Woodruff is part of a quartet of pitchers -- which also includes Wade Miley, Brent Suter, and Junior Guerra -- seeking to earn the fourth and fifth spots in the Brewers' rotation, but the group could ultimately be fighting for only one opening if the Brewers elect to break camp with just four starters. Woodruff was not particularly sharp in a couple outings earlier this spring, but he was his last time out, allowing just three runners to reach base while giving up one earned run over four innings. Woodruff will need a strong finish to the spring to finish first or second in the rotation race, but he is also the best prospect of the crew, so there is a good chance he pitches for Milwaukee at some point this season even if not right out of the gate.
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.
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|2015||AFA-Brevard County Manat||4||7||3.45||21||19||0||0||0||109.2||112||48||42||2||3||33||71|
|2016||AFA-Brevard County Manat||4||1||1.83||8||8||0||0||0||44.1||33||12||9||2||3||10||49|
|2017||AAA-Colorado Springs Sky||6||5||4.30||16||16||0||0||0||75.1||78||44||36||8||5||25||70|