Hader threw a scoreless inning in relief in Wednesday's spring game against the Padres. Hader struggled a bit in his previous two appearances, but he was able to right the ship Wednesday, allowing only one runner on base (via a walk) and striking out another. Hader looks ready for the regular season, allowing just five runners to reach base this spring (0.79 WHIP) and striking out 13 batters over 6.1 innings, and there's a chance he could be more involved in the save mix than expected early on with fellow relievers Corey Knebel and Jeremy Jeffress both dealing with arm issues.
Hader struck out three batters across a perfect inning Wednesday against the Diamondbacks. Hader already appears to be in midseason form, as the electric southpaw has now fanned all six batters he has faced this spring. He compiled a 2.43 ERA and 143 strikeouts across 81.1 innings last season and should reprise his role as a high-leverage reliever for the Brewers in 2019.
Hader struck out three batters in a perfect inning Sunday against the Reds. Hader looked to be in midseason form and hit 98 on the radar gun in his first outing of spring training, per Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He appears on track to have another spectacular season out of the bullpen after posting a 2.43 ERA with 143 punchouts over 81.1 frames in 2018.
General manager David Stearns said Hader is expected to pitch out of the bullpen in 2019, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Hader was touted as one of the top left-handed starting pitching prospects entering the 2017 season, but his success out of the bullpen over the past two years has prompted the Brewers to commit to keeping him in a multi-inning, high-leverage relief role. The electric southpaw can still provide plenty of fantasy value as a reliever, as evidenced by his 6-1 record, 12 saves, 2.43 ERA, 0.81 WHIP and 15.8 K/9 across 81.1 innings in 2018.
Hader has been ruled out for Game 2 against the Dodgers after pitching three innings in Game 1 on Friday, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports. Hader was lights out in the series opener, tossing three scoreless frames and allowing two hits while fanning four on a season-high 46 pitches. Manager Craig Counsell ruled Hader out for Saturday's matchup shortly after the conclusion of Game 1 but stated that Hader will be available for Game 3 in Los Angeles on Monday. This comes as expected, given Counsell's reluctance to use Hader on back-to-back days throughout the regular season. Milwaukee's skipper did announce that everyone else in the bullpen was available to throw for the team Saturday, per Zach Heilprin of the Wisconsin Sports Zone Network.