While meeting with reporters at the Winter Meetings on Monday, Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Woodruff is expected to be in the picture for a rotation spot when spring training begins in February.
There are at least two moving parts that could significantly alter Woodruff's path to an Opening Day spot in the rotation. First, the Brewers could add pitching help via trade or free agency this winter. Second, Josh Hader's role is yet to be determined. Even if Hader is stretched out as a starter and the Brewers add another arm (or two) during the winter, Woodruff will almost certainly remain stretched out to compete for one of the final spots in the rotation with the likes of Brent Suter and Junior Guerra.
After showing great promise in his first several starts, Woodruff limped to the finish line, giving up 19 earned runs over his final 19.1 innings of 2017. He wasn't able to carry forward the success he had missing bats in Double-A and Triple-A to the majors, but Woodruff showed enough to put himself into strong consideration for a rotation spot next year. The 24-year-old righty finishes the season with a 4.81 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 32:14 K:BB over 43 innings spanning eight MLB starts.
Woodruff allowed four runs on five hits and three walks with four strikeouts over five innings in a no-decision Friday against the Cubs.
Woodruff has been serving a fill-in role for the Brewers and has done an excellent job of keeping the club in the game. He has lasted at least five innings now in seven of his eight appearances. Woodruff's control lapses cost him on Friday, as he managed to hold the scary Cubs lineup to just one extra-base hit, but the free baserunners he allowed came back to hurt him. His ERA sits at 3.76 and Woodruff has earned his spot in the rotation down the stretch.
Woodruff allowed three runs on eight hits while striking out five over seven innings in a winning effort Sunday against the Marlins.
The rookie -- making his sixth career start -- bounced back from his worst career outing to notch his third quality start in six chances. Other than a rough stretch in the fourth inning in which he allowed four straight hits, Woodruff kept Marlins hitters off the basepaths, for the most part, to even up his record at 2-2. Without a day off in the next week, Woodruff would line up to make his next start Friday at home against the Cubs.
Woodruff (1-2) was roughed up for six runs on seven hits and a walk with three strikeouts over five innings and took the loss Monday against Pittsburgh.
For the first time in five outings, Woodruff allowed more than two runs. The Pirates touched him up for two home runs, just the second and third he has allowed in his first major league career. While it was inevitable that a team would get to Woodruff eventually, he has done an excellent job of keeping the ball on the ground. Even after Monday's stinker, Woodruff owns a crispy 3.14 ERA.
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