Last week it was announced that Aaron Ashby won the 2019 Robin Yount Performance Award. The award goes to the top minor league performers in the Brewers organization. The award goes to one position player and one pitcher. Trent Grisham won it for hitters which was expected but the pitching award went to lefty, Aaron Ashby.
The 21-year-old was a 4th round pick in 2018 and excelled in his first full season. Between Single A and A+ ball, Ashby went 5-10 with a 3.50 ERA in 24 games and 23 starts. He threw 126.0 innings and had 135 strikeouts with a WHIP of 1.278. Ashby pitched in 68.1 more innings than last season and had a .09 better ERA and a better WHIP by .023.
Ashby has a very deceptive delivery as a lefty which will help him throughout the minor league system and in the majors. He throws a low 90s fastball that looks like it’s in the mid 90s due to his funky delivery. He also throws an extremely nasty curveball that is already MLB ready. He can throw it at different speeds, with different kinds of break and locate it well against lefties and righties. He gets a lot of swings and misses on the pitch and it’s the pitch that will propel him to the majors. Ashby also has a changeup but he doesn’t throw it often enough to be effective, he is mainly a two pitch pitcher.
The Brewers seem excited about what Ashby can bring in the future. According to Brewers’ Farm Director, Tom Flanagan, Ashby has an “advanced feel to pitch” and a quality pitch repertoire that will help him move quickly through the minor league system. It is very tough to find good lefty pitchers in any team’s farm system but Milwaukee has their hidden gem with Aaron Ashby. Fans can expect to see the future starter as early as Mid-2020 in a lefty specialist/long reliever role.