Milwaukee Brewers: 4 Pitchers who could break out in 2019

MILWAUKEE, WI - OCTOBER 05: Josh Hader #71 of the Milwaukee Brewers pitches in the seventh inning of Game Two of the National League Division Series against the Colorado Rockies at Miller Park on October 5, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - OCTOBER 05: Josh Hader #71 of the Milwaukee Brewers pitches in the seventh inning of Game Two of the National League Division Series against the Colorado Rockies at Miller Park on October 5, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /
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Aaron Ashby

Whoever said the Milwaukee Brewers don’t have any capable lefties hasn’t seen Aaron Ashby. The Brewers drafted Ashby in the fourth round last year, and he looks a lot like the next draftee to continue rocket through the system.

Ashby tossed 57 2/3 innings across two levels of the Milwaukee Brewers system last year. He posted a 3.59 ERA with 66 strikeouts and 17 walks between Rookie ball and Low-A. Ashby ended last year with a 2.17 ERA in seven starts in Low-A. He could pickup where he left off last year, but he should get promoted to High-A if his success continues.

Ashby boasts a solid arsenal that’s headed by a fastball that touches 94 MPH, with a pair of solid breaking balls. He also has a change-up that could become an effective fourth pitch. Ashby needs to work on command, but he clearly has the stuff to handle the lower Minors.

The Milwaukee Brewers have shown to be aggressive in promoting high draft picks, and it’s not out of the question for Ashby to end the year in Double-A. If that happens, he’ll be a top-five prospect heading into 2020, and then the hype train will really start to gain steam.