The Brewers today will call up their second elite prospect of the season from Triple-A Nashville with the promotion of righthander Yovani Gallardo. He likely will replace the injured Chris Capuano in the rotation.
The 21-year-old Gallardo’s minor league credentials are non-paralleled. He leads all pitchers with 110 strikeouts, and his 12.75 strikeouts per nine innings mark comfortably surpasses that of Dodgers lefthander Clayton Kershaw, who’s second with 11.90â€”and that’s while facing low Class A competition. Gallardo, the Brewers’ second-round pick in 2004 from a Fort Worth high school, has gone 8-3, 2.90 in 77 2/3 innings, and his .189 opponents average is seventh-best in the minors.
Prospect watchers will also remember that Gallardo was the minors’ strikeout champion last seasonâ€”with 188 in 155 inningsâ€”when he pitched for high Class A Brevard County and Double-A Huntsville.
The Brewers called up third baseman Ryan Braun on May 25, and all he’s done is hit .303/.347/.561 through his first 17 games, while batting in the middle of Milwaukee’s lineup.
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