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 11.90’"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 season’"with 188 in 155 innings’"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.