His 5.27 ERA over four Double-A starts is misleading as he gave up six runs in two-thirds of an inning in his last outing. Before that, he had allowed only three runs over 14 innings for a 1.93 ERA. His 11.01 K/9 ratio would've put him atop the full-season leaderboard had he pitched enough innings to qualify.
Scouting report: Has a fastball that can reach triple digits, breaking ball, a curve that can be a plus pitch, and he's working on developing a changeup. Makeup in the past has been a question mark, with a suspension for marijuana use.
Upside potential: Think Dwight Gooden, stuff-wise. Worst-case scenario, he's a dangerous back-end reliever.
They said it: "He is a rare talent that is starting to get his act together. Once he locks in, look out." -- Reid Nichols, Brewers Special Assistant to the GM/Director of Player Development
He said it: "I was shocked at first. A lot of other pitchers in our organization are very good. It just so happened I had the opportunity to be Pitcher of the Year."