The Brewers have rattled off three straight wins versus the Rockies since coming out of the all-star break. In those three games, they scored 25 runs. However, they have relied heavily on the bullpen the last few days as Corbin Burnes, Brandon Woodruff, and Eric Lauer all posted short starts. With Ashby set to take the mound in game four, the Brewers have a TBA for the starting pitcher in game one against the Twins. However, they have just recalled Ethan Small from Nashville, and it is likely he gets the start Tuesday night.
The Ethan Small Move
Obviously, the move comes with a corresponding move of sending someone down. Unfortunately, in order to bring Small up from Nashville, the Brewers designated Connor Sadzeck for assignment. Ethan Small is the Brewers’ top pitching prospect and has already made a start this year. Here are his stats from his last start:
- 2.2 IP
- 4 K
- 4 H
- 2 ER
- 4 BB
Although the numbers from his last outing are not great, it is worth noting that Small looked great in his first two innings. The damage came in the third when Counsell eventually pulled him from the game. Hopefull Small posts a better second outing like Aaron Ashby did last year. Small has made 15 starts in Nashville for the Sounds and has a 3.34 ERA with a 1.23 WHIP.
Is Ethan Small Here to Stay
It’s tough to say what the Brewers will do with the talented lefty moving forward. If Small starts Tuesday and performs well he could find himself in the rotation for a while as Jason Alexander did. The Brewers are down two starters right now with Adrian Houser and Freddy Peralta working back from injury. Small could contribute as a starter while Houser and Peralta work back, and then find himself in a bullpen role. The Brewers bullpen has had some rough outings recently, and Small is a guy who could end up giving it a boost.
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