Milwaukee Brewers starter Adrian Houser could be great with the Colorado Rockies
Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Adrian Houser is a name that most Colorado Rockies fans probably aren’t familiar with. Of the Brewers rotation, you’ve probably heard of the 2021 NL Cy Young Award winner Corbin Burnes and Brandon Woodruff, who was came in 5th in NL Cy Young Award voting in 2021 but Houser is lower in their rotation. He could still be an asset in the rotation for the Rockies.
Houser, who turns 29 next month, appeared in 28 games for the Brewers in 2021 (26 starts) and he had a 3.22 ERA (132 ERA+). He had a 4.33 FIP, a 1.279 WHIP, and he averaged four walks and 6.6 strikeouts per nine innings.
He struggled in 2020 (5.30 ERA in 12 games/11 starts) but in 2019, Houser made 35 appearances (18 starts) and he had a 3.72 ERA with an ERA+ of 120. He had a FIP of 3.88, a 1.240 WHIP, and he averaged three walks and 9.5 strikeouts per nine innings.
The thing that makes him intriguing for the Colorado Rockies is his groundball rate. He has had a groundball rate of 57 percent. Among pitchers with at least 300 innings pitched since 2019, that groundball rate is the highest among all 63 pitchers that qualified.
Houser is entering his first season of arbitration so the Rockies could have two or three years of control with him.
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