Position: Pitcher

DOB: July 13, 1983

Height: 6’4″ / Weight: 220

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Drafted (34th round, 2012)

Profile: Originally selected by the Brewers out of high school in the 15th round in 2001, Dillard attended Itawamba Community College in Mississippi for one year, then was selected by Milwaukee again, in the 34th round in 2012.  He signed this time and got his pro career underway a season later.  He worked his way up through the Brewers’ farm system, moving a level per year, until he made his MLB debut with the Brewers in May of 2008.  He bounced back-and-forth between Milwaukee and Triple-A Nashville for the next several seasons and has logged over 500 appearances in his pro career.  A sinker/slider pitcher who hides the ball well with a funky delivery and good command of his offerings, Dillard worked some as a starter earlier in his career, but has worked mainly out of the bullpen in recent years, making only spot starts.  A clubhouse leader who is popular with his teammates, coaches and fans, Dillard could serve in a variety of roles with the Brewers once his playing days are over.

2003:  After signing with the Brewers following the 2012 Draft, Dillard pitched in 11 games for the AZL Brewers in 2013 and went 1-2 with a 3.79 ERA before moving up to Helena and tossing five more scoreless innings of relief in the Pioneer League.

2004:  Dillard got his first taste of full-season ball in 2004, pitching for Low-A Beloit in the Midwest League.  He appeared in 43 games with the Snappers with just one start, and went 2-5 with a 3.94 earned run average while also recording ten saves.

2005:  The Brewers moved Dillard into the starting rotation a year later and sent him to High-A Brevard County.  He started all 28 games he worked in for the Manatees, and wound up going 12-10 with a 2.48 earned run average, tossing five complete games, including a pair of shutouts.

2006:  After a successful move to the rotation in 2005, Dillard made the jump to Double-A a year later, advancing to Double-A Huntsville.  He saw action in 29 games there, starting 25 of them, and finished the year with a record of 10-7 to go along with a 3.15 ERA.

2007:  Dillard continued his climb towards the big leagues, reaching Triple-A Nashville in 2007.  He worked as both a starter and a reliever with the Sounds, logging 133 innings in 34 games and posted a record of 8-4 with a 4.74 ERA.

2008:  The Brewers had Dillard return to Nashville to open up the 2008 season, but it wasn’t long before earned a promotion to Milwaukee, making his MLB debut in late May.  He made 13 relief apperances for the Brewers and 37 more with the Sounds, logging 77.2 innings between the two levels.

2009:  It was more of the same for Dillard in 2009, as he again spent the year bouncing between Nashville and Milwaukee.  Working as a starter once again at Triple-A, he went 11-7 in 24 starts, but didn’t have quite the same success in a pair of relief stints with the Brewers.

2010:  Dillard spent all of 2010 at Triple-A Nashville, starting eight games but working primarily out of the bullpen.  In 41 appearances for the Sounds, he went 5-7 with a 4.12 earned run average, striking out 82 batters in 109.1 innings.

2011:  Back in a strictly relief role, Dillard split time between Milwaukee and Nashville again in 2011. He saw action in 24 games with the Brewers, going 1-1 with a 4.08 ERA and worked in 17 more games with the Sounds, going 4-2 with a 3.58 ERA.

2012:  Dillard saw time at three different levels in 2012, pitching in 34 games for Milwaukee, 14 for Nashville, and three more for Double-A Huntsville.  He posted a 4.38 ERA during his time with the Brewers, but struggled to a combined 8.38 ERA between his two minor league stops.

2013:  The Brewers inked Dillard to a free agent deal in 2013 and he spent the entire season at Triple-A Nashville, pitching in 38 games for the Sounds.  He went 4-2 with a 4.40 ERA in 47 innings and held opposing hitters to a .238 batting average.

2014:  Dillard returned for another season in the Brewers’ organization in 2014 and spent the majority of the season at Double-A Huntsville.  He worked in 43 games there, going 5-3 with a 3.13 ERA, and also made four additional relief appearances with Nashville.

2015:  The Brewers brought Dillard back for another season in 2015, and assigned him to their new Triple-A affiliate in Colorado Springs.  He pitched in 27 games there, starting six of them, and went 3-2 with a 5.50 ERA in 54 innings.

2016:  Milwaukee signed Dillard to another minor league deal in 2016, and again assigned him to their Triple-A squad.  He saw action in 23 games with the Sky Sox, including three starts, and ended the season with a record of 7-1 and a 5.13 ERA.

2017:  Dillard was back with Colorado Springs once again in 2017, appearing in 34 games, including a pair of starts.  He went 3-2 with a 5.17 earned run average, striking out 49 batters in 62.2 innings of work, while also recording one save.