Brewers Rookie Josh Hader has given up just one run since coming to the majors. It was on a solo blast by current home run leader Aaron Judge in last night’s game. There is no shame in that. As a matter of fact, Hader had gone ten innings without giving up a run before Judge stepped up to the plate.
The young left hander who has dominated so far with an overpowering fastball and a dirty changeup, has struck out thirteen batters in twelve and one half innings of work, has only allowed three hits and carries a .73 ERA. The Brewers have had injuries and struggles in the starting lineup and it would be great to see the youngster get a chance to step up.
At 6’2″, 185 pounds, he is long and lanky but throws a 90+ mph fastball when he is on. He throws from a 3/4 slot which allows his heater to move toward left handed hitters and away from right handers and makes it nearly impossible to hit. He also has a potentially great change up that has amazing movement and can be very dangerous when under control. When it is working it makes his fastball even more effective. Hader also has a slider, but started to use it less in the Minors and hasn’t really felt much of a need for it in a relief role in the Majors.
The Brewers bullpen has stabilized greatly since Hader has been in it. It has been nice for them to have that powerful left-hander that can come in at a variety of points in a game, for different lengths of time and get great results. It just seems like a true waste to keep someone with so much talent in the bullpen, when he seems to have the potential to be a starter and perhaps even an “ace” some day.
For right now he is fitting a very specific role for a team who has already achieved more than most people had expected this season. So I would imagine the Brewers will continue to bring him around slowly, but if the need arises for them to put him in the starting rotation, I hope that he is ready.