Corbin Burnes
Corbin Burnes
24-Year-Old PitcherRP
Milwaukee Brewers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Burnes remains a starter long-term, but the Brewers let him get his feet wet at the major-league level as a reliever, and the move worked brilliantly, as Burnes got to complete his development and provide excellent innings during the team's playoff push. His stuff played up in relief, with Burnes posting a 15.2% swinging-strike rate and a 47.4 O-Contact%, nearly 20 percentage points lower than the league average. So when hitters swung at Burnes' pitches out of the strike zone, they very rarely even put bat to ball let alone connected for base hits. The Brewers want him to keep starting, and he will get a chance to compete for a rotation spot during spring training. If he does not earn a spot there, it's likely he will work out of the bullpen and be next on deck should a spot open up. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Brewers in June of 2016.
Excelling out of bullpen
PMilwaukee Brewers
May 15, 2019
Burnes pitched two innings and allowed only an unearned run in Tuesday's victory over the Phillies.
Burnes struggled as a starter early in the season, prompting the Brewers to first option him and eventually move him back into a bullpen role. He allowed three earned runs over two innings in his first appearance back with the big club May 1, but he has been lights-out since, giving up no earned runs over seven innings while posting an 11:1 K:BB. The Brewers still view Burnes as a starter long term, but with him excelling out of the bullpen and the club on the verge of having seven viable starting-pitching options, it's likely he will continue pitching in relief for the time being.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .323 114 15 14 31 6 0 8
Since 2017vs Right .236 175 60 10 38 5 0 10
2019vs Left .469 62 8 11 23 4 0 7
2019vs Right .264 75 32 2 19 2 0 7
2018vs Left .170 52 7 3 8 2 0 1
2018vs Right .213 100 28 8 19 3 0 3
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
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Since 2017Home 5.63 1.33 38.1 4 3 0 10.6 3.1 2.3
Since 2017Away 6.00 1.56 27.0 3 0 1 10.0 3.7 2.7
2019Home 9.16 1.82 18.2 0 3 0 13.0 3.9 3.9
2019Away 12.46 2.42 8.2 0 0 0 13.5 5.2 6.2
2018Home 2.29 0.86 19.2 4 0 0 8.2 2.3 0.9
2018Away 2.95 1.15 18.1 3 0 1 8.3 2.9 1.0
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Corbin Burnes compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against this season's data (min 20 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
94.8 mph
Left On Base
Exit Velocity
92.4 mph
Spin Rate
2718 rpm
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Burnes showed flashes of brilliance while throwing just 35.2 innings in his 2016 professional debut, but that turned out to be a sign of things to come, as he flat-out dominated minor-league hitters in 2017. He fell just short of averaging a strikeout per inning at both the High-A and Double-A levels, but was otherwise spectacular, limiting opposing hitters to just a .200 batting average while also posting a sparkling 4.20 K/BB and giving up just three home runs. He doesn't possess elite strikeout potential, but he will at least be serviceable in that area given his deep, high-quality arsenal, which includes a mid-90s fastball, a hard slider, and also a curveball and changeup. Burnes figures to get a run at the Triple-A level before he makes his big-league debut, but as long as he does not fall victim to the thin air of Colorado Springs, he stands a good chance to join the Brewers at some point in the summer of 2018.
Burnes was completely off the prospect radar his freshman year at St. Mary's, when he posted a 6.18 ERA as he bounced between the rotation and the bullpen. But over the next three years, Burnes developed into a major prospect, thanks in particular to a notable summer in the Cape Cod League following his junior season. Now he owns a fastball that sits 92-95 to go with a changeup and breaking ball, all capable of drawing whiffs. That was enough to earn Burnes a fourth-round selection from the Brewers. He looked fantastic in his first professional action, as he struck out 41 batters and allowed just eight runs over 35.2 innings between rookie ball and Low-A Wisconsin. At 21 years old, he should be able to handle batters at those levels, but his stock will be worth watching as he progresses up the ladder.
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Returning to bullpen role
PMilwaukee Brewers
May 1, 2019
Manager Craig Counsell said Wednesday that Burnes will pitch out of the bullpen for "a little while," Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.
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Returns to Milwaukee
PMilwaukee Brewers
May 1, 2019
Burnes was called up from Triple-A San Antonio on Wednesday, Adam McCalvy of reports.
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Sent to minors
PMilwaukee Brewers
April 19, 2019
Burnes was optioned to Triple-A San Antonio on Friday, Adam McCalvy of reports.
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Status in rotation uncertain
PMilwaukee Brewers
April 17, 2019
Manager Craig Counsell was noncommittal when asked if Burnes would make his next start, Adam McCalvy of reports. "I think we're going to have a long conversation this time," the skipper said.
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Serves up three homers
PMilwaukee Brewers
April 13, 2019
Burnes gave up five runs on nine hits -- including three home runs -- over 4.1 innings in a no-decision against the Dodgers on Friday night. He struck out three and walked two.
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