22-year old pitching prospect Josh Hader will be representing the organization in the MLB 2016 Futures Game taking place at Petco Park in San Diego during All-Star Weekend.
Hader has been one of the most talked about Brewers prospects so far in 2016. After acquiring him via the Carlos Gomez trade with the Houston Astros, Hader started this season with the Double-A Biloxi Shuckers. There, he gave up only six earned runs over 57 total innings, posting a 0.95 ERA, while also holding opposing hitters to a .194 batting average.
Although Hader hasn’t been as dominant after moving up to the Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox, he still has struck out 26 in only 20 innings. After having his first real difficult game last week against the Memphis Redbirds, giving up six earned runs over eight innings, he bounced back throwing five shutout innings and striking out eight against the Round Rock Express.
Cumulatively in 2016, Hader holds a 1.87 ERA and has 99 strikeouts.
In other Brewer news, outfielder Alex Presley has been designated for assignment, while utility infielder and outfielder Jake Elmore has been called up from the Triple-A Sky Sox. Since first being called up, Presley has only been able to post a .198 batting average and an .564 OPS.
Elmore is batting 7th and playing second base tonight for the Brewers as they start a three-game series against the Dodgers.
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