HADER, JOSH

Position: Pitcher

DOB: April 7, 1994

Height: 6’3″ / Weight: 185

Bats: Left / Throws: Left

40-man roster: Yes

How acquired: Trade with Astros (July 30, 2015)

Profile:  Acquired from Houston in 2015 along with pitcher Adrian Houser and outfielders Domingo Santana and Brett Phillips, Hader quickly established himself as one of the Brewers top pitching prospects. Originally drafted by Baltimore in the 19th round of the 2012 draft, he was traded to Houston in 2013 as part of a trade deadline deal that sent pitcher Bud Norris to the Orioles. Hader spent the majority of 2014 at High-A Lancaster where he was selected as the California League’s Pitcher of the Year. He opened 2015 at Double-A Corpus Christi before being traded to Milwaukee, then following the trade he made seven starts for Biloxi, before going to the Arizona Fall League. He returned to Biloxi to open 2016 but quickly earned a promotion to Colorado Springs where he finished out the season with the Sky Sox. A quick worker with a good mound presence, Hader attacks opposing hitters with a deceptive delivery from a low 3/4 arm slot. He relies on a mid-90’s fastball with good movement to go along with a low-80’s change and a nasty backdoor slider. Hader doesn’t have prototypical mechanics and some believe he’s better suited for a bullpen role, but Milwaukee believes in him as a starter and will look for him to be a key part of their future rotation.

2012: Hader signed with the Orioles for $40,000 following the draft and began his career in the Gulf Coast League where he saw action in 12 games, recording a pair of saves and striking out 35 batters in 20.1 innings of relief. That earned him a promotion to Aberdeen in the New York-Penn League where he finished out his first season with five more scoreless relief outings.

2013: Moving up to Low-A Delmarva to open the 2013 season, Hader moved into the starting rotation and was selected to the South Atlantic League All-Star team after posting a 2.65 ERA in 17 starts for the Shorebirds. He was traded to Houston in late July and joined the Astros Low-A affiliate in Quad Cities following the deal. Hader picked up where he left off, allowing just eight runs over five starts for the River Bandits to finish out the year, holding opposing hitters to a .182 average in 22.1 innings of work.

2014: Hader moved up to High-A Lancaster in 2014, and in a ballpark generally known to favor the hitters, turned in another solid pitching performance. In 22 games, 15 starts, he went 9-2 with a 2.70 earned run average while striking out 112 in 103.1 innings, earning a spot on the California League All-Star team. He moved up to Double-A Corpus Christi in August and finished out the season with the Hooks, appearing in five more games and striking out 24 batters in 20 innings.

2015: After getting a taste of Double-A in 2014, Hader returned to Corpus Christi in 2015, logging 65.1 Texas League innings. In 17 games, 10 starts, he went 3-3 with a 3.17 earned run average before being dealt to Milwaukee in July. Following the trade, Hader moved to the Brewers Double-A team in Biloxi where he made seven more starts, posting a 2.79 ERA with a WHIP of 0.98.

2016: Sent back to Biloxi to open the 2016 season, Hader carved up Southern League hitters, going 2-1 with an 0.95 ERA in 11 starts for the Shuckers. He gave up just six earned runs over 57 innings of work, striking out 73 and hold opposing hitters to a .194 average. That dominant stretch earned Hader a spot on the Southern League All-Star team and a promotion to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Like most pitchers, Hader struggled with the elements at Colorado Springs, going just 1-7 with a 5.22 ERA in 14 starts but still managed to put up big strikeout numbers, punching out 88 batters over 69 innings and earned himself a trip to San Diego to represent the Brewers in the Futures Game at Petco Park.

Pre-Season Prospect Rankings
2017 (#3)
2016 (#6)