BRANDON Kyle WOODRUFF
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Nickname:   Woody Position:   RHP
Home: N/A Team:   BREWERS - IL
Height: 6' 4" Bats:   L
Weight: 215 Throws:   R
DOB: 2/10/1993 Agent: N/A
Uniform #: 53  
Birth City: Tupelo, MS
Draft: Brewers #11 - 2014 - Out of Mississippi State Univ.
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G IP H SO BB GS CG SHO SV W L OBA ERA
2014 PIO HELENA   14 46.2 48 37 16 8 0 0 0 1 2   3.28
2015 FSL BREVARD COUNTY   21 109.2 112 71 33 19 0 0 0 4 7   3.45
2016 SL BILOXI   20 113.2 88 124 30 20 1 0 0 10 8   3.01
2016 FSL BREVARD COUNTY   8 44.1 33 49 10 8 0 0 0 4 1   1.83
2017 AZL PHOENIX   1 2 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0   4.50
2017 PCL COLORADO SPRINGS   16 75.1 78 70 25 16 0 0 0 6 5   4.30
2017 NL BREWERS   8 43 43 32 14 8 0 0 0 2 3 0.259 4.81
2018 PCL COLORADO SPRINGS   17 71.1 67 68 32 17 0 0 0 3 2   4.04
2018 NL BREWERS   19 42.1 36 47 14 4 0 0 1 3 0 0.226 3.61
2019 NL BREWERS $561.00 22 121.2 109 143 30 22 0 0 0 11 3 0.24 3.62
2020 NL BREWERS $234.00 13 73.2 55 91 18 13 1 0 0 3 5 0.204 3.05
2021 NL BREWERS $3,275.00 30 179 130 211 43 30 0 0 0 9 10 0.2 2.56
2022 MWL WISCONSIN   1 5 2 7 1 1 0 0 0 1 0   1.80
2022 IL NASHVILLE   1 2.2 2 7 1 1 0 0 0 0 0   3.38
2022 NL BREWERS $6,800.00 27 153.1 122 190 42 27 0 0 0 13 4 0.215 3.05
2023 IL NASHVILLE   1 4.2 3 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 0   5.79
2023 MWL WISCONSIN   2 7 6 7 0 2 0 0 0 0 0   1.29
2023 NL BREWERS   11 67 40 74 15 11 1 1 0 5 1 0.172 2.28
Personal
  • Besides baseball, Woodruff also played basketball in high school.

  • In 2011, Brandon was the Rangers' 5th round pick, out of Wheeler High School in Wheeler, Mississippi. But he chose to accept a baseball scholarship to Mississippi State.

  • In 2014, Woodruff got drafted by the Brewers (see Transactions below).

  • In 2017, Baseball America rated Woodruff as the 7th-best prospect in the Brewers organization. In 2018, they moved him up to second best, behind only OF Lewis Brinson.

    BROTHER BLAKE

  • The year 2016 was very tough for Brandon. He depended on his mental toughness to get through it. In July, Woodruff's older brother, Blake, died in an ATV accident back home in Mississippi.

    Woodruff returned to Double-A Biloxi and starred in a 1-0 victory against Pensacola by pitching six shutout innings and bopping his first home run for the only run of the game.

    “He came back after the funeral, and all the things that went with that, and in a very workmanlike way said, ‘Hey, I missed 10 days. I want to make my next start,’” Biloxi pitching coach Chris Hook said.

    “You talk about stuff and competitiveness on the mound, but he is an incredible human being. That can’t be overlooked in all of this.”

    Brandon explained how he was able to deal with the loss of his brother.  “Obviously, that was a tough time,” said Woodruff. “I thought the biggest thing for me was just getting back with the team and getting in that same routine. After that happened, it makes you appreciate life a little bit more. So I just go out in each and every outing and treat it like it’s my last.”

  • If history is any indication, Woodruff might have a tough time replicating his Double-A success after a promotion to Colorado Springs. Then again, in some ways, Woodruff would never want to relive 2016.

