Brock Burke
22-Year-Old PitcherRP
Texas Rangers AA
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Burke kicked it into a new gear after advancing to the Double-A level last season, posting 1.95 ERA and 25.8 K-BB% over 55.1 innings for the Rays' Montgomery affiliate. His previous career high in K-BB% was 17.3. The lefty's prior success stemmed in large part from a lot of weak contact in the air -- his infield-flyball rates have ranged from 17.4% to a preposterous 36.8%. His opponents' hit rate last season was probably lower than it should have been considering a healthy 22.1% line-drive rate, and he was rather fortunate with his HR/FB, which sat at just 3.6%. Regardless, the Rangers' scouts saw enough to view Burke as a quality piece in the return for Jurickson Profar. With Texas, Burke will be given a long leash to improve his changeup and command. If the change never comes along, Burke call fall back on his plus fastball and plus slider as a high-leverage reliever. Read Past Outlooks
$Traded to the Rangers in December of 2018.
Shipped to Texas
PTexas Rangers  AA
December 21, 2018
Burke was traded to the Rangers as part of a three-team trade that also includes the A's, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports.
It is a very large trade in terms of players and additional assets, with Jurickson Profar heading to Oakland as the headliner. Burke was a pop-up prospect last season, logging a 1.95 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 25.8 K-BB percentage in nine starts at Double-A. A big 6-foot-4, 200-pound lefty, he has a plus fastball and plus curveball but will need to improve his changeup in order to stick as a starter. He is on the 40-man roster and could reach the big leagues in the second half of 2019.
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Joins 40-man roster
PTampa Bay Rays  AA
November 20, 2018
Burke was added to Tampa Bay's 40-man roster Tuesday, Juan Toribio of The Athletic reports.
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June 6, 2014
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