become a free agent until after the 2023 season.
While Woodruff won’t fetch an elite starting pitcher in a 1:1 trade, he could work as the centerpiece of a deal for a solid starting pitcher or MLB-ready infielder.