Wooten earns first MLB call-up from Brewers
Former Tar Heel standout and current Sanford resident Rob Wooten was called up from triple-A Nashville to the Milwaukee Brewers Thursday and will join the big league club, and perhaps make his MLB debut, Friday night in Denver.
Wooten, a 25-year-old right-handed closer, has spent the 2013 season with the Nashville Sounds of the Pacific Coast League. He was a PCL all-star in the Triple-A All-Star Game played on July 17 in Reno, Nev. For the season, Wooten has 20 saves in 40 games with a 2.94 ERA. He's recorded 45 strikeouts and 12 walks in 52.0 innings pitched.
"He's got a nice cutter and locates the ball. He's saved a lot of games and doesn't mind being in that pressure situation," said Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke in an Associated Press article.
The Brewers made the move, sending infielder Sean Halton down to Nashville, following a 10-8 loss to San Diego Thursday afternoon in Milwaukee. Wooten and the Sounds had a home game against Albuquerque Thursday.
The Brewers hit the road for a seven-game, six-day trip to Colorado and Chicago. The Brewers play the Rockies at 9:40 p.m. Friday, then 9:10 p.m. Saturday and 5:10 p.m. Sunday. Milwaukee will visit Wrigley Field Monday-Wednesday with a doubleheader slated for Tuesday. The Brewers, who lost three of four to the Padres, are 42-59 and in last place in the NL Central.
"We need a little help in our bullpen, just where we were (Thursday)," Roenicke said in an article on MLB.com.
"(Wooten) doesn't walk a lot of people, he throws strikes. You can trust to bring him into a ballgame and he'll put the ball over the plate. He's done a really nice job this year." said Roenicke.
Wooten graduated from C.B. Aycock High School in Goldsboro before going to UNC-Chapel Hill and helping the Tar Heels to College World Series trips in 2006, '07 and '08.
Wooten, drafted by the Brewers in 2008, spent 2012 split between double-A and triple-A.
Rob is the husband of Katie Wooten of Sanford.