Josh Hader #71
Went 1-2 with a 3.79 ERA and 13 saves in 21 relief appearances with Milwaukee...Led the National League in saves (13) and ranked among NL relief leaders in opponent batting average (4th, .123) and K/9 IP (5th, 14.68)...Produced 31 strikeouts in 19.0 innings...Did not allow a hit over his first 12 appearances (11.2ip), a Major League record to begin a season...the previous record of 11 games was held by John Franco (Cin-1987), Scott Aldred (TB-1999) and Justin Wilson (Det-2017)...Tied Hall of Famer Hal Newhouser (Det-1942) and Brad Clontz (LAD-1998) for the longest streak of consecutive hitless at-bats (35) to begin a season in the Modern Era (since 1900)...Joined Billy Wagner (NYM-2008) as the only pitchers in Major League history to throw at least 1.0 inning and allow no hits in each of his first nine appearances in a season...Did not surrender a run over his first nine appearances of the season (9.1ip)...Issued 10 walks over his first 10 outings (9.2ip) - including five walks in one-third of an inning on 8/29 vs. Pittsburgh - and none over his last 11 outings (9.1ip)...Was 13-for-15 in save opportunities (86.7%)...Retired 13 of 21 first batters faced (61.9%)...Stranded each of his two inherited runners...Appeared in Game 2 of the NL Wild Card Series at Los Angeles (1.1ip, 2k)...Signed a one-year contract on 1/15/21, avoiding arbitration.
Was named National League Reliever of the Year for the second straight season after going 3-5 with a 2.62 ERA and 37 saves in 61 relief appearances... Was named to the inaugural All-MLB First Team... Was an All-Star for the second time (did not pitch due to back soreness)... Tied the Yankees' Aroldis Chapman for third in the Major Leagues in saves (37), trailing the Padres' Kirby Yates (41) and Astros' Roberto Osuna (38)... His 37 saves marked a franchise record in a season by a left-handed reliever, surpassing Dan Plesac (33 in 1989)... Led Major League relievers with 138 strikeouts in just 75.2 innings (16.41k / 9ip)... His .155 opponent batting average was second among Major League relievers, trailing the Red Sox' Brandon Workman (.123)... Led the Major Leagues with 9 saves of at least 2.0 innings... Made 14 appearances of at least 2.0 innings...the team went 13-1... Was named National League Reliever of the Month for May (10g, 0.71era, 6sv, 12.2ip, 21k, .098ba) and June (9g, 0.68era, 7sv, 13.1ip, 25k, .050ba)...was also named Brewers Pitcher of the Month for June... Was 37-for-44 in save opportunities (84.1%)... Retired 44 of 61 first batters faced (72.1%)... Stranded 25 of 33 inherited runners (75.8%)... On 3/30 vs. St. Louis struck out the side on 9 pitches, becoming the first Brewer to accomplish the feat since Mike Fiers on 5/17/15 vs. Los Angeles-NL... Was the losing pitcher in the NL Wild Card Game on 10/1 at Washington as he allowed 3 runs (2er) in the eighth inning
Went 6-1 with a 2.43 ERA and 12 saves in 55 relief appearances with Milwaukee... Made his first career Opening Day roster... Was an All-Star for the first time... Was named National League Reliever of the Year... Was named Brewers Most Valuable Pitcher as voted on by members of the Milwaukee Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America... Finished seventh in National League Cy Young Award voting... Led Major League relievers with 143 strikeouts in just 81.1 innings (15.82k / 9ip)... Had the most strikeouts in Major League history by a left-handed reliever in a single season and tied for eighth overall all time among relief pitchers in a season... Broke the franchise record for strikeouts by a reliever in a single season, passing Corey Knebel, who had 126 strikeouts in 2017... Notched 16 consecutive outs via strikeout from 9/10-9/21, the most in the Expansion Era... His .132 opponent batting average ranked second among qualifying Major League relievers, trailing only the Rangers' José Leclerc (.126)... Made 23 appearances of at least 2.0 innings...the team went 23-0 in those outings... Produced 7 saves of 2.0+ innings... Earned his first Major League save on 4/14 at New York-NL... Was 12-for-17 in save opportunities (70.6%)... Retired 43 of 55 first batters faced (78.2%)... Stranded 17 of 23 inherited runners (73.9%)... Named National League Reliever of the Month and Brewers Pitcher of the Month for March/April after posting a 1.00 ERA in 11 games (4sv, 18ip, 4h, 3r, 2er, 5bb, 39k, .070ba)... Notched the save in the NL Central tie-breaker game on 10/1 at Chicago... Made 7 scoreless appearances during the postseason (10ip, 5h, 1bb, 16k, .152ba).
