Wheeler’s Brandon Woodruff got to the major leagues on the strength of his arm, but he’s making an impact with his bat, too.
The former Mississippi State pitcher is hitting .714 (5 for 7) and helped himself with a two-run double Tuesday night in an 8-4 win over St. Louis.
Woodruff (2-1) gave up seven hits and two runs in 5 2/3 innings in his fourth start of the season. He has a 5.23 ERA in his first season as a rotation regular.
Monday night, Woodruff hit a pinch-hit double against a fellow MSU product, Cardinals starter Dakota Hudson.
“The swings he’s taking make you want to put him up there,” said manager Craig Counsell.
Woodruff, a 26-year-old right-handed thrower who bats left-handed, homered off Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in last season’s NL Championship Series.
“We might have to get him in there every day,” joked Milwaukee right fielder Christian Yelich, the reigning MVP, who had nine home runs in his first 18 games.