The Milwaukee Brewers definitely had their struggles in the bullpen this season. Brent Suter, who we’ll be discussing in this article, who was out for most of the 2019 season.
After being out for the second half of the 2018 season due to Tommy John surgery, LHP Brent Suter came back into the 2019 season in September to help lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a second straight postseason berth.
He was only back for a month, but he made a huge impact in a short amount of time.
Season Grade: A
It’s no surprise that Suter receives an A for his return on the mound this season. Going 4-0 with a 0.49 ERA, although he had minimal appearances upon returning after a career changing surgery, Suter delivered as if he never left or had surgery.
It was unclear how Suter was going to perform in a regular season game, as he only threw a handful of innings prior to making a comeback in the bullpen, but he was pitching well in those outings. It’s safe to say that Brent Suter exceeded the expectations of his coaches and the fans.
In the 18 innings he pitched, Suter only allowed one home run, but had 15 strikeouts. He wasn’t medically approved to perform in back-to-back game appearances, but made the most of his chances.
Suter’s quick pace in between pitches is something serves as the base of his success, as Suter could have the next pitch ready in seemingly 5 seconds or less, pounding the strike zone and catching hitters off guard and swinging late despite only an 87 MPH fastball.
Not only is he a great pitcher, but he’s a great person off the field. His ongoing campaign of “#StrikeOutWaste”, where he’s aiming to get everyone on board with being more conscientious about what they eat, how they treat their environment, and how they use plastic. Brent has been known to have a green thumb for quite some time now, his home even has solar panels on the roof, him and his wife don’t eat meat, and he’s known for carrying around his reusable water bottle.
So Brent Suter overall is just an amazing person, so it’s no wonder he receives an A for the season. Even when off the field, he’s everyone’s biggest cheerleader when he’s in the dugout. I’m looking forward to seeing him back in a regular rotation with more appearances on the mound and maybe even help the Brewers get to the 2020 World Series?
After his surgery in 2018, few expected Suter to even be able to pitch in the 2019 season. The fact that he was available and was so dominant for the Milwaukee Brewers in his return, makes 2019 a huge success for the crafty lefty.