July 26, 2021

What to expect from Eric Lauer (Brew Crew Ball)

The Milwaukee Brewers made their first significant move of the offseason just before the long holiday weekend, landing infielder Luis Urias and left-handed pitcher Eric Lauer in a swap with the San Diego Padres. Urias was obviously the headliner of the deal and looks like he could be a potential fixture in the infield for the long-term future. But given the current state of the organization’s starting rotation depth, Lauer could play just as prominent a role for the Brew Crew in 2020.

Lauer is a native of Ohio who was selected in the 17th round by the Blue Jays as a prep pitcher in 2013, but he reportedly turned down a bonus offer in excess of $1 mil in order to attend college. He earned his degree from Kent State University in three years and was recognized as the NCAA’s National Pitcher of the Year in 2016 after finishing his final collegiate season with a 0.69 ERA in 104.0 innings, the lowest earned run average in college baseball since 1979. That led to the Padres picking him at #25 overall in that summer’s draft, and he inked for a $2 mil signing bonus.

The southpaw rocketed through the minor leagues, appearing in 37 games (36 starts) and tossing 178.0 innings…

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