Entering a four game series vs the Chicago Cubs, the Milwaukee Brewers had a few questions marks regarding their starting rotation. It all started last week when Adrian Houser and Eric Lauer were placed on the COVID IL. They were projected to start Tuesday and Wednesdays games. Monday nights game was post-posted and afterwards it was announced that Aaron Ashby will get a second chance vs the Cubs on Tuesday.
Freddy Peralta is scheduled to start Game 1 of Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Cubs and Aaron Ashby will be recalled to start Game 2.
— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) August 10, 2021
Ashby was initially promoted to the big leagues in June. Prior to that, he transitioned from a starting pitcher in the minor leagues to the bullpen. This move was made to familiarize him in that role with the potential to do it at the big league level this year. The Brewers have utilized this strategy in the past with good success.
On June 30th, 2021 Ashby was promoted to the big leagues. His major league debut came against the Cubs and things did not go according to plan. He allowed seven runs (four earned), surrendered four hits, and walked three batters as the games starter. His defense was not sharp behind him either, which certainly did not help.
Following that game, Ashby was immediately optioned back down to the minors. Since then he has again resumed his role as a starting pitcher. Initially, he was only working a few innings per start, but in his last outing on August 5th he threw six scoreless innings of one hit baseball while striking out 11 batters.
Ashby has always possessed great swing and miss stuff, in fact its likely his greatest tool. Many scouts look to this as a keystone to why he will be a successful major league pitcher. At 23 years old, he has a proven minor league track record that he can indeed rack up the strikeout totals no matter who he is playing against.
Since his MLB debut, two months have passed. Hopefully the results will be different this time around in a “revenge” game vs the Cubs. Again, Ashby will start the second game on Tuesday. The game is slated to start at 7:05 CT.
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