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A.J. Burnett

38-Year-Old Pitcher – Pittsburgh Pirates

2015 Stats

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8-5

ERA

3.06

WHIP

1.34

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114

SV

0

2015 Preseason Projections

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2015 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Burnett signed with the Phillies just prior to the start of spring training last season as the team made a last ditch attempt at competing for a playoff spot before beginning a rebuilding process. He ...

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2015 ADP:  314.65

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STATUS:  15-Day DL     INJURY TYPE:  Elbow     EST. RETURN:  9/15/2015
LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 4"   WT: 227   DOB: 1/3/1977
BORN: North Little Rock, AR   COLLEGE: None  DRAFTED: 8th Rd   Show ContractHide Contract

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A.J. Burnett Contract Information:

Agreed to one-year $8.5 million deal with Pirates in November 2014.

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Burnett (elbow) will throw a bullpen session Sunday, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

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A.J. Burnett Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS SH IP H ER HR K BB W L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
2004 27 AAA ALB 1 1 0 3.3 7 4 1 6 2 0 0 0 10.80 2.70
2005 28 MAJ MIA 32 32 2 209.0 184 80 12 198 79 12 12 0 3.44 1.26
2006 29 A A 2 2 0 8.0 9 3 0 6 2 0 0 0 3.38 1.38
2006 29 AA NEW 1 1 0 6.0 2 1 1 9 3 1 0 0 1.50 0.83
2006 29 AAA SYR 1 1 0 5.0 0 0 0 7 1 1 0 0 0.00 0.20
2006 29 MAJ TOR 21 21 1 135.7 138 60 14 118 39 10 8 0 3.98 1.30
2007 30 AAA SYR 1 1 0 5.0 3 1 0 7 1 0 0 0 1.80 0.80
2007 30 MAJ TOR 25 25 0 165.7 131 69 23 176 66 10 8 0 3.75 1.19
2008 31 MAJ TOR 35 34 0 221.3 211 100 19 231 86 18 10 0 4.07 1.34
2009 32 MAJ NYY 33 33 0 207.0 193 93 25 195 97 13 9 0 4.04 1.40
2010 33 MAJ NYY 33 33 0 186.7 204 109 25 145 78 10 15 0 0 0 5.26 1.51
2011 34 MAJ NYY 33 32 0 190.3 190 109 31 173 83 11 11 0 0 0 5.15 1.43
2012 35 A+ BRA 1 2 0 6.1 7 6 0 9 2 0 2 0 0 0 8.53 1.48
2012 35 AAA IND 1 1 0 4.0 7 5 2 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 11.25 2.75
2012 35 MAJ PIT 31 31 1 202.3 189 79 18 180 62 16 10 0 0 0 3.51 1.24
2013 36 MAJ PIT 30 30 0 191.0 165 70 11 209 67 10 11 0 0 0 3.30 1.21
2014 37 MAJ PHI 34 34 0 213.7 205 109 20 190 96 8 18 0 0 0 4.59 1.41
2015 38 MAJ PIT 21 21 0 135.3 145 46 7 114 36 8 5 0 0 0 3.06 1.34
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3-Year Averages     31 31 0 202.3 186 86 16 193 75 11 13 0 0 0 3.83 1.29
Career  (View All)     430 425 10 2,702.7 2,490 1,198 259 2,484 1,087 163 155 0 3.99 1.32

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A.J. Burnett Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Days To Display:    Show 14Show 14    Show 30Show 30    Show 60Show 60
DATE OPP IP H R ER HR BB K HBP WP CG W-L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
Jul. 30 @Cin 4.3 10 8 7 1 2 4 1 0 0 L 0 0 0 3.06 1.34
Jul. 25 Was 5.7 11 5 5 0 0 8 2 1 0 L 0 0 0 2.68 1.29
Jul. 20 @KC 6.0 11 6 6 2 1 2 2 0 0 W 0 0 0 2.44 1.26
Jul. 11 StL 6.3 6 3 3 1 3 6 2 0 0 - 0 0 0 2.11 1.22
Jul. 6 SD 7.7 5 1 1 0 3 4 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.99 1.21
Jul. 1 @Det 7.0 7 2 2 0 0 4 0 1 0 W 0 0 0 2.05 1.22
Last 14 Days
0 Games:  Avg. 0.0 IP/G
0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00
Last 30 Days
0 Games:  Avg. 0.0 IP/G
0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00
Last 60 Days
6 Games:  Avg. 6.2 IP/G
37.0 50 25 24 4 9 28 7 2 0 2-2 0 0 0 5.84 1.59

A.J. Burnett Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
2015254402355714.250
201445687609328210.250
20133958945891934.263

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
20153207413901233.297
20144791033611223210.261
201340612022761607.203

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201568.3230561622.111.21
2014107.748010648113.681.28
201395.05401133252.371.06