    It was that summer that Woodruff emerged as a top-level prospect in Milwaukee's system, earning Brewers' minor league pitcher of the year honors after going 14-9 with a 2.68 ERA and a minor-league leading 173 strikeouts. But it was also a tragic summer; Brandon lost his older brother, Blake, at age 28 in a four-wheeler crash in rural Mississippi.

    Blake, who was 5 years older than Brandon, had largely taught his little brother the game of baseball, allowing him to tag along to high school practice before he went on to play in junior college.

    "Pitching to each other, hitting ground balls to each other and everything in between," Brandon Woodruff said. "He was definitely my biggest influence in baseball."

    Woodruff took a few days away from baseball to be with his family in July. He rejoined his Double-A team on a road trip in Pensacola, Fla. And in his first game back, he hit his first professional home run.

    "I needed to get back with the guys," Woodruff said. "Getting back in the same routine made things seem a little back to normal. After that you learn not to take baseball for granted because you just never know." (Brent Briggeman - April 5, 2017)

  • Oct 2018 (NL Playoffs): Richard Woodruff stood in the hallway outside the Brewers' clubhouse, hands buried in his pockets, overcome with emotion. His eyes swelled. He could barely speak, the weight of what he'd witnessed too much to bear. "They want me to talk about it," Richard Woodruff said, motioning to his wife, Belinda. "But I can't stop crying."

    Richard's tears were sparked by what his son, Brandon, had managed hours before. But they trace back to two years before Brandon sent a Clayton Kershaw fastball feet over the center-field wall and became the unlikely star of Milwaukee's 6-5 win over the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLCS. The tears streamed for who wasn't there to witness it—Brandon's older brother, Blake. "When it plays out the way it did tonight," the senior Woodruff said, "it really makes you think about certain things."

    In 2016, Brandon was in Double-A when Blake died of complications from an ATV accident. After the funeral, Brandon returned to his team with a heavy heart. And six days later, his family watched from home as he enjoyed the finest game of his professional career to that point, homering and earning the victory in a 1-0 win. "It all kind of played out like a movie," Brandon said, remembering that day. "And today was kind of crazy."

    The parallels were impossible to ignore. Not only did Brandon's blast off Kershaw in the third inning shock the 43,615 assembled at Miller Park, he was also awarded the win after throwing two perfect innings of relief to help inch the Brewers closer to their first World Series berth in 36 years.

    "Getting in the clubhouse after the outing was over, you think about it," Woodruff admitted. "You think about what [Blake] would be doing. Probably going crazy."

    Everyone else was. From the stands, Richard couldn't even see his son round the bases, his view blocked by a crowd sent into a frenzy. In the bullpen, Josh Hader's jaw dropped. Brandon greeted Lorenzo Cain so amped after crossing home that Cain said, "He almost broke my arm." 

    For Kershaw, the start was the 344th career game, including the postseason. And he had never before had he allowed a home run to a lefthanded-hitting pitcher. Only twice had any reliever homered in a postseason game—Woodruff joins Travis Wood and Rosy Ryan in that exclusive club. Woodruff also became the first Milwaukee pitcher to homer in a postseason game since the 1958 World Series, when Lew Burdette did so against the Yankees.

    Yet the Woodruffs will remember the homer in the prism of some lesser-known history, theirs. Brandon followed Blake, five years his elder, all over Tupelo, Miss., where they grew up. To practices. To games. Then Blake watched Brandon grow into such a slugger for Wheeler High School that he batted leadoff to discourage teams from intentionally walking him. They walked him nonetheless, and Brandon earned All-State honors anyway.

    Blake "was the guy I learned baseball from," Woodruff said. "He taught me how to play. I owe a lot of what I know now to him." Woodruff's homer for Double-A Biloxi was the first of his professional career. He's now hit two in the Majors, the other coming this July off Pirates righty Nick Kingham.

    "The whole second half of that season, he was pitching for his brother, and he was just dynamite," said pitcher Brent Suter, who was with Woodruff at Double-A two summers before. (J Trezza - MLB.com - Oct 13, 2018)

  • When Brandon was told he had a visitor waiting outside of the Brewers’ clubhouse in Montreal during the final days of Spring Training 2019, he failed to come up with any ideas of who he could expect.

    But when he stepped out to meet his mystery visitor, he couldn’t have been happier, or more surprised, to be reunited with Oil Can Boyd, a former Expos player and childhood coach of Woodruff and his late brother, Blake.

    “He coached my brother, and was with one of my brother’s summer league teams,” Woodruff said. “As a kid, obviously I knew who Oil Can was, playing in the big leagues, seeing everything about him, and he used to throw me [batting practice] because I was at almost every one of my brother’s practices. He tried to show us stuff about pitching, and I was just 10 or 12 years old.”

    Boyd originally made his way to Montreal for business purposes, but when he realized that his fellow Mississippi native was taking the mound against the Blue Jays, he altered his plans to extend his stay.

    “We talked about it back then, when I was little,” Woodruff said. "We have a mutual friend in the town where I lived, and he got in contact with him when I made my debut back in 2017, and he’s kept up with me through my career. He’s known me since I was little, but it was cool getting to see him yesterday. When he saw I was pitching, he said he had to stay an extra night and watch me throw.”

    As the two reminisced about the time they spent together a decade and a half ago Woodruff couldn’t help but smile when he recalled the early days of seeing his brother and Boyd play sandlot baseball.

    “At the time he was playing semi-pro ball, with guys who either played in college or were out there for some fun, and some former pro guys like Oil Can,” Woodruff said. “It was sandlot baseball, and teams would meet up on Sunday evenings after church and play.

    “I remember my brother playing on those teams with him, and some of the fields there would be goats tied to the fence, eating the grass and stuff, so that brought back some memories.”  (Brudnicki - mlb.com - 3/26/2019)

  • July 6, 2019: Woodruff is joining Milwaukee’s contingent of All-Stars. The 26-year-old was named a replacement on the National League pitching staff in place of teammate Josh Hader, who was revealed to be battling back soreness of late.

  • Nickname:  WOODY.  Woodruff’s buddy Brent Suter actually looks a touch like Woody, a character in the Toy Story franchise of films. But Woodruff is called this not because of resemblance but because of baseball’s century-old habit of calling everyone a shortened version of their last name with a “Y” tacked on the end.

    “We actually went and saw the 'Toy Story 4' movie—my wife and I with him and his wife,” Davies said recently, “and he had to take a picture with the big Woody cutout, which was perfect.”

  • 2019 Season: Woodruff had a rough April, giving up 18 earned runs in 31 innings and finished the month with a 5.17 ERA. On the bright side, he did end April with three wins and only one loss. Starting in May, Woodruff really started to find his groove. From May 1st through most of July, he had 10 quality starts. This included three double digit strikeout performances, and by July 4 Woodruff had an ERA of 3.67.

    On July 6, Woodruff was added to the National League All-Star team in place of Josh Hader and had a league leading 10 wins. After a three inning, four earned run performance on July 21 Woodruff was placed on the IL and stayed there for all of August and about two weeks of September.

    Fortunately for the Brewers, he returned just in time to help the team grab a Wild Card spot. In two appearances in September, he pitched four innings of no-run, seven-strikeout baseball.

    In the Wild Card game, Woodruff bettered Nationals ace Max Scherzer by pitching four innings of one-run baseball. Woodruff displayed his ace potential in front of a national audience. Unfortunately, the game didn’t turn out like the team and fans had hoped but Woodruff was the bright spot in an otherwise disappointing game. (John Schnabl - Fansided - Oct. 29, 2019)

  • Aug 31-Sept 3, 2020: Brandon was on the paternity list. Kyler Alise Woodruff was born at 11:07 p.m. on Aug 31, weighing 7 pounds. His wife, Jonie, and daughter are doing "great." 

  • July 2021: Woodruff was chosen for the All-Star Game.

  •   Brewers aces build brotherhood in Milwaukee

    “I don’t know if you want us to say we don’t like each other? That’s not it,” said Brandon Woodruff, standing beside Corbin Burnes as they break into laughter during Spring Training.

