Brewers pitching prospect to make MLB debut in front of home crowd on Friday

The youngster was already in Milwaukee with the team before Thursday's game.
Mar 14, 2024; Peoria, Arizona, USA; Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Robert Gasser pitches against
Mar 14, 2024; Peoria, Arizona, USA; Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Robert Gasser pitches against / Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

It may have taken a little bit longer than originally planned, but a Milwaukee Brewers pitching prospect is going to be making his expected 2024 MLB debut on Friday against the rival Cardinals.

Left-hander Robert Gasser will be added to the Brewers roster prior to tomorrow's home game against St. Louis. Curt Hogg of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel mentioned the move on X (formerly Twitter) earlier today and the move was later confirmed by manager Pat Murphy.

Gasser, 24, is the only part of the return from the infamous Josh Hader trade who is still with the Brewers. It is worth noting, however, that another part of that trade, outfielder Esteury Ruiz, was spun around to help acquire stud catcher William Contreras.

After being acquired by the Brewers at that 2022 trade deadline, the team placed him at Double-A for the first time in his career. Before the season was over, he would end up at Triple-A Nashville, where he has been up until his upcoming MLB debut.

Brewers pitching prospect Robert Gasser will make his MLB debut in front of a home crowd on Friday.

The way his season went last year, many Brewers fans felt there was a chance Gasser would make his debut toward the end of 2023. That didn't end up happening, but the southpaw did rack up a 3.79 ERA in 26 games (25 starts) while leading the Triple-A level in strikeouts with 166.

The No. 5 Brewers prospect according to MLB Pipeline would end up getting a long look from the Brewers this spring. Even though winning an Opening Day roster spot out of spring training would be a tough hill to climb, Murphy made it known that it likely would be sooner rather than later that fans would see him pitching on a Major League mound.

While the sooner prediction ended up largely being correct, Gasser's debut could have come even earlier had it not been for injury. Right before camp officially broke for the MLB season, the lefty was diagnosed with a bone spur in his throwing elbow, putting him on the IL for the first few weeks of the season.

Gasser returned two weeks ago and now has three starts under his belt for the season. With the Brewers needing severe rotation help in the middle of a long stretch of games and with three starters on the shelf, he now gets to make that long-awaited MLB debut.

On top of everything, Gasser gets to not only make his debut in front of a home crowd, but against a division rival in the Cardinals. If he can nab a win in his first ever start, he'll go down as a legend in the eyes of some Brewers fans.