Brandon Woodruff
Brandon Woodruff
26-Year-Old PitcherRP
Milwaukee Brewers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
After a mostly nondescript regular season, Woodruff cranked things up in September and into the playoffs. He worked in relief, which allowed him to maximize his pitches and show dominant stuff. An 11th-round pick in 2014, he posted a healthy 26.7 K% in 42.1 regular-season innings. He paired that with average control (8.0 BB%) and an above-average 53.1% groundball rate. The combination of strikeouts and groundballs is quite appealing, although it remains to be seen if the improved stuff will survive the transition back to the rotation. Woodruff was not all that effective as a starter in 2017, posting just a 9.8 K-BB% over eight starts. While the Brewers may go into the season with Woodruff technically in the rotation, they have embraced the idea of blurring the lines between starters and relievers, so he likely wouldn't log many six- or seven-inning outings. That usage should greatly benefit his ratios at the expensive of wins and strikeouts. Read Past Outlooks
Stretching out as starter
PMilwaukee Brewers
February 14, 2019
Manager Craig Counsell said Woodruff will be stretched out as a starter during camp, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
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Woodruff is set to transition back to the rotation after being used primarily as a reliever in 2018. The 26-year-old righty seems like a good bet to break camp in Milwaukee's rotation after posting a 3.61 ERA and 10.0 K/9 in 42.1 innings (four starts, 15 relief appearances) last season.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-30%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-5%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-50%
BAA vs RHP
2016
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .286 178 41 17 46 7 1 3
Since 2016vs Right .201 182 38 11 33 5 0 6
2018vs Left .221 87 28 10 17 2 1 1
2018vs Right .232 89 19 4 19 3 0 3
2017vs Left .345 91 13 7 29 5 0 2
2017vs Right .171 93 19 7 14 2 0 3
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-45%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-10%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-87%
ERA on Road
2016
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 5.25 1.25 48.0 1 3 1 7.7 2.6 1.3
Since 2016Away 2.89 1.26 37.1 4 0 0 9.2 3.4 0.5
2018Home 3.38 1.25 16.0 0 0 1 10.7 2.8 1.1
2018Away 3.76 1.14 26.1 3 0 0 9.6 3.1 0.7
2017Home 6.19 1.25 32.0 1 3 0 6.2 2.5 1.4
2017Away 0.82 1.55 11.0 1 0 0 8.2 4.1 0.0
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Brandon Woodruff compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
K/BB
3.36
 
K/9
10.0
 
BB/9
3.0
 
HR/9
0.9
 
Fastball
95.3 mph
 
ERA
3.61
 
WHIP
1.18
 
BABIP
.307
 
GB/FB
2.30
 
Strand %
71.7%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
Woodruff got a shot at the Triple-A level last season after being named the Brewers' minor league pitcher of the year in 2016, and while his numbers were not pretty -- most aren't in the PCL -- he was effective and consistent enough to earn his first trip to the majors. He allowed just four earned runs in four starts out of the gate, but he crumbled after that, allowing 19 earned runs over his final four big-league starts. Still, his showing was good enough overall to put him in the conversation for a back-end spot in the Brewers' rotation to begin 2018. Woodruff throws a fastball that sits in the mid-90s and also a quality slider and average changeup, and though he averaged less than a strikeout per inning in 2017, he has shown improvement in that area the last two years. Woodruff is unlikely to be much of a factor early in shallow leagues, but if he earns a rotation spot in spring training, he possesses enough upside to be selected in the late rounds for deeper formats.
Woodruff may have been just an 11th-round pick in 2014, but he hasn't let falling in the draft stop him from cruising through the lower levels of the minor leagues. After dominating High-A with Brevard County through eight starts (1.83 ERA, 10.0 K/9), the 23-year-old earned a promotion to Double-A Biloxi. He finished on absolute fire, having allowed just one run over 22 innings in his final three starts to end the season with a 3.01 ERA. Even after advancing to Double-A, Woodruff continued to strike out over a batter per inning and maintained a K/BB above 4.0. Now over a year removed from a nasty oblique injury, Woodruff is looking like he could make his way into Milwaukee's rotation sooner than expected.
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Goes 5.1 innings in Game 5
PMilwaukee Brewers
October 17, 2018
Woodruff gave up two runs on five hits with one walk over 5.1 innings in a loss to the Dodgers in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. He struck out eight.
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Initial out getter for Game 1
PMilwaukee Brewers
October 4, 2018
Woodruff will be the Brewers' initial out getter in Game 1 of their NLDS matchup with the Rockies on Thursday.
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Records three-inning save versus Reds
PMilwaukee Brewers
September 18, 2018
Woodruff allowed three hits and one walk over three scoreless innings to earn the save Monday against the Reds. He struck out two.
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Called up for stretch run
PMilwaukee Brewers
September 1, 2018
Woodruff was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Saturday.
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Demoted to Triple-A
PMilwaukee Brewers
July 24, 2018
Woodruff was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Tuesday.
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