    There’s no reading between the lines of this longtime relationship; Burnes and Woodruff do like each other, and they respect each other even more. The Brewers’ co-aces have been together since Triple-A Colorado Springs in 2017, the year Woodruff broke into the big leagues as a Brewers reliever, followed by Burnes a year later. Since then, they’ve both started Opening Day, both won the club’s annual pitcher of the year award, both started Game 1 of a postseason series and both made multiple All-Star teams.

    They’ve also both finished in the Top 5 of NL Cy Young Award balloting, but only Burnes won the honor (in 2021). For some duos, that might be enough of a wedge to start a rivalry. Not this duo.

    “They're great because they're really competitive. And that competitiveness, with a guy next to you, it helps. It pushes you to new places,” Brewers manager *Craig Counsell *said. “But I've been around people who are definitely more motivated by other people around them; that’s not really Brandon and Corbin's thing, you know? Not compared to a couple duos that I've been around.” It should come as no shock at all that when Burnes was asked what he’s grown to respect most about Woodruff, it starts with Woodruff’s process between starts. Process is paramount to Burnes, who remade every part of his game between his struggles in the middle of 2019 to his re-emergence in 2020 as an ace, including a new level of mental focus about everything that leads to the moment he steps on a mound.

    “What you want from guys on your team is knowing they put the work in, so when they go out there, they’re giving their best effort to help the team win,” Burnes said. “Woody does that. Freddy [Peralta] does that. All the guys we’ve had together for a long time, we have that trust to know that between starts, we’re going to get our work done.”

    Watching Burnes work over the years, Woodruff has picked up some things for his own process.

    “I’ve asked Corbin about his routine, his in-between pitch stuff, how to lock back in, how to essentially reset yourself to focus on the next pitch,” Woodruff said. “The in-between starts stuff, that’s the time to really sit down and watch each other.” 

    They learn as much from the dominant outings – Burnes’ combined no-hitter in Cleveland stands out, or Woodruff’s 10-strikeout, eight-inning scoreless gem in St. Louis when the Brewers were hunting a postseason berth in 2020 – as from the clunkers. When Burnes is dissatisfied with a start, Woodruff has noticed that he buries his head in his notebook. Burnes meticulously grades his execution percentage from each game in that notebook and jots down ideas for the next time he faces a team. 

    Every time Woodruff sees Burnes really attuned to those pages, “you know he’s going to punch out 10 or 12 the next time out.” (Adam McCalvy - April 11, 2023)

  • Oct 13, 2023: “Brandon is not only one of the best pitchers in our franchise’s history, but is also a valued member of our organization off the field,” Brewers general manager Matt Arnold said in a statement. “He and his wife, Jonie, have gone above and beyond here in the community. Brandon's health is our top priority at this point in time.”

    In parts of seven Major League seasons, Woodruff is 46-26 with a 3.10 ERA and 788 strikeouts over 680 1/3 innings. Among pitchers who have thrown at least 600 innings in a Brewers uniform, Woodruff’s ERA and WHIP (1.05) are the best marks in franchise history, and his 28.9 percent strikeout rate is second-best all-time to Corbin Burnes’ 30.4 percent. (A McCalvy - MLB.com - Oct 13, 2023)

    TRANSACTIONS

  • June 2014: Woodruff was the Brewers 11th round choice in the draft, out of Mississippi State University. And he signed with scout Scott Nichols.

  • Jan 15, 2021: Woodruff and the Brewers avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year contract for $3.2 million.

  • Jan 13, 2023: Brandon again avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year deal with the Brewers worth $10.8 million.

  • Nov 17, 2023: Brandon elected free agency.

  • Feb. 21, 2024: The Milwaukee Brewers and starter Brandon Woodruff agreed to a two-year contract with a mutual option for 2026.. The 31-year-old is expected to miss the entire 2024 season after undergoing shoulder surgery in October.
Pitching
  • Woodruff has a 92-97 mph 2-seam FASTBALL with good movement.  Brandon also spins an 85-88 mph slurvy-SLIDER that gets a 60 grade on the 20-80 scout scale. And he has good feel for his 84-86 mph CHANGEUP.

    Brandon needs to work more on locating his changeup down in the zone. A bulldog on the mound, he pitches with confidence.

