Brandon Woodruff
Brandon Woodruff
26-Year-Old PitcherSP
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
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Saddled with second loss
PMilwaukee Brewers
June 19, 2019
Woodruff (8-2) took the loss Tuesday, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk over six innings while striking out six as the Brewers fell 4-1 to the Padres.
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While it wasn't a terrible outing, it ended the right-hander's seven-decision winning streak, during which Woodruff had posted a 3.39 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 76:19 K:BB over 66.1 innings. He'll look to get back on track in his next start Sunday, at home against the Reds.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-22%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-14%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-5%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-50%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .272 348 90 33 85 12 2 9
Since 2017vs Right .212 371 91 19 72 10 0 9
2019vs Left .257 170 49 16 39 5 1 6
2019vs Right .222 189 53 8 39 5 0 3
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
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-20%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-12%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-10%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-87%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 4.53 1.20 93.1 7 3 1 9.8 2.4 1.3
Since 2017Away 3.63 1.22 79.1 6 2 0 9.0 3.1 0.6
2019Home 3.77 1.15 45.1 6 0 0 12.1 2.2 1.2
2019Away 4.29 1.19 42.0 2 2 0 8.8 2.8 0.6
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
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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 this season's data (min 40 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
4.25
 
K/9
10.5
 
BB/9
2.5
 
HR/9
0.9
 
Fastball
96.0 mph
 
ERA
4.02
 
WHIP
1.17
 
BABIP
.324
 
GB/FB
1.28
 
Left On Base
70.5%
 
Exit Velocity
87.1 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.4%
 
Spin Rate
2125 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
30.6%
 
Swinging Strike
12.1%
 
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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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Strikes out six in no-decision
PMilwaukee Brewers
June 12, 2019
Woodruff gave up three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out six through seven innings in a no-decision against the Astros on Wednesday.
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Rolls to eighth victory
PMilwaukee Brewers
June 7, 2019
Woodruff (8-1) allowed three runs on four hits and a walk while striking out 10 over six innings Friday in a win over the Pirates.
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Blows five-run lead
PMilwaukee Brewers
June 1, 2019
Woodruff allowed six runs on 10 hits with five strikeouts and two walks across four innings in a no-decision against the Pirates on Saturday.
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Dominates Phillies for seventh win
PMilwaukee Brewers
May 26, 2019
Woodruff (7-1) allowed one run on one hit across eight innings, striking out 10 and earning the victory over Philadelphia on Sunday.
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Tosses quality start in no-decision
PMilwaukee Brewers
May 19, 2019
Woodruff was effective in his start Sunday against Atlanta, allowing two runs on five hits in eight innings, but he didn't factor into the decision. He struck out six and did not walk a batter.
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