After having Tommy John surgery on July 31st, 2018, the Milwaukee Brewers could be getting utility pitcher and fan favorite, Brent Suter, back by late August.
The 6’5” 29-year-old lefty was having one of the best seasons of his career in 2018 before having elbow troubles. He was providing great value for the Brewers as a back end starter with the ability to come out of the bullpen. In 2018, he pitched in 20 games, started 18 of them, and had a 4.44 ERA in 101.2 innings pitched. His best stretch of the season came between April 27th and July 21st when he pitched in 11 games and had an ERA of 3.47 in 57.0 innings.
For his career, Brent Suter has pitched in 56 games for the Brewers in which he has started 34 of them. Suter has a career ERA of 3.91 in 204.2 innings and has also struck out 163 batters.
Brent Suter has a great combination of three pitches that he can locate and throw with confidence. He has a four-seam fastball that he throws in the upper 80s as well as a nasty slider that he can throw with the same velocity. The fastball and slider are his main pitches but he can also sprinkle in a change-up that he throws in the upper 70s that tails away from a right handed hitter. These three pitches make Suter a tough pitcher to time up and also makes him a good lefty specialist.
When it comes to his recovery, everything coming from the Brewers’ front office and Suter’s camp is saying he’s been doing great and is slightly ahead of schedule. When he first had the Tommy John surgery it was believed Suter would not even come close to pitching in 2019 but now optimists believe he will be back by early September or even late August. Suter has been throwing bullpen sessions since late May and has even pitched in two games for the Brewers rookie level team this season. In Suter’s two rookie level games he has thrown 2 innings, struck out 4, and given up 0 runs without allowing a base runner.
Brewer fans should be excited to get Suter back. He can be a starter, a long reliever, and a setup man, which in turn, can take the pressure off other Brewer pitchers. Also, at the end of the season when the bullpen starts to get fatigued, adding a fresh new arm could be what Milwaukee needs to make a playoff push.