Examining a potential 2025 Milwaukee Brewers starting rotation
The Milwaukee Brewers are in a win-now window. With aces Corbin Burnes and Brandon Woodruff under control through 2024, barring an extension for either, we will examine the potential future rotation.
The Milwaukee Brewers have some good in-house options locked to be in the post-Burnes/Woodruff starting five. Freddy Peralta and Aaron Ashby have been signed to long-term team-friendly contracts. Peralta inked a five-year 15 million dollar deal, and Ashby signed a five-year 20 million dollar contract last season. Peralta is signed through 2026, while Ashby is signed through 2029.
With Peralta already earning an All-Star nod and Ashby, who has an All-Star caliber arsenal, these two will help make the 2025 rotation competitive.
Peralta has a career era of 3.82 and a win-loss of 30-17. If he can stay healthy, he can be the ace of the 2025 Brewers.
Meanwhile, Ashby only has one pro season under his belt, and we can only fairly judge his true potential once he puts in at least another full year of service. As of now, though, he owns a career era of 4.47 and a negative win-loss of 5-12. He has 126 punchouts in 107.1 innings pitched, giving him a 10.7 K/9.
Now that two spots in the hypothetical starting five have been secured. Who will take the other three spots?
Here's an idea some Brewer fans haven't seen in recent starting rotations. Brewers fans could see two southpaws in the 2025 rotation if Ethan Small can have a bounce-back year.
Small got a brief glimpse of the majors in 2022, a very brief glimpse. In two games, the former top prospect gathered a 7.11 era and allowed eight runs in 6.1 innings.
Before his lackluster debut, Small had solid numbers in the minor leagues. In three levels during the 2021 season, Small owned an era of just 1.98 in 18 games. He had 98 strikeouts in 71.1 innings.
Taking on the fourth spot could be a flame-throwing prospect. Jacob Misiorowski, the tall and lanky prospect, was just selected 63rd overall by Milwaukee in the 2022 draft and appeared in just two games at Single-A Carolina. Misiorowski stands at 6'7" and 190 lbs today, but seeing as he's only 20, he is expected to fill out and turn into a flamethrowing arm. However, he will need to progress extensively in 2023 to have a shot at the 2025 rotation.
Last but not least is Robert Gasser. Gasser remains the only player from the infamous Josh Hader trade with the organization after the trade of Esteury Ruiz to Oakland. Possessing a minor league career ERA of 3.67 as opposed to his college level of 4.64, in 2022 between 3 levels in the minor leagues, Gasser had a negative win-loss of 7-12 but held a respectable era of 3.94. He doesn't throw hard but managed to strike out 172 batters in 132 innings. Gasser has a very good chance to make his MLB debut in 2023, especially if the Brewers see an injury during the season.
The next couple of seasons are quite interesting in Milwaukee regarding their rotation and plans to continue to compete. We will need to wait and see how the Brewers decide to address the current contract situations of two of the best pitchers in Brewers' history to gauge what the future holds.