Taylor Jungmann was looking to carry forward his momentum from 2015, when he managed a 3.77 ERA over 21 starts and was beginning to establish himself as at least a mid-rotation pitcher. That all fell apart in 2016. He allowed a ridiculous 21 earned runs in five April starts to close the month with a 9.15 ERA before the Brewers jettisoned him to the minors. There, Jungmann didn't fare much better, as he posted a 4.66 ERA and walked 70 batters over 106.1 innings. To be fair, Triple-A Colorado Springs is arguably the worst pitchers' environment in professional baseball, but that doesn't fully excuse Jungmann's struggles. He will be 27 next year, so the 2011 first-round pick will have to figure things out fast if he wants a future in the major leagues.
Jungmann was optioned to Double-A Biloxi, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. The Brewers picked up Nick Franklin off waivers and opted to clear up a spot on their 25-man roster by sending Jungmann back to their Double-A affiliate. Jungmann has pitched just 0.2 innings for the big club this season, during which he's allowed one run.
Jungmann was named to the Brewers' Opening Day roster Saturday, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. Jungmann was shut down near the end last season with a minor hip injury, but he entered camp healthy this year and pitched himself onto the Opening Day roster. The 27-year-old posted a 2.45 ERA with 14 strikeouts across 14.2 innings this spring. He'll work out of the bullpen in 2017.
Jungmann will not make his next scheduled start Friday against the Rockies due to a hip injury, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. It's unclear when or how the ailment came about, but it must be bothering the right-hander enough to already rule him out for the weekend series. With that start out of the picture, Jungmann will finish the season with a 7.76 ERA and 1.76 WHIP over six starts and two relief appearances. The 26-year-old will likely compete for a spot in the starting rotation during spring training, but he'll have to improve from this season if he wants to have any chance of grabbing a spot on the major league roster.
Jungmann (0-5) allowed two runs on three hits, but he also walked four over four innings and lost against the Reds on Saturday. He looked better than he did in his last MLB start back in April, but there were still causes for concern. Besides the second, Jungmann allowed two base runners per inning, and he yielded a home run to Joey Votto in the first. Since returning to the big leagues in the middle of September, Jungmann has a 3.00 ERA, 1.167 WHIP and five strikeouts versus four walks in six innings. He is scheduled to make another start next Saturday against Colorado.
Jungmann was sent to the Brewers spring training facility in Arizona to take what was described as a "mental break" from pitching, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Jungmann posted a 9.15 ERA over five starts in the majors this season, and didn't fare much better at Triple-A, posting a 9.87 mark over eight games started. Some of those numbers can be blamed on the hitter-friendly environment in Colorado Springs, but five of those starts were on the road, so the performance of Jungmann has certainly played a role. The team hasn't disclosed an exact plan for Jungmann's "rehab," but it will likely involve some combination of simulated games and bullpen sessions, all in an effort to get the 26-year-old back on track.
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