Entered 2017 as the second-best prospect in the organization according to Baseball America... Began the season at Triple-A Colorado Springs, where he went 3-4 with a 5.37 ERA in 12 starts... Was recalled by Milwaukee on 6/9...Went 2-3 with a 2.08 ERA in 35 relief appearances with the Brewers... Held opponents to a .156 batting average, which ranked second among qualifying NL relievers, trailing only the Cubs' Carl Edwards Jr. (.134)... His 68 strikeouts (47.2ip) tied the Mets' Josh Smoker (56.1ip) for second among Major League rookie relievers, trailing only the Mets' Paul Sewald (69k in 65.1ip)... His 68 strikeouts in 2017 ranked fourth on the all-time franchise list for rookie relievers, trailing only John Axford (76 in 2010), Jim Henderson (75 in 2013) and Dan Plesac (75 in 1986)... Retired 24 of 35 first batters faced (68.6%)...Stranded 9 of 12 inherited runners (75.0%)... Made his MLB debut on 6/10 at Arizona (1ip, 2bb-1ibb, 1k)...his first strikeout was Jake Lamb... Earned his first Major League win on 7/7 at New York-AL (3ip, 1h, 1r, 1er, 2bb, 7k, 1hr)... Was named to the 2017 Topps All-Star Rookie Team
Went 3-8 with a 3.29 ERA in 25 starts between Double-A Biloxi and Triple-A Colorado Springs...Held opponents to a .223 batting average with 161 strikeouts in 126.0 innings• Began the season at Double-A Biloxi, where he went 2-1 with a 0.95 ERA in 11 starts while holding opponents to a .194 batting average with 73 strikeouts in 57.0 innings ...Was a Southern League All-Star...Pitched in the All-Star Futures Game at Petco Park (0.1ip, 1k)...Was promoted to Triple-A Colorado Springs on 6/11 and went 1-7 with a 5.22 ERA in 14 starts while opponents batted .245 with 88 strikeouts in 69.0 innings ...Was added to the 40-man roster on 11/18...Enters 2017 as the second-best prospect in the organization according to Baseball America.
Was named National League Reliever of the Year for the third time after going 4-2 with a 1.23 ERA and 34 saves in 60 relief appearances with Milwaukee...Became the first pitcher in either league to win Reliever of the Year three times...Was an All-MLB First Team selection for the second time...Was an All-Star for the third time...Led National League relievers (fourth in MLB) with 102 strikeouts in 58.2 innings...His 15.65 K/9IP led Major League relievers...Joined Dan Plesac (1988-89), John Axford (2011-12) and Francisco Rodríguez (2014-15) as the only pitchers in franchise history to have 30+ saves in multiple seasons (Hader had 37 saves in 2019)...Ranked fourth in the National League in saves (34)...Was 34-for-35 in save opportunities (97.1%)...his only blown save came on 7/7 at New York-NL in the first game of a doubleheader...His 1.23 ERA was second among Major League relievers, trailing only the Mets’ Aaron Loop (1.01)...his .127 opponent batting average was second among Major League relievers, trailing only the Dodgers’ Alex Vesia (.126)...Was named National League Reliever of the Month for June after 11 scoreless appearances and eight saves (11ip, 18k, .086ba)...Retired 44 of 60 first batters faced (73.3%)...Stranded four of seven inherited runners (57.1%)...Was on the injured list (COVID-19) from 8/2-8/11...Went unscored upon in his last 21 appearances of the season (20.1ip)...On 9/11 at Cleveland threw a perfect ninth inning (2k) to complete the second no-hitter in franchise history, a combined effort with Corbin Burnes (8ip, 1bb, 14k)...Appeared in two games against Atlanta in the NLDS...notched his first career postseason save in Game 1 and took the loss in Game 4 as he surrendered a go-ahead solo homer to Freddie Freeman in the eighth inning...Signed a one-year contract on 3/22/22, avoiding arbitration.