Ethan Small

Ethan Robert Small (born February 14, 1997) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Milwaukee Brewers organization.

Ethan Small
Milwaukee Brewers – No. 74
Born: (1997-02-14) February 14, 1997 (age 23)
Jackson, Tennessee
Bats: Left Throws: Left


Small attended Lexington High School in Lexington, Tennessee.[1] He was not drafted out of high school in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft, thus enrolling at Mississippi State University.

As a freshman at Mississippi State in 2016, Small pitched only ten innings. After the season, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod Baseball League.[2] After his freshman campaign, he underwent Tommy John surgery and missed all of 2017.[3][4] He returned as a redshirt sophomore in 2018, starting 18 games, going 5-4 with a 3.20 ERA.[5] In 2019, Small went 10-2 with a 1.93 ERA in 18 starts, striking out 176 batters in 107 innings,[6] and was named the SEC Pitcher of the Year.[7][8] He won the 2019 National Pitcher of the Year Award.[9] He was a unanimous first team All American selection by all 7 reporting agencies.[citation needed] Small features a lively low- to mid-90 mph fastball - scouts often described it as a “rising” fastball - a curveball and changeup.[10] Small has been known to vary his windup timing on his pitches, to give him an advantage over hitters, similar to pitchers such as Marcus Stroman and Johnny Cueto.[11]

Small was drafted with 28th overall pick by the Milwaukee Brewers in the first round of the 2019 Major League Baseball draft. He signed for $2 million. [12][13][14] He made his professional debut with the Arizona League Brewers, and, after two games, was promoted to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.[15] Over seven starts between the two teams, he went 0-2 with a 0.86 ERA, striking out 36 over 21 innings.


  1. ^ "Small isn't affected by Major League scouts at his games". The Jackson Sun.
  2. ^ "Ethan Small - Profile". Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  3. ^ "Thriving after Tommy John, Ethan Small gives Mississippi State hope now and in future". The Clarion Ledger.
  4. ^ Lowery, Logan. "Healthy arms bolster Bulldogs' pitching staff". Daily Journal.
  5. ^ Lowery, Logan. "Bulldogs open new stadium, Lemonis era today". Daily Journal.
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  7. ^ "Ethan Small named SEC pitcher of the Year". The Commercial Dispatch.
  8. ^ "How Mississippi State's Ethan Small earned SEC Pitcher of the Week". The Clarion Ledger.
  9. ^ Lowery, Logan (June 12, 2019). "Small selected National Pitcher of the Year | Sports". Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  10. ^ Murray, Robert. "'This guy is the best pitcher out there': Behind the Brewers' scouting process of Ethan Small". The Athletic. Retrieved August 29, 2019.
  11. ^ Friedman, Rob (May 24, 2019). "Ethan Small, 4 Windups (quick pitch, regular, pause and long pause),". @PitchingNinja. Retrieved August 29, 2019.
  12. ^ Wagner, Andrew. "Patience pays off: Brewers pick left-hander Ethan Small in first-round after lengthy scouting process".
  13. ^ "Brewers take Small in first round of MLB draft". The Commercial Dispatch.
  14. ^ "The Brewers see their top pick, Mississippi State left-hander Ethan Small, as 'the consummate pitcher'". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
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