Brandon Woodruff

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Brandon Kyle Woodruff

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Biographical Information[edit]

Pitcher Brandon Woodruff made his major league debut with the Milwaukee Brewers late in the 2017 season, going 2-3, 4.81 in 8 starts. In 2018, he went 3-0, 3.61 in 19 games, including 4 starts. He shuttled between the majors and minors duting the season, but was excellent after being called up in September, putting up an ERA of 0.73 during the month. This likely influenced manager Craig Counsell to tag him to start Game 1 of the NLDS against the Colorado Rockies on October 4th in what was a bullpen game. He was excellent, pitching three hitless, scoreless innings to send the Brewers on their way to a 3-2 win. His next appearance came in Game 1 of the NLCS, against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He relieved Gio Gonzalez in the top of the 3rd, pitched a 1-2-3 inning, then leading off the bottom of the frame against Clayton Kershaw, he hit a home run that electrified the Miller Park crowd and the entire team. It was no cheap shot, either, as the ball was hit to center field and cleared the fence easily. The Brewers added another run to take a 2-1 lead, and he followed by striking out the side in the 4th. He was credited with Milwaukee's 6-5 win, a fitting outcome for his outstanding two-way contribution. The homer was not a first for Woodruff; he had hit one earlier in the season, and most importantly, had hit one in AA in 2016, in his first game after attending the funeral of his older brother Blake, who had been killed in an ATV accident. He was a two-way player all the way through college at Mississippi State University and obviously still knew how to swing a dangerous bat.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 2-time NL All-Star (2019 & 2021)

Further Reading[edit]

  • Joe Trezza: "Woodruff's rare HR comes with extra emotion: Reliever's shot off Kershaw buoyed by memory of late brother",, October 13, 2018. [1]

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