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201567.0620582054.031.46
2014106.04100844895.521.54
201396.0570963564.221.36
A.J. Burnett Advanced Stats
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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
2004 27 AAA ALB 1 1 3.3 16.20 5.40 3.00 2.70 62.5% 10.80 6.20 .638
2005 28 MAJ MIA 32 32 209.0 8.53 3.40 2.51 0.52 72.9% 3.44 3.22 .305
2006 29 A A 2 2 8.0 6.75 2.25 3.00 0.00 72.7% 3.38 2.83 .352
2006 29 AA NEW 1 1 6.0 13.50 4.50 3.00 1.50 100% 1.50 3.87 .112
2006 29 AAA SYR 1 1 5.0 12.60 1.80 7.00 0.00 100% 0.00 1.60 .000
2006 29 MAJ TOR 21 21 135.7 7.83 2.59 3.03 0.93 1.52 71.8% 3.98 3.69 .319
2007 30 AAA SYR 1 1 5.0 12.60 1.80 7.00 0.00 75% 1.80 1.00 .297
2007 30 MAJ TOR 25 25 165.7 9.56 3.59 2.67 1.25 1.76 73.6% 3.75 4.12 .271
2008 31 MAJ TOR 35 34 221.3 9.39 3.50 2.69 0.77 1.43 70.9% 94.3 MPH 4.07 3.43 .328
2009 32 MAJ NYY 33 33 207.0 8.48 4.22 2.01 1.09 1.13 74.3% 94.2 MPH 4.04 4.34 .302
2010 33 MAJ NYY 33 33 186.7 6.99 3.76 1.86 1.21 1.20 67.3% 93.2 MPH 5.26 4.95 .319
2011 34 MAJ NYY 33 32 190.3 8.18 3.92 2.08 1.47 1.53 67.8% 92.7 MPH 5.15 4.95 .304
2012 35 A+ BRA 1 2 6.1 13.28 2.95 4.50 0.00 33.3% 8.53 1.72 .460
2012 35 AAA IND 1 1 4.0 0.00 9.00 0.00 4.50 66.7% 11.25 12.70 .307
2012 35 MAJ PIT 31 31 202.3 8.01 2.76 2.90 0.80 2.38 73.8% 92.3 MPH 3.51 3.63 .304
2013 36 MAJ PIT 30 30 191.0 9.85 3.16 3.12 0.52 2.62 73.3% 92.5 MPH 3.30 2.95 .318
2014 37 MAJ PHI 34 34 213.7 8.00 4.04 1.98 0.84 2.07 68.3% 91.7 MPH 4.59 4.21 .310
2015 38 MAJ PIT 21 21 135.3 7.58 2.39 3.17 0.47 2.55 77.6% 90.9 MPH 3.06 3.19 .340
Today's Projections     0 0 .0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0% 0.00 0.00 .000
Next 7 Days     0 0 .0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0% 0.00 0.00 .000
Rest Of Season     0 3 20.6 7.70 3.57 2.16 0.75 74.9% 3.67 3.76 .314
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3-Year Averages     31 31 202.3 8.58 3.34 2.57 0.71 71.4% 3.83 3.43 .310
Career     430 425 2,702.7 8.27 3.62 2.29 0.86 71.7% 3.99 3.85 .303

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2015 Stat Review for A.J. Burnett    As compared to the top 100 starting pitchers in 2014 (min 145 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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3.17 K/BB
GOOD
7.58 K/9
AVERAGE
2.39 BB/9
GOOD
90.9 MPH Fastball
WEAK
0.5 HR/9
ELITE
2.55 GB/FB Ratio
EXTREME GROUNDBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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3.06 ERA
GOOD
1.34 WHIP
POOR
3.19 FIP
GOOD
BABIP/Strand

Balls in play avg. and % of runners left stranded.

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.340 BABIP
HIGH
77.6% Strand Rate
HIGH

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A.J. Burnett: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Burnett (elbow) threw a simulated game Friday, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune reports.

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The Pirates are targeting the Sept. 15-17 series against the Cubs as a potential return date for Burnett (elbow), the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

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Burnett (elbow) will pitch in a simulated game Sunday, Stephen Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

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The Pirates are now targeting mid-September for a return by Burnett (elbow), according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

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The Pirates should get a quick read on a timetable for Burnett (elbow) following his simulated game Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

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Burnett (elbow) is expected to throw a 30-pitch simulated game Tuesday, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

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Burnett (elbow) played catch from various distances Sunday and will throw off the mound in the coming week, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

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2015

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2014

A calf injury sidelined Burnett for a month in 2013, but that didn't stop the veteran righty from putting together a virtuoso performance at age 36. He led the NL with a 9.8 K/9 mark, recording 209 strikeouts in 191 innings. A 3.30 ERA matched his career best, while a 1.21 WHIP was his lowest since 2007. Burnett did walk 67 batters, but his cut fastball induced groundballs at an NL-leading rate of 56.5 percent. Even though he showed few signs of slowing down last year -- aside from his disastrous starts in St. Louis -- it might not be wise to pay full cost for Burnett, at least based on his 2013 production. He'll be 37 years of age and has spoken of retirement often over the last two years, while that talk has increased during the past winter.

