Hader has struck out four batters and allowed zero runs through three innings this spring.
In three separate one-inning appearances, Hader has been lights out, striking out four of the nine batters he has faced while allowing zero hits. He will begin the year out of the bullpen in a setup role in front of closer Corey Knebel, and will look to build off of his 2.08 ERA and 68 strikeouts from 2017.
Hader is likely to work out of the bullpen to begin the season, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Hader was stellar in relief last season, striking out 68 batters across 47.2 innings and accruing a 2.08 ERA for Milwaukee. That allowed general manager David Stearns to install the 23-year-old left-hander in the same role for this campaign, although that could change. The Brewers are in pursuit of a starting pitcher, so if they pull the trigger on a trade before spring training begins, that would solidify Hader's role in the bullpen for the time being.
One thing Stearns is confident about is that Hader "is going to be put in a position to accumulate innings," whether that be as a starter or a multi-inning reliever, which is no surprise given Hader's talent. While the Brewers will be looking to maximize his innings, and he was a highly-regarded starting pitcher prospect just one offseason ago, he did throw only 99.2 total innings in 2017 across all levels, so he'd probably have a cap on his workload even if he heads into the season as a starter. With that in mind, the Brewers must weigh if it's worth even trying Hader in the rotation, especially when considering just how dominant (12.84 K/9, .156 BAA) he was working in relief last year. With Hader facing a theoretical innings limit as a starter and not in the mix for saves as a reliever, he will likely be only a fringe option in standard league formats. However, even as a full-time reliever he would stand a good chance to hit 100 strikeouts while providing quality ratios, so he can still provide some sort of value in any role for fantasy owners and the Brewers alike.
Hader threw 1.2 scoreless innings in Monday's victory over the Pirates and allowed just one hit while striking out three batters.
Hader allowed four earned runs over four appearances around the turn of this month, but he turned things around quickly, allowing just Monday's hit and one walk while striking out 13 batters in 7.1 innings over his last five outings. The Brewers will continue leaning on him as the top left-handed option in their bullpen as they push for the playoffs.
Hader threw a scoreless inning in Monday's loss to the Twins despite allowing a hit and issuing three walks.
Hader was not sharp Monday and now owns 17 walks in 22.1 innings out of the Brewers' bullpen this season, but even in a subpar outing he was able to keep the opponent off the scoreboard. Hader, who does have 27 strikeouts and has given up just 10 hits, will continue working in a multi-situation relief role for the time being.
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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|