    He had control issues in college but has thrown strikes as a pro. With his approach and groundball tendencies, he has a floor as high-leverage reliever. Or he could be a #3 starter. (Spring, 2018)

  • 2017 Season Pitch Usage: 4-seam Fastball: 60.5% of the time; Change 12.7% of the time; and Slider 26.8% of the time.

  • 2018 Season Pitch Usage: 4-seam Fastball 59% of the time, his Sinker 5.5%; Change 10.6%; Slider 23.4%; and Curve 1.5% of the time. Average velocity: 4-seam 96 mph, Sinker 96.2, Change 85.3, Slider 87.7, and Curve 80 mph.

  • 2019 Season Pitch Usage: 4-seam Fastball 40.8% of the time, his Sinker 23.5%; Change 14.2%; Slider 19.2%; and Curve 2.3% of the time. Average velocity: 4-seam 96.8 mph, Sinker 96.4, Change 87.4, Slider 88.8, and Curve 82.3 mph.

  • 2020 Season Pitch Usage: 4-seam Fastball 34.4% of the time, his Sinker 30.5%; Change 17.2%; Slider 11.3%; and Curve 6.7% of the time. Average velocity: 4-seam 96.9 mph, Sinker 96.6, Change 87.1, Slider 88.4, and Curve 83.8 mph.

  • 2022 Season Pitch Usage/Avg. Velo: Fastball 38.5% - 96.4 mph; Sinker 21.4% - 96 mph; Change 16.3% - 86.2 mph; Curve 12.6% - 84 mph; Slider 11.3% - 88 mph.
  • Brandon has a fluid delivery and nice pitcher's body. But his mechanics were a bit inconsistent. Then in 2013, Woodruff lowered his arm slot to a more natural, and comfortable arm slot.

  • He's become more confident in his off-speed pitches.

  • 2016 Improvements: 

    First half:  4.73 ERA, .233 BAA, 1.33 WHIP     

    Second half:  2.32 ERA, .201 BAA, 0.92 WHIP

    Woodruff figured things out and dominated in the second half, limiting hits and missing a lot more bats (10.5 K/9 vs. 8.1 in the first half). The turnaround enabled him to lead the league in WHIP and finish third in ERA. He benefitted greatly by increasing his tempo and rhythm, which allowed him to repeat his delivery more consistently. 

  • In 2016, Woodruff was named the Brewers' Minor League Pitcher of the Year.

  • Woodruff sharpened his command considerably (40 walks) and improved his secondary pitches, a slider and changeup.

    “When he has them both and adds them to his fastball, he has a lot of weapons,” Brewers farm director Tom Flanagan said.

  • MLB Debut (Aug 4, 2017): Woodruff made it to the mound in one piece. That in itself was progress. The rest of Woodruff's night was even better, a tightrope walk of a scoreless Major League debut that lasted into the seventh inning of the Brewers' 2-0 win over the Rays at Tropicana Field.

    The outing came 52 days and 1,000 miles from where Woodruff was supposed to do this the first time around, Busch Stadium in St. Louis, where the Brewers' No. 4 prospect was poised to debut on June 13, 2017 in the first game of a doubleheader, only to strain his right hamstring during a pregame stretch.

    "You know, when that happened in St. Louis I was pretty tore up about it," said Woodruff, 24. "But that was for sure worth the wait. "This is what every kid dreams of," he added, "and I'm glad it happened this way." His start against the Rays spanned 6 1/3 innings before three Brewers relievers completed Milwaukee's sixth shutout win to pull within one-half game of the NL Central-leading Cubs. Woodruff surrendered seven hits—all singles—and two walks, cramming seven of those baserunners into the first three innings but never yielding a run.

    "What was so impressive to me was … the composure he handled the first two innings with," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "He wasn't getting hit hard, but it took him a while to get in the rhythm of the game, and I thought he handled himself well in those tough spots." (A McCalvy - MLB.com - Aug 5, 2017)

  • June 7, 2019: Woodruff reverted to his pre-June form, when he was 7-1 with a 3.22 ERA. He was in attack mode from the start, striking out five of the first six batters he faced and setting the tone for his bounce-back performance.

