22-Year-Old Pitcher – Washington Nationals
2013 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
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 ye...
Matt Purke Contract Information:
Signed a four-year, $4.4 million deal in Aug. 2011.
Purke (shoulder) allowed three hits and struck out eight in 4.2 innings at Low-A Hagerstown on Tuesday.
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Washington Nationals Roster
MajorsAbad, Fernando (P)
AABarrett, Aaron (P)
A+Dickson, Ian (P)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
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.