Brandon Woodruff

Brandon Kyle Woodruff (born February 10, 1993) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Brandon Woodruff
Woodruff with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2019
Milwaukee Brewers – No. 53
Pitcher
Born: (1993-02-10) February 10, 1993
Tupelo, Mississippi, U.S.
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 4, 2017, for the Milwaukee Brewers
MLB statistics
(through 2022 season)
Win–loss record41–25
Earned run average3.18
Strikeouts714
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Career

Woodruff attended Wheeler High School in Wheeler, Mississippi and was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the fifth round of the 2011 MLB draft out of high school. He did not sign with the Rangers and attended Mississippi State University to play college baseball.[1] In 2014, his junior season, he went 1-3 with a 6.75 ERA in 37 innings.[2] In 2012, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod Baseball League.[3] After his junior year he was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 11th round of the 2014 MLB Draft.[4]

Woodruff made his professional debut that year with the Helena Brewers and spent the whole season there, going 1–2 with a 3.28 ERA in 14 games (eight starts). He pitched 2015 with the Brevard County Manatees, compiling a 4–7 record and 3.45 ERA in 21 games (19 starts), and started 2016 there. In May, he was promoted to the Biloxi Shuckers.[5][6] In July, his brother died following an ATV accident.[7][8] In his first start since his brother's death, Woodruff threw six shutout innings allowing one hit with nine strikeouts as well as hitting a home run.[9] Woodruff ended 2016 with a combined 14-9 record and 2.68 ERA in 28 starts between both teams.[10]

Woodruff started the 2017 season playing with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. The Brewers promoted Woodruff to the major leagues on June 13. However, he injured himself warming up, and was placed on the disabled list. The Brewers recalled Woodruff to make his debut on August 4.[11] He was optioned back to Colorado Springs on August 20 and recalled once again on September 1. In eight starts for Milwaukee he was 2–3 with a 4.81 ERA, and in 16 starts for Colorado Springs he pitched to a 6-5 record and 4.30 ERA.[12]

MLB.com ranked Woodruff as Milwaukee's third best prospect going into the 2018 season.[13] He began 2018 with Milwaukee, but was optioned to Colorado Springs in early April.

He opened Game 1 of the NLDS against the Colorado Rockies, pitching three scoreless innings in the Brewers' eventual 3–2 win. In Game 1 of the 2018 National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Woodruff hit a home run off of Clayton Kershaw. He became the 22nd pitcher and the 3rd relief pitcher in postseason history to accomplish the feat.[14][15]

In 2019, Woodruff pitched in 22 games, registering a 11-3 record and a 3.62 ERA with 143 strikeouts in 121+23 innings pitched for the Brewers. He was also named to the 2019 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.[16] In 2020, Woodruff pitched to a 3-5 record and a 3.05 ERA with 91 strikeouts in 73+23 innings of work in a league-leading 13 starts.[17]

On January 13, 2023, Woodruff signed a one-year, $10.8 million contract with the Brewers, avoiding salary arbitration.[18]

Personal life

Woodruff is married to Jonie Woodruff. They have one daughter together.[19]

References

  1. "MSU Media Day: Woodruff ready to make statement for Bulldogs". February 10, 2014. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  2. "Brandon Woodruff selected early on day 3 of draft".
  3. "#26 Brandon Woodruff - Profile". pointstreak.com. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  4. "Brandon Woodruff selected early on day 3 of draft". Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  5. "Cowbell call-up: Former Mississippi State pitcher Woodruff promoted to Shuckers". Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  6. "Woodruff getting adjusted to Double-A | Mississippi State". djournal.com. June 26, 2016. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  7. "Brother of Shuckers pitcher dies after ATV accident". Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  8. Briggeman, Brent (April 5, 2017). "Sky Sox pitcher Brandon Woodruff ready to move on from tragic summer | Colorado Springs Gazette, News". Gazette.com. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  9. "Grieving Milwaukee Brewers righty Brandon Woodruff delivers emotional gem for Biloxi Shuckers - MiLB.com News - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  10. Sam Dykstra (February 3, 2017). "Toolshed: Woodruff works into Brewers' core". MiLB.com. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  11. "Brewers call up another top prospect in Brandon Woodruff". Journal Sentinel. June 13, 2017. Retrieved January 20, 2019.
  12. "Brandon Woodruff Stats, Highlights, Bio – MiLB.com Stats – The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  13. "Hiura headlines new-look Brewers Top 30 Prospects list". MLB.com. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  14. Kelly, Matt; Randhawa, Manny (October 13, 2018). "Every pitcher who went deep in postseason". MLB.com. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  15. Trezza, Joe (October 13, 2018). "Woodruff's rare HR comes with extra emotion". MLB.com. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  16. "Brewers: Brandon Woodruff 2019 Season Report Card". October 30, 2019.
  17. "Milwaukee Brewers: Brandon Woodruff 2020 Season Report Card". October 5, 2020.
  18. Franco, Anthony (January 13, 2023). "Brewers, Brandon Woodruff Avoid Arbitration". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved January 13, 2023.
  19. "Brewers pitcher Brandon Woodruff and wife Jodie welcome baby girl named Kyler". Retrieved September 27, 2020.
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