Josh Hader

#71 SP / Milwaukee Brewers / EXP: 0YRS / MINORS Height: 6-2 Weight: 185 lb Age: 22 College: None Bats/Throws L/L

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    Josh Hader has rocketed through the upper levels of the minors over the past two seasons, rising from High-A in 2014 to Triple-A in 2016 -- he was even considered for a spot start with the Brewers late in the season, but it never came to fruition. The lanky lefty struck out a ludicrous 161 batters over just 126 innings across Double-A and Triple-A, proving his pitches aren't only capable of fooling the raw youngsters of the lower minors. There are still questions surrounding the quality of his changeup and command, and at 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, many of the same concerns that surrounded Chris Sale's future durability as a young prospect have resurfaced with Hader. Despite those worries, Hader's prospect stock has ballooned over the past two seasons as he has turned into one of the gems of the Brewers' restocked farm system. He should finally be allowed to test out his plus fastball and plus slider against big league hitters sometime this summer.

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    • Hader was optioned to minor-league camp Monday. Hader appeared in three games for the Brewers this spring, and despite allowing eight batters to reach base across his 4.2 innings, he gave up just one earned run over that span. His season will begin with Triple-A Colorado Springs, but as the Brewers' top starting pitching prospect, he's a good bet to make his big-league debut at some point in 2017.

    • Brewers' Josh Hader: Added to 40-man roster
      By RotoWire Staff

      Hader was added to the Brewers' 40-man roster Friday. An absolutely dominant 11-start run with Double-A Biloxi to begin 2016 (0.95 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 11.5 K/9) earned Hader a promotion to Triple-A Colorado Springs in June. The results at Colorado Springs weren't great, but he maintained an excellent K-rate and it's important to remember that the conditions there are extremely hitter-friendly. Hader is widely considered one of the top pitching prospects in baseball and there's a chance he could join the Brewers' rotation during the first half of 2017.

    • Brewers' Josh Hader: Won't be called up Friday
      By RotoWire Staff

      Hader will not be recalled to start Friday's game against the Mariners. There was some speculation that Hader would be the minor league starter to get the call for Friday's start, as he is the Brewers' top pitching prospect and also lined up to make that start. However, Brent Suter will get the call from Triple-A Colorado Springs instead. Considering he was bypassed this time around and is not on the 40-man roster, Hader may not make his big league debut until 2017.

    • Brewers' Josh Hader: Candidate to start Friday
      By RotoWire Staff

      The Brewers will be recalling a pitcher from the minors to start Friday's game in Seattle, and Hader appears to be the top candidate to get the call. Hader can start Friday's game for the Brewers on normal rest and none of the Brewers' minor league starters who are on the 40-man roster line up to make the start, other than Jorge Lopez, who carries a 5.85 ERA at Double-A. Hader is the only candidate for Friday's start worth adding in most formats, as he has high-end bat-missing stuff. Realistically, he wouldn't log more than five or six innings in his big league debut, but he could qualify for the win while notching more than a strikeout per inning. Hader dominated Double-A earlier this season and has a 4.32 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 35 strikeouts in 25 innings on the road since being promoted to Triple-A -- his home numbers at Colorado Springs are relatively worthless, given the pitching conditions.

    • Brewers' Josh Hader: Hittable at Triple-A
      By RotoWire Staff

      Hader, 22, has a 6.05 ERA and 49:23 K:BB through 38.2 innings at Triple-A. After dominating the competition at Double-A to begin the year, Hader has battled control problems en route to a bloated ERA through eight starts at Triple-A. In fact, he has walked at least three batters in five of those eight outings. The strikeout numbers continue to make him a high-upside hurler, but any notion of him seeing the big leagues in 2016 has likely been put to rest.

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