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Matt Purke

23-Year-Old Pitcher – Washington Nationals

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The Nationals treated Purke with kid gloves after 2012 shoulder surgery, and while the cautious approach seemed to pay off when he dominated Low-A in six appearances the lefty found High-A to be a lot...

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LEAGUE: AA    40 MAN: YES   BATS: L   THROWS: L   HT: 6' 3"   WT: 175   DOB: 7/17/1990   DRAFTED: No   Show ContractHide Contract

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Matt Purke Contract Information:

Signed a four-year, $4.4 million deal in Aug. 2011.

July 1, 2013  –  Matt Purke News

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Purke was promoted to High-A Potomac on Monday, the Washington Times reports.

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Year Age Lg Tm G GS SH IP H ER HR K BB W L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
2012 21 A Hag 3 3 0 15.1 15 10 1 14 12 0 2 0 0 0 5.87 1.79
2013 22 A Pot 12 12 0 61.0 67 30 3 41 18 5 3 0 0 0 4.43 1.39
2013 22 A Hag 12 6 0 29.0 25 8 3 41 7 1 1 0 0 0 2.48 1.10
2014 23 AA Har 2 2 0 8.0 15 9 0 7 2 0 2 0 0 0 10.13 2.13

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Injuries have derailed former TCU star Matt Purke, but he's now a Nationals farmhand working his way toward the big leagues in the Arizona Fall League.

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Year Age Lg Tm G GS IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 GB/FB Ratio Strand % Fastball ERA FIP BABIP
2012 21 A Hag 3 3 15.1 8.34 7.15 1.17 0.60 65.4% 5.87 4.79 .329
2013 22 A Pot 12 12 61.0 6.05 2.66 2.28 0.44 67.1% 4.43 3.58 .328
2013 22 A Hag 12 6 29.0 12.72 2.17 5.86 0.93 82.8% 2.48 2.54 .350
2014 23 AA Har 2 2 8.0 7.88 2.25 3.50 0.00 47.1% 10.13 2.20 .491

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Matt Purke: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Purke had another strong outing at Low-A Hagerstown on Sunday, striking out nine over five shutout innings.

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Purke (shoulder) allowed three hits and struck out eight in 4.2 innings at Low-A Hagerstown on Tuesday.

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Purke (shoulder) was activated from the disabled list at Low-A Hagerstown on Tuesday, the Washington Post reports.

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Purke (shoulder) has been optioned to Low-A Hagerstown, the Nationals' official Twitter reports.

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Purke (shoulder) is being brought along slowly this spring, the Washington Times reports.

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Purke is recovering from left shoulder surgery and expected to be fully healthy for spring training, the Washington Times reports.

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Purke has been sent to minor league camp and will begin his pro career at High-A Potomac, the Washington Post reports.

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Purke has been throwing without restrictions during the Nats' fall instructional league in Florida, The Washington Post reports.

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2013

Purke got first-round money after dropping to the third round in 2011 due to concerns over the health of his shoulder, and those concerns proved to be well-founded as he made just three starts last year before going under the knife. The surgery was not serious, as shoulder surgeries go, and he should move quickly through the system if he is at full strength given his plus fastball/slider combo and developing changeup. The Nationals' pitching depth is as good as anyone's though, so Purke likely will not be a factor in the majors until 2014 at the earliest.

2012

Purke was taken in the third round of the 2011 draft by the Nationals after being a former first-round pick by the Rangers in 2009. Many considered him one of the top pitchers heading into the draft, but shoulder bursitis cut his velocity and limited his innings. His fastball sits in the low-90s, and can touch 96 mph. He also implements an above average slider and a fringe change-up. Expect him to spend most of the season in Double-A, and it would be a surprise if he gets any major league action in 2012.