Milwaukee Brewers right-handed pitcher Johnny Hellweg has struggled mightily in his first year in the big leagues. However, that could be all in the past as the Brewers are hoping Hellweg’s first career win is the first of many.
Hellweg surrendered three earned runs on four hits against the Chicago Cubs on Saturday. However, the fact that he went a career-high six innings is certainly something to look at. At this point in the season, it is important for the young players to build off of each outing. Hopefully, the 24-year-old will be able to do just that when he takes the mound next.
“It feels good to go out there and put up six innings and give the team a chance to win,” Hellweg said, according to Brewers.com. “It’s a good feeling to have going into my next start.”
Hellweg got stronger as the game went on, which is certainly encouraging. For someone who has not had a lot of success in the majors thus far, it was good to see him start pitching better.
“That was good to see,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke told Brewers.com. “As the innings went on, his stuff got better, his location got better, [and] I thought he pitched more with his changeup and breaking ball. So, hopefully this is the guy we’re going to see [in the future].”
The Brewers definitely have high expectations for Hellweg going forward. The hope is that he uses all the knowledge he is absorbing in the majors this month to continue to get better so that he can become a top pitching asset for the team in the near future.