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Birth Date2-10-1993
Height6' 4"
Weight243 lbs
Age30 years, 7 months, 24 days
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

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2017 MIL MLB 8 8 43.0 2 3 0 43 14 32 5 97 9.0 2.9 1.0 6.7 50% .292 1.33 4.38 4.81 107 5.65 120.2 0.0
2018 MIL MLB 19 4 42.3 3 0 1 36 14 47 4 99 7.7 3.0 0.9 10.0 54% .294 1.18 3.26 3.61 85 3.16 70.6 0.9
2019 MIL MLB 22 22 121.7 11 3 0 109 30 143 12 95 8.1 2.2 0.9 10.6 46% .320 1.14 2.96 3.62 78 3.23 66.3 3.4

Statistics for All Levels

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2014 HEL Rk PIO 14 8 46.7 1 2 0 48 16 37 2 9.3 3.1 0.4 7.1 0% .307 1.37 4.20 3.28 96 3.84 81.2
2015 BRV A+ FSL 21 19 109.7 4 7 0 112 33 71 2 93 9.2 2.7 0.2 5.8 0% .316 1.32 3.09 3.45 105 5.48 120.2
2016 BRV A+ FSL 8 8 44.3 4 1 0 33 10 49 2 104 6.7 2.0 0.4 9.9 52% .277 0.97 2.50 1.83 79 2.63 58.0
2016 BLX AA SOU 20 20 113.7 10 8 0 88 30 124 4 93 7.0 2.4 0.3 9.8 49% .286 1.04 2.48 3.01 78 2.68 59.3
2017 MIL MLB NL 8 8 43.0 2 3 0 43 14 32 5 97 9.0 2.9 1.0 6.7 50% .292 1.33 4.38 4.81 107 5.65 120.2
2017 CSP AAA PCL 16 16 75.3 6 5 0 78 25 70 8 119 9.3 3.0 1.0 8.4 49% .323 1.37 4.44 4.30 94 3.74 79.7
2017 BRR Rk AZL 1 1 2.0 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 107 9.0 4.5 0.0 4.5 43% .286 1.50 4.72 4.50 101 3.53 75.1
2018 MIL MLB NL 19 4 42.3 3 0 1 36 14 47 4 99 7.7 3.0 0.9 10.0 54% .294 1.18 3.26 3.61 85 3.16 70.6
2018 CSP AAA PCL 17 17 71.3 3 2 0 67 32 68 8 111 8.5 4.0 1.0 8.6 50% .296 1.39 4.76 4.04 100 3.59 75.8
2019 MIL MLB NL 22 22 121.7 11 3 0 109 30 143 12 95 8.1 2.2 0.9 10.6 46% .320 1.14 2.96 3.62 78 3.23 66.3

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2017 720 0.4972 0.5028 0.8066 0.6676 0.3398 0.8536 0.7154 0.1934
2018 746 0.5134 0.4491 0.7493 0.6345 0.2534 0.8025 0.6087 0.2507
2019 1976 0.5299 0.5091 0.7435 0.7030 0.2906 0.8043 0.5778 0.2565

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation


Year Team Salary
2023 MIL $10,800,000
2022 MIL $6,800,000
2021 MIL $3,275,000
2020 MIL $633,100
2019 MIL $561,400
2018 MIL $550,100
2017 MIL $
5 yrPrevious$11,819,600
6 yrPvs + Cur$22,619,600
6 yrTotal$22,619,600


Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 161 d1 year/$10.8M (2023)

  • 1 year/$10.8M (2023). Re-signed by Milwaukee 1/13/23 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$6.8M (2022). Re-signed by Milwaukee 3/22/22 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$3.275M (2021). Re-signed by Milwaukee 1/15/21 (avoided arbitration)
  • 1 year/$633,100 (2020). Re-signed by Milwaukee 3/20.
  • 1 year/$561,400 (2019). Re-signed by Milwaukee 3/19.
  • 1 year/$500,000 (2018). Re-signed by Milwaukee 3/18.
  • 1 year (2017). Contract selected by Milwaukee 6/13/17.
  • Drafted by Milwaukee 2014 (11-326) (Mississippi State). $2.7M signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

