This afternoon the Milwaukee Brewers placed right-hander Corey Knebel on the disabled list with a strained hamstring. To replace him on the roster, right-hander Adrian Houser has been promoted from Double-A. Here’s a quick take.
Houser was originally drafted by the Houston Astros in the second round in 2011 from high school in Oklahoma. He came to the Brewers as part of the big July 2015 Carlos Gomez deal. Houser had Tommy John surgery in 2016 but returned late in 2017 and was very effective, posting a 1.02 ERA in 18 innings between rookie ball and Low-A with a 27/4 K/BB.
I rated Houser as a Grade C+ prospect pre-season. He wasn’t listed among the Brewers Top 20 Prospects for 2018 but would have been in the 21-25 range and had a case as early as 16.
Listed at 6-4, 235, Houser is 25 years old, born February 2nd, 1993. He has two intriguing pitches: a 92-97 MPH fastball and a plus curveball. His change-up needs more work for him to start at the highest levels but for bullpen use he has enough right now, assuming his command holds up. He looked very sharp late last year with no ill effects from the surgery.
Baseball Census has some nice video from the Arizona Fall League: