09 Mar

something’s brewing

Brandon Woodruff’s Cactus League debut went well. The former Wheeler High and Mississippi State standout worked a scoreless, hitless inning for Milwaukee against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday in Phoenix. He walked two and struck out one. Woodruff, drafted by the Brewers in 2014, was the organization’s pitcher of the year in 2016 and is rated their No. 7 prospect by Baseball America. He is not on the 40-man roster, but some projections say he’ll make the big leagues this season. A 6-foot-4, 215-pound right-handed starter, Woodruff won 14 games at two levels last year, going 10-8 with a 3.01 ERA at Double-A Biloxi. He is one of three Mississippians in the Brewers’ camp trying to earn jobs on their pitching staff. Ole Miss alum David Goforth, a non-roster invitee, has worked in four spring games (4.0 innings) and posted a 4.50 ERA. Goforth made 30 relief appearances with the Brewers in 2015 and ’16 but spent most of last season in Triple-A. Tim Dillard, the 33-year-old ex-Itawamba Community College star, also has seen some duty in the big league camp. He made his second appearance on Wednesday, getting the last out in the 7-2 win over the Dodgers. Dillard, whose last MLB appearance was in 2012, pitched in the Brewers’ minor league system in 2016 and re-signed in the off-season.

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