    “I think to come out and do that, it tells me my stuff is pretty good tonight,” he said. “That just gives you the confidence that no matter if you get into a little jam or whatever it is, you have the confidence that you know you can get a strikeout.”

    “Your eye test should’ve told you what the difference was tonight,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “There was fresh velocity. It was downhill and down. The slider played. The changeup. The stuff was sharp, and it was crisp.”

    The right-hander was able to get a big swing and miss when he needed it. None was bigger than in the final strikeout of his start. Woodruff looked to be fading after giving up a solo home run to Kevin Newman to start the sixth inning, but he responded by retiring Bryan Reynolds and Melky Cabrera to bring up the Pirates’ most dangerous hitter, Josh Bell.

    He didn't give in, and after working the count to 1-2 he emptied the tank, blowing a 98-mph fastball past the swinging Bell on his 99th pitch of the game to strike out his career-high-tying 10th batter. He also reached 10 punch-outs on May 26 vs. the Phillies.

    “When you’re looking at what the starters are doing in that range of the game, to know Wood’s got something left in the tank, you file that away for sure,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.

    The fireballer relied heavily on the fastball, with two-seam and four-seam fastballs accounting for 71 percent (70 of 99) of his total pitches. The changeup (15 percent) and slider (14 percent) took a back seat.

    Woodruff’s average two-seamer registered at 96.4 mph and his four-seamer at 97.1 mph, with his highest for both clocking at 99 mph, according to Statcast.

    The “Here it is, try to hit it” approach provided better results. He threw just 58 percent fastballs when the Pirates tagged him for six runs and 10 hits last Saturday.

    “His fastball was very good tonight,” Counsell said. “Changeup was very good with all the left-handed hitters in there. I thought he made a lot of good pitches all night. “He’s confident in what he’s doing. It’s mainly because of the fastball. He’s got hitters looking for it and throwing it by them. I think the feedback [from] the league has given him a lot of confidence.” (R Dorsey - MLB.com - June 8, 2019)

  • 2019 Season: After pitching both as a reliever and a starter in 2018, Woodruff transitioned to being a full-time starter in 2019 and actually added velocity to his four-seamer, despite the fact it typically ends to go the other way for pitchers. In 2017, Woodruff's average velocity on the pitch was 94.3 mph, in 2018 it was 95.1 mph and in 2019 it was 96.3 mph. Woodruff got the results on the pitch to match, putting his fastball in elite territory.

    Woodruff held hitters to a .264 expected wOBA against his four-seamer, which factors in quality of contact, strikeouts and walks. That ranked second among starting pitchers. The only starter with a lower xwOBA on his four-seamer? That would be Cole. Good company.

    Part of Woodruff’s fastball prowess is the fact that his four-seamer plays off his two-seamer. The xwOBA against his sinker was .269 last season, which was third-lowest among starters. He was the only starting pitcher on the top-five lists for both four-seamers and two-seamers/sinkers in 2019.  –Sarah Langs

  • April 1, 2020: Why Brandon's fastball is so nasty: Woodruff held hitters to a .264 expected wOBA against his four-seamer, which factors in quality of contact, strikeouts and walks. That ranked second among starting pitchers. The only starter with a lower xwOBA on his four-seamer? That would be Gerrit Cole. 

    Part of Woodruff’s fastball prowess is the fact that his four-seamer plays off his two-seamer. The xwOBA against his sinker was .269 last season, which was third-lowest among starters. He was the only starting pitcher on the top-five lists for both four-seamers and two-seamers/sinkers in 2019.  – Sarah Langs

  • July 17, 2020: Brandon Woodruff is Counsell's pick to pitch on Opening Day. The 27-year-old righthander has risen from 11th-round draft pick in 2014 to Brewers Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2016 to National League All-Star in 2019. He is slotted to pitch the 2020 opener against the Cubs at Wrigley Field on July 24.

  • March 18, 2021: It’s official. For the second straight year, righthander Brandon Woodruff is the Brewers’ choice to take the ball on Opening Day.

  • 2021 Season: 179.1 IP, 2.56 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 211 SO.

