Brandon Woodruff
Brandon Woodruff
28-Year-Old PitcherSP
Milwaukee Brewers
2021 Fantasy Outlook
If not for an injury that cost him extended time in 2019 Woodruff could have found himself in the mix for the Cy Young award. Well, he was even better in 2020, increasing his strikeout rate and allowing fewer than one baserunner per inning. He still leaned heavily on his upper-90s fastball, but he threw a lower percentage of sliders for the third year in a row and threw more curveballs and changeups than ever. That pitch mix is tough for hitters to deal with, particularly when Woodruff isn't walking them. Woodruff keeps getting better and better, and he is in his prime heading into his age-28 season. Woodruff's lone issue last season was length, as he averaged fewer than six innings per start. If he can be a little more efficient with his pitch counts in 2021, he figures to be just as good -- or better -- than he was a season ago. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#34
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$Signed a one-year, $3.275 million contract with the Brewers in January of 2021.
Dominates Cubs again
PMilwaukee Brewers
April 13, 2021
Woodruff allowed one earned run on three hits and one walk while striking out six across six innings Tuesday against the Cubs. He did not factor into the decision.
ANALYSIS
Woodruff has faced the Cubs in his last two starts -- a stretch in which he allowed only one earned run across 13 innings with 14 strikeouts and one walk. However, he didn't earn a victory on either occasion even though he left Tuesday's game with a lead. After a shaky start on Opening Day, Woodruff has produced as expected but will face a challenge in his next start, which is slated to come Monday at San Diego.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
82
Last 10 Games
82
Last 5 Games
82
How many pitches does Brandon Woodruff generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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71-80
 
81-90
 
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111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Brandon Woodruff generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-2%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-31%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-16%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-18%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .226 450 132 29 94 15 2 14
Since 2019vs Right .221 392 117 22 79 9 0 7
2021vs Left .143 37 11 2 5 0 0 0
2021vs Right .208 28 8 1 5 1 0 0
2020vs Left .194 181 54 9 33 6 1 6
2020vs Right .231 103 33 9 21 2 0 3
2019vs Left .265 232 67 18 56 9 1 8
2019vs Right .218 261 76 12 53 6 0 4
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-7%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-100%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-16%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-31%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 3.19 1.04 115.2 10 2 0 11.4 1.9 1.1
Since 2019Away 3.44 1.09 96.2 4 6 0 9.9 2.4 0.7
2021Home 3.60 1.20 10.0 0 0 0 9.9 2.7 0.0
2021Away 0.00 0.14 7.0 0 0 0 10.3 0.0 0.0
2020Home 3.34 0.97 35.0 1 2 0 11.1 1.8 1.5
2020Away 2.79 1.01 38.2 2 3 0 11.2 2.6 0.7
2019Home 3.06 1.05 70.2 9 0 0 11.8 1.9 1.0
2019Away 4.41 1.27 51.0 2 3 0 8.8 2.6 0.7
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Stat Review
How does Brandon Woodruff compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 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.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 120 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
6.33
 
K/9
10.1
 
BB/9
1.6
 
HR/9
0.0
 
Fastball
96.8 mph
 
ERA
2.12
 
WHIP
0.76
 
BABIP
.257
 
GB/FB
1.73
 
Left On Base
69.2%
 
Exit Velocity
82.2 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
0.0%
 
Spin Rate
2338 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
29.4%
 
Swinging Strike
12.6%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Marlon Brando "coulda been a contender," and Woodruff could have, too. Not in a boxing match, of course, but for last year's NL Cy Young Award. Had Woodruff not missed two months with an oblique injury he had a real shot to finish top-10 in the NL in all of W, K and WAR in his first season as a full-time starter. Woodruff returned to action in September and picked up right where he left off. There's reason to believe he could be even better, as he made a notable improvement in the K:BB department last season and finished with a 3.01 FIP. Woodruff has found success as a starter thanks to a pitch mix that features a four-seamer and sinker that both sit in the mid-90s, a hard slider and a changeup that fools hitters looking for the power pitches. Woodruff has the offerings, numbers and underlying stats all in his favor and has all the makings of a No. 1 starter.
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.
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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Excellent in no-decision
PMilwaukee Brewers
April 7, 2021
Woodruff allowed one hit and struck out eight over seven innings in Wednesday's extra-inning win over the Cubs. He did not factor in the decision.
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Gives up three runs Thursday
PMilwaukee Brewers
April 1, 2021
Woodruff didn't factor into the decision in Thursday's extra-inning win over the Twins. He gave up three runs on six hits and two walks while fanning five across four innings.
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Gets Opening Day nod
PMilwaukee Brewers
March 18, 2021
Woodruff was named the Brewers' Opening Day starter as expected Thursday, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
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Goes two scoreless in second start
PMilwaukee Brewers
March 13, 2021
Woodruff threw two scoreless innings in his second start of the spring Friday. He allowed five hits, struck out one batter and walked none.
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Uneven spring debut
PMilwaukee Brewers
March 9, 2021
Woodruff made his spring debut Monday and allowed two earned runs over two innings against the Angels. He struck out one batter, walked none and served up two home runs.
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