Josh Hader is a left-handed pitcher that the Brewers picked up from the Astros as part of the Carlos Gomez deal. He was originally drafted by the Orioles straight out of high school in 2012. He worked his way quickly up to AA in 2014, but has been at that level since.
Hader has been dominating in his 9 starts with Biloxi this season. He is 1-1 with a 0.79 ERA with 59 strikeouts in 45.2 innings. In 5 of his starts, he did not give up an earned run and he gave up just 1 earned run in each of the other 4.
His best start of the year so far was on on May 16 at Charlotte. He went 6 scoreless innings giving up just 4 hits and 1 walk while striking out 8. He also had a hitless start on April 18 against Pensacola, going 4 innings, walking 3 and striking out 7.
Hader leads the Southern League in ERA and strikeouts and is second in WHIP. He is quickly becoming the pitcher that the Brewers envisioned when he came over from the Astros.
Brewer fans are excited, especially because the starting pitching in Milwaukee was so poor to start the season. Some were calling for Hader to be called up to help the struggling staff, but have since backed off since the big league staff is improving.
There is a chance that Hader gets promoted to AAA Colorado Springs and/or a September call-up this season. He will probably start next season at Colorado Springs and could spend the whole season there. If all goes well, expect to see Hader as a permenant part of the Brewer rotation in 2018.
That rotation in 2018 could include Jimmy Nelson as the ace, Chase Anderson, Zach Davies, and Adrian Houser. If all 5 of them live up to their potential, the Brewer pitching staff will be something to be reckoned with.
Until then, Hader will continue to dominate the Southern League. His next start scheduled for Saturday against Mobile. Hader went 5 innings and gave up 1 run on 4 hits and no walks while striking out 7 against Mobile on April 12.