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Brewers promote Josh Hader to majors

The lefty will start out as a reliever.

MLB: Spring Training-Milwaukee Brewers at Texas Rangers Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports

The Brewers have promoted lefty pitching prospect Josh Hader to the majors, as first reported by FanRag’s Robert Murray.

Hader, 23, will begin his major-league career as a reliever after posting a 5.37 ERA in 12 starts with Triple-A Colorado Springs so far this season. The southpaw is ranked as the third-best prospect in a strong Milwaukee system by MLB.com, coming in as the 33rd-rated prospect in all of baseball.

Hader was originally drafted by the Orioles in the 19th round of the 2012 draft and has been traded twice as a minor-leaguer. Originally sent from Baltimore to the Astros as part of the Bud Norris trade in 2013, Hader was shipped from Houston to Milwaukee as part of the package that sent Carlos Gomez and Mike Fiers to the Astros at the 2015 deadline.

Hader has struggled a bit at Triple-A, but still projects as a starter in the bigs due to his electric stuff (93-97 mph) and strikeout potential. For now, he’ll be the only lefty in a Brewers bullpen that includes eight righties at the moment.