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.
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.
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.
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.
Hader's recent struggles should certainly cool the talk of an imminent promotion to the big leagues. He has been wild but also hittable, as opposing batters are hitting .297 against him at this level. In two of his last three starts he has allowed at least six earned runs. Hader should pitch in the Futures Game and may still end up being a September callup for the
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