2013

Despite a historically bad 12-run, 2.2-inning outing against the Cardinals, Burnett compiled a 3.51 ERA and struck out 180 batters in 202.1 innings. Without the St. Louis debacle, his earned-run average would have dropped further to 3.03. A 2.90 K/BB ratio -- his best since 2006 -- made up for his inability to hold baserunners. Burnett allowed 38 stolen bases, six more than any other pitcher, in 40 attempts. His personal backstop, Rod Barajas, won't be back with the Bucs. How much that affects his pitching remains to be seen. The 36-year-old righty registered a 4.13 ERA in his last 11 starts and will likely to put up similar numbers in 2013 as he pitches for his last major league contract.

2012

The man Yankee fans love to hate was incredibly inconsistent for most of 2011, but closed the season fairly strong, going 3-0 with a 3.42 ERA in his last five starts. Burnett's stuff remains good as ever (173 strikeouts in 190.1 innings), but he gets himself into trouble with walks and finished second in the American League with 83 free passes in 2011. He comes with plenty of risk given the aforementioned control woes and that his home-run rate has increased in each of the last three seasons. Fortunately, Burnett was traded to Pittsburgh in February and now has an opportunity to pitch half of his games with more pitcher-friendly home park while moving to the weaker league.

2011

To call Burnett's 2010 season anything less than a disaster would be an understatement. Across the board, his numbers were among the worst of his career: ERA (5.26), WHIP (1.511), K/9IP (7.0) and K:BB ratio (1.86). It's impossible to point at one factor as the primary cause for his struggles, but decreased fastball velocity, an inability to generate strikeouts and a bit of bad luck (.323 BABIP) all deserve part of the blame. If his strikeout numbers realign with his career averages this season, a bounce-back campaign could be in store, and his price will likely be devalued enough in drafts that he could become a bargain.

2010

As one of two big-contract pitchers brought in by the Yankees to end their championship drought, Burnett got a full dose of the New York fishbowl, but handled the added pressure well, becoming a fan and clubhouse favorite with his whipped-cream pie antics. He stayed healthy throughout the season, allowing him to rack up 195 strikeouts in 207 innings with a reasonable 2.01 K/BB ratio. The law of averages indicates that his disappointing total of 13 wins could spike this year considering the level of run support hes expected to get.

2009

Burnett set career highs in wins (18) and strikeouts (231) last year and exercised an out clause in his contract, making him a free agent. The Jays wanted to re-sign him, but ultimately the Yankees' five-year, $82.5 million offer was enough to lure him to the Bronx. His abilities have never been in question but staying healthy has been a big issue throughout his career. The Yankees were willing to take on the risk, although he has made at least 21 starts in each of the last four years now. With improved run support on his new club, Burnett should put up similar numbers with a potential for spike in wins.

2008

Burnett was once again sidelined for a good chunk of the season due to an injury (this time a shoulder), making just 25 starts. He was dominant upon his return, posting a nice 1.088 WHIP and 70 strikeouts in 71.2 innings after the All-Star break. There's value here given his strikeouts even when he's limited to 25 starts, but expecting a full season of health is unwise.

2007

Burnett was limited to just 21 starts due to an elbow injury, but still managed respectable totals. He was particularly good once healthy in September, allowing just 34 hits and 13 walks in 44.1 innings while striking out 45. He'll be a nice sleeper candidate due to his injury in 2006, though be aware that he's made 30 starts just once in his career.

2006

Burnett stayed mostly healthy and posted his best numbers since 2002, setting a career high for innings pitched and just missing 200 K's. The Marlins all but ran him out of town on a rail, though, as management laid the groundwork early on for their eventual decision not to even try to re-sign him. Now in Toronto, he's reunited with former pitching coach Brad Arnsberg -- whether that makes up for the change in leagues and home ballparks remains to be seen.

2005

Burnett's return from Tommy John surgery was mostly successful, but he was shut down at the end of the year with further elbow soreness. Assuming he's healthy enough to make 30 starts he should be one of the NL's top starters but you know what can happen when you assume.

2004

After a chilly April start at Shea in which he couldn't get loose, Burnett came down with elbow soreness, which turned into Tommy John surgery -- costing him the rest of 2003, and probably costing Jeff Torborg his job. The Marlins have talked of using Burnett in the bullpen when he comes off the DL sometime around the All-Star break, a la John Smoltz, but we don't expect nearly the same results. By 2005 he should be back at full strength, however.

2003

Burnett's staggeringly impressive breakout year included more than 200 Ks, a .209 opponent's BA and five shutouts, which is why it was so heart-breaking to see Jeff Torborg work him like a government mule. After numerous meaningless starts with indefensibly high pitch counts early on, he unsurprisingly had elbow trouble later in the year before returning from the DL for one more meaningless start in September. If any young pitcher is a mutant capable of shrugging off that kind of usage it's A.J., but if Torborg doesn't change his ways surgery seems more likely down the road than does a Cy Young.