Hader (1-0) allowed one run over three innings and recorded seven strikeouts to earn his first career win Friday against the Yankees.
The 23-year-old relieved starting pitcher Junior Guerra in the fourth inning following a rain delay and produced his longest outing in the majors. The left-hander gave up his first run of the season on an Aaron Judge solo home run, but it was the only hit allowed. Hader now has a 0.73 ERA and 1.05 WHIP across 12.1 innings with 13 strikeouts since being recalled in early June, but he has shown some struggles with command and has issued 10 walks.
Hader tossed two scoreless innings of relief in Thursday's victory over the Cardinals.
Hader walked two batters in his outing and did not strike out any, but he also did not allow any hits or runs. He was the first reliever in after Zach Davies exited following five frames, and he will likely continue to pitch in the middle innings for now. However, since Hader worked solely as a starter with Triple-A Colorado Springs, he should be able to pitch more than one inning when needed like he did Thursday.
Stearns added that the long-term plan is still to use the left-hander as a starter, but they want him to work in relief as he acclimates himself to the big leagues. With that in mind, the Brewers do have a doubleheader with the Cardinals coming up on Tuesday, so there is an opportunity for him to pick up a start, although it's somewhat of a long shot given this development. It seems like his short-term value will be dependent on his ability to strike major-league batters out and limit his walks more than anything else.
Hader was called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Friday.
Hader has struggled this season at the Triple-A level, but he remains the Brewers' top pitching prospect, and the club decided it was time for him to show what he can do at the top level. Hader worked exclusively as a starter the last two seasons, but it remains to be seen if he will work in that role for the Brewers, or open in the bullpen.
Hader, 23, has a 4.54 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 32:22 K:BB in 35.2 innings with Triple-A Colorado Springs.
His 6.68 FIP probably does a better job of illustrating just how much of a struggle Hader's first seven starts of the season have been. Pitching the Pacific Coast League is no easy task, and Hader actually has a better ERA in three home starts (3.38) than he does in four road starts (5.49), which goes against the narrative that the home park at Colorado Springs is the only reason for his poor performance. Of the notable Brewers pitching prospects in the upper levels, Brandon Woodruff (1.83 ERA at Triple-A) and Jorge Lopez (3.34 ERA at Double-A) will also warrant consideration when the team looks to inject new blood into the big-league rotation.
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|2013||AFX-Quad Cities River Ba||2||0||3.22||5||5||0||0||0||22.1||14||8||8||0||4||12||16|
|2014||AA-Corpus Christi Hooks||1||1||6.30||5||4||0||0||0||20.0||16||14||14||2||3||16||24|
|2015||AA-Corpus Christi Hooks||3||3||3.17||17||10||0||0||1||65.1||60||31||23||5||4||24||69|
|2016||AAA-Colorado Springs Sky||1||7||5.22||14||14||0||0||0||69.0||63||42||40||5||3||36||88|