Brewers pitcher made strong return in Biloxi after brother’s death
Biloxi Shuckers right-hander Brandon Woodruff picked up a prestigious honor Wednesday following an outstanding season in his third year as a pro.
The former Mississippi State pitcher was named to the Baseball America Minor League All-Star First Team for 2016.
Woodruff was dominant in his final 12 starts for the Shuckers with a 1.67 ERA. He had a 5.68 ERA through first eight starts at Double-A.
Woodruff led the minors with 173 strikeouts in 158 innings after splitting the season between Biloxi and Single-A Brevard County (Fla.).
Biloxi pitching coach Chris Hook sees Woodruff continuing to be a pitcher who can consistently deliver strikeouts as he makes the climb in the Milwaukee Brewers system.
“He's a high velocity guy with plus command of the fastball,” Woodruff said. “His breaking ball, when it's on, you're going to get double digits in strikeouts. When you see 10 strikeouts in 7 innings, that's because the breaking ball is on.
“I think he's going to be a strikeout guy because he's a velocity guy who commands his fastball.”
Woodruff was 4-1 with a 1.83 ERA in eight starts at Brevard County before he was promoted to Biloxi. With the Shuckers, he was 10-8 with a 3.01 ERA in 20 starts.
Woodruff's year was also a tragic one. His brother, Blake died, on July 16 in an ATV accident in their hometown of Wheeler.