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2021-04-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Craig thanks for the chat. What NL pitchers are looking for to have better than expected years?
(sykklone from IA)
These are always tough because it's hard to know how in-depth we're talking. Topline guys? I am really in on Brandon Woodruff and Corbin Burnes. Less topline wise I have stashed Adrian Houser in a few deep leagues. He's not on the other guys' level, but I've always liked his stuff and I think that defense in MIL could be special. Other names that stand out to me a bit: Tejay Antone, Sandy Alcantara (Craig Goldstein)
2021-02-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)For Dynasty purposes, why do you prefer Flaherty to Woodruff?
(Buff from Colorado)
It is very close, but Jack Flaherty is nearly three years younger Brandon Woodruff, he plays in a more favorable pitching environment, and his primary secondary pitch (slider) is one of the best in the game. Woodruff has a more balanced arsenal and a better fastball, and a case certainly can be made that he has comparable upside with less risk than Flaherty. Both are excellent, but Flaherty's youth, home park & whiffs give him a slight edge. (Jesse Roche)
2019-06-10 20:00:00 (link to chat)Fill in the blanks: Brandon Woodruff is the __th best pitcher in baseball at this time next year, because ______
(Mike from Albany)
78th, because there are a whole lot of pitchers and because I haven't fully bought in yet. 78th is really not an insult though! (Ben Carsley)
2019-05-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)How real is Brandon Woodruff? I mean, I know he's a real person, but how real is this version of him? I just the trigger on a trade for him this week in a dynasty league.
(Flipai from Maryland)
Moderately. I have been surprised he's averaging close to six innings per start more than anything maybe. I think given his fly ball rate and the rabbit ball, we might see some regression on home runs and that could lead to shorter starts and less effectiveness. His stuff is good, though. (Craig Goldstein)
2019-04-10 21:00:00 (link to chat)In a non-keeper points league, where Wins and QS are heavily weighted, how do you rank these players ROS? J Quintana, N Eovaldi, M Strahm, K Gausman, M Shoemaker, M Fried, B Woodruff, T Skaggs, S Matz, J Teheran, J Urias
(rjblakel from Melbourne)
OK, so I can provide fantasy opinions, just be warned they won't be super informed on the nitty-gritty fantasy strategy. On that list, I'd separate your options into 3 groups:

Known quantities (for better or worse): This would be Quintana, Shoemaker and Teheran. They're going to pitch as long as they're healthy. And they're going to go 6 or so innings if performance allows for it at all. There's just some chance you're going to have a lot of 3-5 run starts without great K numbers, and maybe not even many wins.

Traditionally used starters with some upside: Skaggs, Gausman, Matz and Eovaldi. They will have the opportunity to go 6 or 7, but they're still figuring things out. It could go great! But it might occasionally go poorly. I like Skaggs and Matz from this group if you're looking for QS and some modicum of safety.

The others are upside plays only. You have no idea if they'll start, or if they'll go more than 4 innings when they do. That's just the reality of it. Of the bunch, the one who feels most likely to me to accumulate QS and wins THIS season is Brandon Woodruff, but Urias will have the best ratios by far. (Zach Crizer)
2017-08-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)which of these pitchers do you feel will be a factor in a starting rotation for the long run. How would you rate them? Nick Pivetta, Phi¬†SP,Austin Pruitt, TB Brandon Woodruff,Mark Leiter Jr., Phi. thank you for all your time you put into these news letters, question and answers. OB1
(OB1 from Tampa)
I must confess that I just don't know Leiter very well. I would rank the other three: Pivetta, Woodruff, Pruitt. Wish the Rays would stop teaching guys such momentum-stopping timing mechanisms. Pruitt looks like a man feeling the water in the hot tub before climbing in on every pitch, and I think it hurts more than it helps. (Matthew Trueblood)
2017-02-14 12:00:00 (link to chat)Were Brock Stewart and Brandon Woodruff considered at all? Both pitched extremely well in 2016, so I'm curious about their outlook.
(Chipshot212 from MA)
Performance over stuff guys. Both should pitch in the majors and may even have long careers at the backend of rotations, but not enough upside to get much list chat. I will say I think we were probably too low on Woodruff w/r/t the Brewers list in hindsight. (The Top 101 Prospect Chat with Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi, Jeffrey! Thanks for the chat. I'm curious about Brewers prospect¬†Brandon Woodruff. His numbers last year look dominant (4.3 K:BB, led the minors in Ks with 173), and I read some reports that he was hitting the upper-90s with his fastball deep into games. Other scouts seem unsure about his arm motion and command. What do you think his future big league contribution looks like? We're starved for pitching prospects in Milwaukee, so it's easy to fantasize about Woodruff, Hader, Ortiz, and even Jorge Lopez all hitting their ceilings as average-or-better starters.
(Jake from Wisconsin)
Yeah, you pretty much have it. Plus fastball with some questions about all the other stuff you need to start. If we ranked 15 guys he'd have made it on the Milwaukee list, it's a really good system, and I have to make a cutoff somewhere to get 30 lists out in 12 weeks. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2016-09-26 20:00:00 (link to chat)Curious for your take on Brandon Woodruff and Chance Adams?
(Thomas from MA)
I like Woodruff. He has good strikeout rates, walk rates, and hit rates so far and he he's tall with mid-90s velocity. He's not that far away, either, after spending most of this season in Double-A.

