WOODRUFF, BRANDON

Position: Pitcher

DOB: February 10, 1993

Height: 6’4″ / Weight: 215

Bats: Left / Throws: Right

40-man roster: Yes

How acquired: Drafted (11th round, 2014)

Profile: A fifth round pick out of high school by Texas in 2011, Woodruff opted to head to college at Mississippi State rather than sign with the Rangers and after three seasons of college ball, he was again selected, this time by the Brewers, in the 11th round of the 2014 draft. He signed with Milwaukee and made his pro debut with Helena before the Brewers aggressively promoted Woodruff to Brevard County in 2015, skipping him past Low-A Wisconsin. Woodruff returned to Brevard to open 2016 and was dominant in eight starts, quickly earning a promotion to Double-A. His success continued upon joining Biloxi’s starting rotation and that led to him being named the Brewers Minor League Pitcher of the Year for 2016. With a mid-90’s fastball paired with a low-80’s changeup, Woodruff keeps the ball down and has surrendered only ten total home runs over his three pro seasons. He also mixes in a breaking pitch and has shown significantly improved command of all three offerings as he’s developed through the Brewers system.

2014: After signing with the Brewers in June, Woodruff was sent to Helena in the Pioneer League where he got his first taste of pro ball, appearing in 14 games for Milwaukee’s rookie league affiliate. He started eight of the 14 games he saw action in and went 1-2 with a 3.28 earned run average and a WHIP of 1.37. Woodruff got stronger as the season went along and punched out five batters in each of his final two outings.

2015: The Brewers took an aggressive approach with Woodruff in 2015, skipping him over Class-A Wisconsin in order to have him start the season with High-A Brevard County. With less than 50 innings of professional baseball under his belt, Woodruff acquitted himself well, posting a 3.45 ERA for the Manatees while starting 19 of the 21 games he saw action in. Despite his record of 4-7, Woodruff proved to be a reliable starter, more than doubling his work load from the previous season.

2016: Woodruff returned to Brevard County to open the 2016 season, and turned into a one of the dominant starters in the Florida State League, mowing down hitters in his first eight starts for the Manatees to the tune of a 4-1 record with a 1.83 earned run average. He held opposing hitters to a .205 batting average and saw a big jump in his strikeout numbers, punching out more than a batter per inning. That dominant start to the season earned Woodruff a spot on the FSL All-Star team and a mid-May promotion to Double-A Biloxi. One of the hardest jumps for players to make is going from Single-A to Double-A and Woodruff had some rough patches early on, but quickly righted the ship with several dominant outings including a month of July that saw him go 3-1 with an 0.29 ERA as he allowed just one earned run in five starts, spanning 30.2 innings. His year-long dominance led to Woodruff being named Milwaukee’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year as he finished the season with a WHIP of 1.02 while racking up 173 strikeouts in 158 innings of work.

MPP Pre-Season Prospect Rankings
2017 (#9)
2015 (#34)