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A.J. Burnett

37-Year-Old Pitcher – Philadelphia Phillies

2014 Stats

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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 st...

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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 a one-year, $16 million contract with the Phillies in February of 2014. The deal includes a mutual/player option for 2015 and a limited no-trade clause. The mutual option is worth $15 million if both sides opt to exercise it. If the Phillies decline, Burnett has a player option at $7.5 million.

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Burnett said his hernia may be a bit of a blessing in disguise, the Philadelphia Daily News reports. "It helps me to stay within myself," Burnett said. "A couple of pitches, when I tried to do too much, I could tell it wasn't right, but every time I was simple and just nice and easy, I was able to make the pitches."

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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 FLA 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 4 4 0 23.0 20 7 1 15 16 0 1 0 0 0 2.74 1.57
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3-Year Averages MAJ   31 31 0 194.6 181 86 20 187 70 12 10 0 0 0 3.98 1.29
Career  (View All) MAJ   379 374 10 2,376.7 2160 1050 233 2195 971 147 133 0 3.98 1.32

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A.J. Burnett Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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DATE OPP IP H R ER HR BB K HBP WP CG W-L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
Apr. 17 Atl 7.0 3 0 0 0 2 5 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 2.74 1.57
Apr. 11 Mia 4.3 5 2 2 1 6 4 0 1 0 - 0 0 0 3.94 1.94
Apr. 6 @ChC 5.7 5 8 4 0 6 3 1 0 0 L 0 0 0 3.86 1.71
Apr. 1 @Tex 6.0 7 1 1 0 2 3 1 1 0 - 0 0 0 1.50 1.50
Last 14 Days
3 Games:  Avg. 5.7 IP/G
17.0 13 10 6 1 14 12 1 1 0 0-1 0 0 0 3.18 1.59
Last 30 Days
4 Games:  Avg. 5.8 IP/G
23.0 20 11 7 1 16 15 2 2 0 0-1 0 0 0 2.74 1.57
Last 60 Days
4 Games:  Avg. 5.8 IP/G
23.0 20 11 7 1 16 15 2 2 0 0-1 0 0 0 2.74 1.57

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

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
20133958945891934.263
201243689349714211.248
201144096459827213.256

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201340612022761607.203
20124159128921607.245
201139677389221218.265

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201395.05401133252.371.06
2012110.3860892783.101.21
2011114.376010445194.411.30

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201396.0570963564.221.36
201292.08409135104.011.27
201175.74506938126.301.64
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 FLA 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 4 4 23.0 5.87 6.26 0.94 0.39 3.15 82.9% 91.3 MPH 2.74 4.81 .276
2014 Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for A.J. Burnett
3-Year Averages MAJ   31 31 194.6 8.65 3.24 2.67 0.93 71.4% 3.98 3.69 .308
Career MAJ   379 374 2,376.7 8.31 3.68 2.26 0.88 71.8% 3.98 3.89 .299

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2014 Stat Review for A.J. Burnett    As compared to the top 100 starting pitchers in 2013 (min 140 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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0.94 K/BB
TERRIBLE
5.87 K/9
POOR
6.26 BB/9
TERRIBLE
91.3 MPH Fastball
AVERAGE
0.4 HR/9
ELITE
3.15 GB/FB Ratio
EXTREME GROUNDBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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2.74 ERA
ELITE
1.57 WHIP
TERRIBLE
4.81 FIP
TERRIBLE
BABIP/Strand

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

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.276 BABIP
BELOW AVERAGE
82.9% Strand Rate
HIGH

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Worst Matchups for A.J. Burnett (by OPS against, min 20 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Matt Carpenter STL 21 9 0 1 4 2 0 .429 .714 1.234
Joe Mauer MIN 21 9 1 2 4 5 0 .429 .667 1.187
Jacoby Ellsbury NY-A 35 14 3 4 1 5 0 .400 .714 1.131
Robert Andino PIT 20 7 1 3 5 2 2 .350 .600 1.080
David Ortiz BOS 44 13 4 11 5 12 2 .295 .682 1.049
John Buck SEA 24 7 3 7 1 3 0 .292 .708 1.016
Dustin Pedroia BOS 39 12 3 7 10 3 4 .308 .564 1.013
Adam LaRoche WAS 23 8 1 5 3 8 0 .348 .565 1.010
Justin Morneau COL 20 6 1 4 6 4 0 .300 .500 .964
Adrian Beltre TEX 30 9 1 6 3 5 0 .300 .600 .964

Best Matchups for A.J. Burnett (by OPS against, min 20 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Robinson Cano SEA 23 5 0 0 1 4 0 .217 .261 .511
Aramis Ramirez MIL 26 5 0 1 2 5 4 .192 .192 .442
Jed Lowrie OAK 21 4 0 1 0 4 1 .190 .238 .429
David DeJesus TB 33 5 0 1 4 7 1 .152 .182 .425
Jose Reyes TOR 25 4 0 0 0 4 1 .160 .240 .400
David Wright NY-N 21 3 0 4 2 10 0 .143 .190 .399
Yadier Molina STL 25 4 0 2 1 2 1 .160 .200 .385
Lyle Overbay MIL 27 3 0 0 2 10 1 .111 .185 .358
Jay Bruce CIN 27 3 0 3 2 10 2 .111 .148 .309
Melky Cabrera TOR 24 3 0 1 1 3 0 .125 .125 .285

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

Burnett dominated the Braves on Thursday, striking out five while allowing just three hits and two walks over seven shutout innings. However, he ended up with no decision in a 1-0 win.

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Burnett (groin) has been confirmed as the starting pitcher for Thursday's game against the Braves.

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Burnett (groin) will start Thursday against the Braves, Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports.

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Burnett will need to have surgery after the season to repair an inguinal hernia, the Phillies' official site reports.

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Burnett (groin) is expected to make his scheduled start Wednesday, MLB.com's Todd Zolecki reports.

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Burnett threw a bullpen session Sunday and felt a pull in his groin muscle twice while throwing out of the stretch, the Phillies' official site reports. "It went away right after that," Burnett said. "I'm feeling good enough to throw."

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Burnett (groin) is likely to be replaced by David Buchanan in his next scheduled start Wednesday, as Buchanan was removed from Sunday's start in Triple-A after just one inning, Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

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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 he’s 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.