Brandon Woodruff

Brandon Woodruff

29-Year-Old PitcherSP
Milwaukee Brewers
2022 Fantasy Outlook
The kids will tell us IYKYK, and if you had Woodruff on your team last season, you know where this is going. Milwaukee won 16 of the 30 games Woodruff started, yet Woodruff won just nine games because he had the absolute worst run support in the National League with just 2.5 runs scored when he was pitching. Two-thirds of his starts were quality starts, yet fewer than one-third of them became wins. That is just rotten luck for a pitcher who went into the Milwaukee pitching laboratory and has turned himself into one of the better pitchers in the game. He now has three consecutive seasons of impressive three-category production with the wins being at the mercy of the offense. Hopefully the Brew Crew will supply Woodruff with more run support to turn him into the ace pitcher he is shaping out to be. If they do, perhaps the Cy Young Award can even stay in Milwaukee, because Woodruff has all the tools to make it happen. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#20
ADP
$Signed a one-year, $6.8 million contract with the Brewers in March of 2022, avoiding arbitration.
Picks up win over Marlins
PMilwaukee Brewers
May 15, 2022
Woodruff (4-2) allowed three runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks over five innings Sunday, striking out six and earning a win over Miami.
ANALYSIS
Woodruff coughed up a two-run single to Payton Henry in the second inning after the frame began with an error. He was then taken deep for a solo shot in the third by Jorge Soler. The 6-foot-4 righty saw his season ERA drop to 5.35 through 33.2 innings, but he's given up five home runs over his last three outings. Woodruff will look to string together victories in his projected home start against Washington next weekend.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
93
Last 10 Games
93
Last 5 Games
94
How many pitches does Brandon Woodruff generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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121+
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-18%
BAA vs LHP
2022
 
 
-21%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-17%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-16%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .190 600 193 39 105 16 2 18
Since 2020vs Right .231 541 148 34 113 17 2 14
2022vs Left .222 59 28 4 12 4 0 2
2022vs Right .282 90 15 8 22 5 0 3
2021vs Left .182 360 111 26 60 6 1 10
2021vs Right .219 348 100 17 70 10 2 8
2020vs Left .194 181 54 9 33 6 1 6
2020vs Right .231 103 33 9 21 2 0 3
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-29%
ERA at Home
2022
 
 
-82%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-17%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-16%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 2.49 0.94 137.1 8 5 0 11.1 1.6 1.1
Since 2020Away 3.50 1.09 149.1 8 12 0 10.5 3.0 0.9
2022Home 1.62 0.66 16.2 3 0 0 12.4 1.6 1.1
2022Away 9.00 2.06 17.0 1 2 0 10.6 4.8 1.6
2021Home 2.31 0.98 85.2 4 3 0 10.9 1.5 0.9
2021Away 2.79 0.95 93.2 5 7 0 10.3 2.8 0.9
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
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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
3.58
 
K/9
11.5
 
BB/9
3.2
 
HR/9
1.3
 
Fastball
95.7 mph
 
ERA
5.35
 
WHIP
1.37
 
BABIP
.358
 
GB/FB
0.97
 
Left On Base
59.0%
 
Exit Velocity
80.7 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.5%
 
Spin Rate
2304 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
25.1%
 
Swinging Strike
14.3%
 
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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.
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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Ineffective versus Reds
PMilwaukee Brewers
May 9, 2022
Woodruff (3-2) was charged with the loss Monday after surrendering six runs (five earned) over 4.1 innings against the Reds. He allowed eight hits and walked two while striking out six.
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Punches out 12 in win
PMilwaukee Brewers
May 3, 2022
Woodruff (3-1) picked up the win over the Reds on Tuesday, allowing three runs on four hits over 5.2 innings. He struck out 12 and did not issue a walk.
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Four earned against Pirates
PMilwaukee Brewers
April 26, 2022
Woodruff did not factor into the decision Tuesday against the Pirates, allowing four runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out six over four innings.
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Bags another win
PMilwaukee Brewers
April 21, 2022
Woodruff tossed six scoreless innings and picked up the win in Wednesday's victory over the Pirates. He allowed just one hit and two walks to go along with nine strikeouts.
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Five shutout innings
PMilwaukee Brewers
April 14, 2022
Woodruff (1-1) allowed three hits and one walk with two strikeouts across five scoreless innings to earn the win Thursday against the Cardinals.
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