Brandon Woodruff
Brandon Woodruff
27-Year-Old PitcherSP
Milwaukee Brewers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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Strikes out 10 in must-win start
PMilwaukee Brewers
September 27, 2020
Woodruff (3-5) tossed eight scoreless innings of two-hit baseball Saturday against the Cardinals as he picked up his third win of the season. He walked one batter and struck out 10 in the outing.
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Woodruff kept the Brewers' playoff hopes alive Saturday with a dominant performance against the division-rival Cardinals. The right-hander came into the game with the fourth-highest fastball velocity in the National League at 96.4 MPH and was blowing pitches by the Cardinal hitters while occasionally topping out the heater at 98. Woodruff lasted eight innings for the first time in 2020 while recording double-digit punchouts for the second time this month. He'll end the regular season with a 3.05 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 91:18 K:BB across 73.2 innings.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
93
Last 10 Games
94
Last 5 Games
98
How many pitches does Brandon Woodruff generally throw?
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-6%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-10%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-18%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-5%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .238 482 143 36 105 17 3 15
Since 2018vs Right .224 453 128 25 93 11 0 10
2020vs Left .209 163 48 8 32 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
2018vs Left .221 87 28 10 17 2 1 1
2018vs Right .232 89 19 4 19 3 0 3
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-21%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-5%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-31%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-10%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 3.18 1.05 121.2 10 2 1 11.5 2.0 1.2
Since 2018Away 4.00 1.21 108.0 6 6 0 9.7 2.8 0.8
2020Home 3.34 0.97 35.0 1 2 0 11.1 1.8 1.5
2020Away 3.52 1.17 30.2 1 3 0 11.2 2.9 0.9
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
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
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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
5.06
 
K/9
11.1
 
BB/9
2.2
 
HR/9
1.1
 
Fastball
96.5 mph
 
ERA
3.05
 
WHIP
0.99
 
BABIP
.283
 
GB/FB
1.48
 
Left On Base
77.8%
 
Exit Velocity
81.4 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
3.5%
 
Spin Rate
2322 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
20.4%
 
Swinging Strike
13.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Homer spoils decent outing
PMilwaukee Brewers
September 21, 2020
Woodruff (2-5) took the loss Monday against the Reds, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks across 5.2 innings. He fanned nine.
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Complete-game effort wasted
PMilwaukee Brewers
September 16, 2020
Woodruff (2-4) took the loss while tossing a complete game (seven innings) in Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Cardinals, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits. He fanned five and did not issue a walk.
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Dominates in shutout
PMilwaukee Brewers
September 11, 2020
Woodruff (2-3) threw seven shutout innings Friday, allowing one hit and striking out 12 without walking a batter during the Brewers' 1-0 victory over the Cubs.
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Can't work deep
PMilwaukee Brewers
September 5, 2020
Woodruff allowed three earned runs on four hits and three walks while striking out seven across 4.1 innings Saturday against Cleveland. He did not factor into the decision.
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Reinstated from paternity list
PMilwaukee Brewers
September 3, 2020
Woodruff was reinstated from the paternity list Thursday.
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