We learned yesterday that Jimmy Nelson refused an optional assignment to the minor leagues, causing the Milwaukee Brewers to drop the struggling right-hander from the starting rotation to the bullpen and send Corbin Burnes to San Antonio. That created a vacancy among the starting five that Craig Counsell will fill with Adrian Houser, at least initially:
Adrian Houser will start Wednesday against the Mariners in Jimmy Nelson's spot.— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) June 23, 2019
Houser has made two starts for the big league Brewers this season, one a four-inning spot start on the road in St. Louis and the other serving as an opener for Freddy Peralta. Houser was a regular starter for the Triple-A Missions this year while pitching in the minor leagues but has worked primarily in relief for almost two months now while up with the Cream City Nine, so it is unclear just how deep he’ll be able to go in Wednesday’s contest, which could wind up being a bullpen game. We also don’t know yet if Houser will continue in the rotation going forward, or if he’s just helping the club bide some time until Gio Gonzalez returns to active duty.
Whatever ends up happening, the value and versatility of Adrian Houser continues to be indispensable for the club in 2019. After recording a hold yesterday with a 1-2-3 inning, his ERA stands at 2.27 though 16 outings and 31.2 innings on the season. He has struck out 36 batters against 12 walks, leading to marvelous marks like a 76 FIP- and 52 DRA-.
Statistics courtesy of Fangraphs and Baseball Prospectus