I don't now as much about Adams, but his stat line sure is pretty. (Scooter Hotz)
2016-09-12 23:00:00 (link to chat)Should I drop low level arms like Oscar De La Cruz or Franklyn Perez for Chance Adams or Brandon Woodruff? Deep dynasty for pitching where a productive MLB SP is useful or prospects with rankings shine.
(Majortom from TX)
Sorry this is a little slower tonight, I'm having some connectivity issues...

This is as interesting a question on a philosophical level as it is a real one with these actual guys. I trend towards the camp of grabbing utility from high-minors arms over banking on high-risk upside arms in the low minors in general, though I'll note that there's some context dependence there, and certain arms are exceptions. Adams is a guy I'd grab; Steve Givarz put up a solid report on him back in June, and I'm not convinced he can't be a useful deeper-league starter. Woodruff's another guy who's interesting for those speculating on present/immediate future value. I'm awful giddy about Perez after Mau's recent musings on him, and I'd be tempted to hold him for now. But a guy like De La Cruz yeah, I might nix (or at the very least hope to trade for a pick or something) in favor of a closer arm with more immediate utility in a deeper league.

Adams report:
Perez report: (Wilson Karaman)
2016-08-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)Brandon Woodruff is dominating. Reports are he's holding velo late into games, 95-96, hearing from different scouts plus change, plus curve. Do we have a potential 2-3 starter? Lance Lynn/DeGrom comp? Are experts ready to put him top 100 or too old?
(Jeb from Johnson City)
Woodruff has been incredible, and he's always had a big fastball. I'm not sure the secondary stuff is as good as you're suggesting. As of now, I've heard that he has a great chance to stick as a back-end starter who eats up innings. Pop-up guys like this need to establish a bit of track record before I start throwing no. 2 starter potential on them. Take Jorge Lopez from a year ago, for example. (J.P. Breen)
2016-08-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Brandon Woodruff. Scouting report reads nice. Numbers are filthy good
(Jeb from Johnson City)
I mentioned Woodruff earlier, but I heard some really good stuff on him in the Florida State League before he got promoted to Double-A Biloxi. He's pitching with confidence and has really taken a step forward with his command. His future depends on the development and the consistency of his offspeed stuff. (J.P. Breen)
2016-08-15 22:00:00 (link to chat)Brandon Woodruff reports say he's holding velocity, 96 mph in 6th, location is impeccable at the moment, different scouts have graded curve and change as plus... when do we say this guy is a legit prospect, upside of #2-#3 starter?
(Jeb from Johnson City)
Those secondary grades are a healthy bit inflated over what I've heard on him, but the fastball's legit and he's made extremely impressive strides commanding it, to where a once-assumed bullpen future isn't such a given after all. (Wilson Karaman)

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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Brandon Woodruff has thrown 11,556 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2017 and 2023, all of them occuring in Spring Training. In 2023, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (96mph) and Sinker (95mph), also mixing in a Change (86mph), Slider (87mph) and Curve (83mph).