    Brandon ranked in the top 10 in 10 different statistical pitching categories but received the lowest amount of run support among qualifying pitchers (2.9 runs on average). Don’t let Corbin Burnes' great season distract you from the fact that Brandon Woodruff is a front-line workhorse for Milwaukee.  (Dillon Graff - Oct, 31, 2021)

  • 2022 Season: 13-4, 3.05 ERA, 153 1/3 IP, 11.2 K/9, 2.5 BB/9, 7.2 H/9, 1.1 HR/9

    Despite missing a month due to an injury, Woodruff went on to be an important contributor and very consistent. After a poor first outing of the season in which he allowed 7 runs across 3.2 innings, Woody would only have 3 other outings where he allowed more than 3. And 15 of his 27 games were quality starts, which was second best on the Brewers.

    Despite his very good numbers, he was let down a little by relievers who came in to clean up any mess, as 9 of his runners which were inherited went on to score. (By Caswell - Oct. 12, 2022)

  • Aug. 6, 2023: To begin the game Brandon Woodruff accumulated five straight strikeouts.  With doing this he tied a Brewers franchise record for most consecutive strikeouts to begin a game.

  • 2023 Season: If Woodruff had not been injured in 2023, he could have had another terrific season. Through 67 innings, he posted a 2.28 ERA, a 0.82 WHIP, and struck out 74 opposing hitters. The right-hander made just two starts in April before hitting the injured list with a shoulder injury. He came back to make nine starts in August and September but ultimately required offseason surgery for the injury. (Eric Moratelli - Nov. 18, 2023)
Career Injury Report
  • May 2013: In college, Woodruff had surgery to repair a cracked bone in his elbow.

  • 2015: Brandon missed some time with an oblique strain.

  • June-July 2017: Woodruff was sidelined for about six weeks with a hamstring strain.

  • July 22-Sept 17, 2019: Brandon was on the IL with strained left oblique.

  • May 27, 2022: Woodruff left the game in St. Louis after throwing two warmup pitches in the fifth inning due to what the team termed "right ankle discomfort." 

    May 30, 2022: Brandon was on the IL with a high right ankle sprain.

  • June 10-28, 2022: Woodruff was diagnosed with Raynaud’s syndrome. 

  • April 10-Aug 6, 2023: The Milwaukee Brewers placed ace Brandon Woodruff on the 15-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation.

    June 24, 2023: RHP Brandon Woodruff throws a successful bullpen.  Woodruff said everything "felt clean" in the session, and he's now in the process of working to build his pitch count up. He'll throw again in two days, when he will likely use more of his pitches.

    July 7, 2023: Woodruff said he felt shoulder tightness after his April 7 start against St. Louis, and an April 12 MRI exam yielded a more serious diagnosis than initially expected: the 30-year-old had a sub-scapular muscle strain that required a long rehab. Woodruff began his journey to return to a Major League mound with a 20-pitch bullpen session on June 24 that just consisted of fastballs, followed by a 25-pitch session on June 27 that included offspeed pitches. He expected to throw again in Pittsburgh on June 30 or July 1, but the Brewers opted to scrap those sessions out of caution.

    Woodruff spent the week of July 3 playing catch and is expected to resume mound sessions beginning July 9, just before the Brewers disperse for the All-Star break. 

  • Oct. 2, 2023: Craig Counsell said Brandon Woodruff is out for the wild-card series with a right shoulder capsular injury. "His availability for the postseason is up in the air at this point," Counsell said. Woodruff is in the process of getting a second opinion.

    "It just popped up at the wrong time," Woodruff said, fighting a losing battle with his emotions. "It sucks, man. We've got a good clubhouse, and I want to be a part of that. Sitting here now, I may not. That’s the hard part. But we’ve got a good group, and I think we’ll be fine."I’ll be right in the middle of it."

    Oct 13, 2023: - Brewers right-hander Brandon Woodruff underwent surgery to repair the anterior capsule in his right shoulder. He is expected to miss most, if not all, of next season, according to the club, raising the real possibility that the 30-year-old thrown his final pitch for Milwaukee. 

  • April 2024: It was determined that Woodruff would miss the 2024 season due to his shoulder surgery.