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Matt Purke

24-Year-Old Pitcher – Washington Nationals

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Drafted by the Nationals in 2011 despite known arm issues, Purke has so far been a medical risk that hasn't panned out for the club. Between his 2012 shoulder surgery and 2014 Tommy John procedure, th...

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LEAGUE: AA    40 MAN: NO   BATS: L   THROWS: L   HT: 6' 4"   WT: 214   DOB: 7/17/1990   BORN: Nacogdoches, TX   COLLEGE: TCU   DRAFTED: 3rd Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Signed a minor league contract with an invite to spring training in November of 2014.

November 17, 2014  –  Matt Purke News

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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 8 8 0 31.1 42 28 5 22 18 1 6 0 0 0 8.04 1.93
2015 24 A HAG 7 7 0 27.2 30 10 1 17 9 1 3 0 0 0 3.25 1.43

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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 8 8 31.1 6.37 5.21 1.22 1.45 58.2% 8.04 5.71 .360
2015 24 A HAG 7 7 27.2 5.63 2.98 1.89 0.33 76.3% 3.25 3.53 .327

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

Purke was released by the Nationals on Friday, SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports.

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Purke (elbow) was placed on the 60-day DL on Friday.

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Purke (elbow) will undergo Tommy John surgery Thursday, Chase Hughes of CSNWashington.com reports.

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Purke will visit Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on his elbow injury, MLB.com's William Ladson reports.

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Purke has been placed on the 7-day DL at Double-A Harrisburg due to an elbow injury, MASNsports.com reports.

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

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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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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2015

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2014

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 more challenging after a promotion. He'll turn 24 this season, an age at which a lot of pitchers with his talent and pedigree would be knocking on the door to the majors in they weren't already there, so if Purke looks fully healthy this spring expect the Nats to challenge him with an aggressive promotion schedule. A big campaign could put him firmly in the club's 2015 plans.

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.