Colorado Springs, Colorado —— Milwaukee Brewers right-handed pitcher Brandon Woodruff allowed just two hits — both to Miami Marlins veteran farmhand Scott Van Slyke — in 5.2 innings of work on Wednesday night for the Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox in a Pacific Coast League game against the New Orleans Baby Cakes. A pitcher’s duel early between Woodruff and Marlins prospect Zac Gallen, the Sky Sox eventually pulled away and won Woodruff’s 2018 Triple-A debut 7-2 over the Marlins’ Triple-A club on a cold, gusty night at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs.
The story of the day was Brandon Woodruff, though, fresh off a recent (and likely temporary) demotion from the Milwaukee Brewers. The top prospect worked quickly even without his sharpest command on Wednesday, allowing just two hits and three walks — and one run, earned — against four strikeouts over those 5.2 innings pitched. Woodruff threw 81 pitches (47 strikes) to 22 New Orleans batters before he was lifted in the top of the sixth for reliever Erik Davis.
Throughout the night, Woodruff primarily sat 92-95 mph on his fastball, touching 96 mph three times. He paired it with a slider that fluctuated between 84-88 mph, and a changeup that sat between 82-86 mph. Interestingly, the Brewers prospect showed off his little-used curve, throwing it three times to Baby Cakes hitters at 75, 76, and 77 mph on the radar gun. Sequencing was pretty standard here for a starter trying to get his footing and eat some innings; Woodruff opened things up early with his fastball, bringing out the slider only once he worked into the second time through the order. His changeup was interspersed lightly both early and late, primarily against left-handed hitters. With runners on base, Brandon Woodruff worked anywhere between 1.44 and 1.53 seconds to the plate; he did allow one stolen base on the night — a swipe of second by Marlins prospect Isaac Galloway in a sequence that had Sky Sox catcher Christian Bethancourt flash a 1.94 time down to the second base bag.
Brandon Woodruff, RHP, Milwaukee Brewers — Game Video
Below, you’ll find our game video of Brandon Woodruff — several innings pitched against New Orleans taken from this particular outing in Colorado Springs on Wednesday night:
There you have it with Brandon Woodruff in Colorado Springs; he’ll almost certainly return to the Milwaukee Brewers later this month, if not sooner, to fill out the rotation role that’s been his for quite some time now. For a few thousand more prospect videos like this one, please click here and subscribe to our YouTube channel.
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