Brandon Woodruff
Brandon Woodruff
27-Year-Old PitcherSP
Milwaukee Brewers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Marlon Brando "coulda been a contender," and Woodruff could have, too. Not in a boxing match, of course, but for last year's NL Cy Young Award. Had Woodruff not missed two months with an oblique injury he had a real shot to finish top-10 in the NL in all of W, K and WAR in his first season as a full-time starter. Woodruff returned to action in September and picked up right where he left off. There's reason to believe he could be even better, as he made a notable improvement in the K:BB department last season and finished with a 3.01 FIP. Woodruff has found success as a starter thanks to a pitch mix that features a four-seamer and sinker that both sit in the mid-90s, a hard slider and a changeup that fools hitters looking for the power pitches. Woodruff has the offerings, numbers and underlying stats all in his favor and has all the makings of a No. 1 starter. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Brewers in June of 2014.
Goes four strong
PMilwaukee Brewers
March 11, 2020
Woodruff allowed one earned run over four innings in Tuesday's spring game against the Royals. He gave up two hits and posted a 5:2 K:BB in the outing.
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Woodruff has steadily built up his stamina this spring and has had good results, posting a 1.80 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 8:3 K:BB over 10 innings. That strikeout rate is a bit lower than what he is capable of, but he has been working on some pitches this spring, and he did have his best day in that department Tuesday. The Brewers have not yet named an Opening Day starter, but Woodruff is the favorite to get the nod.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
85
Last 10 Games
71
Last 5 Games
61
How many pitches does Brandon Woodruff generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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121+
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-23%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-18%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-5%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-50%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .274 410 108 35 102 16 2 11
Since 2017vs Right .211 443 114 23 86 11 0 10
2019vs Left .265 232 67 18 56 9 1 8
2019vs Right .218 261 76 12 53 6 0 4
2018vs Left .221 87 28 10 17 2 1 1
2018vs Right .232 89 19 4 19 3 0 3
2017vs Left .345 91 13 7 29 5 0 2
2017vs Right .171 93 19 7 14 2 0 3
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-4%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-31%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-10%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-87%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 3.94 1.13 118.2 10 3 1 10.2 2.2 1.1
Since 2017Away 3.77 1.27 88.1 6 3 0 9.0 3.0 0.6
2019Home 3.06 1.05 70.2 9 0 0 11.8 1.9 1.0
2019Away 4.41 1.27 51.0 2 3 0 8.8 2.6 0.7
2018Home 3.38 1.25 16.0 0 0 1 10.7 2.8 1.1
2018Away 3.76 1.14 26.1 3 0 0 9.6 3.1 0.7
2017Home 6.19 1.25 32.0 1 3 0 6.2 2.5 1.4
2017Away 0.82 1.55 11.0 1 0 0 8.2 4.1 0.0
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Stat Review
How does Brandon Woodruff compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 120 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
4.77
 
K/9
10.6
 
BB/9
2.2
 
HR/9
0.9
 
Fastball
96.3 mph
 
ERA
3.62
 
WHIP
1.14
 
BABIP
.326
 
GB/FB
1.51
 
Left On Base
73.6%
 
Exit Velocity
86.0 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
3.8%
 
Spin Rate
2143 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
30.4%
 
Swinging Strike
12.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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After a mostly nondescript regular season, Woodruff cranked things up in September and into the playoffs. He worked in relief, which allowed him to maximize his pitches and show dominant stuff. An 11th-round pick in 2014, he posted a healthy 26.7 K% in 42.1 regular-season innings. He paired that with average control (8.0 BB%) and an above-average 53.1% groundball rate. The combination of strikeouts and groundballs is quite appealing, although it remains to be seen if the improved stuff will survive the transition back to the rotation. Woodruff was not all that effective as a starter in 2017, posting just a 9.8 K-BB% over eight starts. While the Brewers may go into the season with Woodruff technically in the rotation, they have embraced the idea of blurring the lines between starters and relievers, so he likely wouldn't log many six- or seven-inning outings. That usage should greatly benefit his ratios at the expensive of wins and strikeouts.
Woodruff got a shot at the Triple-A level last season after being named the Brewers' minor league pitcher of the year in 2016, and while his numbers were not pretty -- most aren't in the PCL -- he was effective and consistent enough to earn his first trip to the majors. He allowed just four earned runs in four starts out of the gate, but he crumbled after that, allowing 19 earned runs over his final four big-league starts. Still, his showing was good enough overall to put him in the conversation for a back-end spot in the Brewers' rotation to begin 2018. Woodruff throws a fastball that sits in the mid-90s and also a quality slider and average changeup, and though he averaged less than a strikeout per inning in 2017, he has shown improvement in that area the last two years. Woodruff is unlikely to be much of a factor early in shallow leagues, but if he earns a rotation spot in spring training, he possesses enough upside to be selected in the late rounds for deeper formats.
Woodruff may have been just an 11th-round pick in 2014, but he hasn't let falling in the draft stop him from cruising through the lower levels of the minor leagues. After dominating High-A with Brevard County through eight starts (1.83 ERA, 10.0 K/9), the 23-year-old earned a promotion to Double-A Biloxi. He finished on absolute fire, having allowed just one run over 22 innings in his final three starts to end the season with a 3.01 ERA. Even after advancing to Double-A, Woodruff continued to strike out over a batter per inning and maintained a K/BB above 4.0. Now over a year removed from a nasty oblique injury, Woodruff is looking like he could make his way into Milwaukee's rotation sooner than expected.
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Throws two innings
PMilwaukee Brewers
February 28, 2020
Woodruff started Friday's spring game against the Dodgers and allowed one earned run over two innings. He gave up four hits and struck out two batters in his outing.
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Shines in NL Wild Card Game
PMilwaukee Brewers
October 2, 2019
Woodruff allowed one run on two hits while striking out three over four innings in a no-decision against the Nationals in Tuesday's NL Wild Card Game. He threw 52 pitches and did not issue a walk.
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Starting NL Wild Card Game
PMilwaukee Brewers
September 30, 2019
Woodruff will start Tuesday's Wild Card Game against Washington, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
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Sparkles in two frames
PMilwaukee Brewers
September 22, 2019
Woodruff pitched two shutout innings with no hits or walks allowed while striking out three during a no-decision against the Pirates on Sunday.
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Locked in for Sunday
PMilwaukee Brewers
September 21, 2019
Woodruff is slated to start Sunday's game against the Pirates.
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