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Woodruff on road to big leagues
by Steve Beavers
Jun 28, 2014 | 43 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Former Wheeler High School and Mississippi State product Brandon Woodruff threw two innings for the Helena Brewers earlier this week. Woodruff was drafted in the 11th round by the Milwaukee Brewers and is playing in the Rookie Pioneer League.
Former Wheeler High School and Mississippi State product Brandon Woodruff threw two innings for the Helena Brewers earlier this week. Woodruff was drafted in the 11th round by the Milwaukee Brewers and is playing in the Rookie Pioneer League.
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Brandon Woodruff is getting a taste of the big leagues.

The former Wheeler High School product began the road to Major League Baseball on June 23 in Missoula, Montana.

Woodruff, an 11th round selection of the Milwaukee Brewers, saw his first action in the Minor Leagues with two innings of work for the Helena Brewers. Woodruff, drafted following his junior campaign at Mississippi State this season, came on in relief of starter Devin Williams in the Brewers 7-0 loss. He gave up only one hit and a run over two innings of work, striking out three and walking one.

The 6-4 right-hander was previously drafted out of high school by the Texas Rangers in 2011. He turned down the 5th round offer to attend MSU.

"As a kid you always dream of playing in the big leagues," said Woodruff prior to reporting to Helena of the Rookie Pioneer League. "Being drafted was exciting and something I'll never forget."

Woodruff, the son of Richard and Belinda Woodruff of Wheeler, started for five seasons at WHS. He was named Class 1A All-State and also earned Division 1-1A honors his senior campaign. During his senior season, Woodruff led the team with a batting average of .618 and a 1.62 ERA on the hill.

While at MSU, the pitcher was named a Top 125 prospect for the 2014 MLB Draft by Perfect Game. In 2014, he appeared in 15 games for the Bulldogs, making six starts while registering a 1-3 mark.

In 37.1 innings of work, Woodruff fanned 29 and walked 25 in finishing the season with a 6.75 ERA.

Woodruff made his college debut with the Bulldogs in 2012. He came off the bench to play right field and collected his first career hit Feb. 25 versus Mississippi Valley.

The Wheeler graduate fanned a career-high eight batters in his initial career start on the mound against South Alabama in 2012.

(Brant Sappington contributed to this article.)
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