Zack Burdi
24-Year-Old PitcherRP
Chicago White Sox AAA
Injury Knee
2020 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Zack Burdi in 2020. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a contract with the White Sox in June of 2016 that includes a $2.13 million signing bonus.
Healthy after two years
PChicago White Sox  AAA
February 14, 2020
Burdi (knee) threw his first side session of spring training Thursday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. ''He looked good,'' manager Rick Renteria said of Burdi's side session. ''The ball was coming out of his hand, and he was around the zone more, hitting the spot more than I thought he would be at this point. A lot of life. He threw the ball well.''
Burdi, a first-round draft pick in 2016, has endured two major injuries since draft day. Tommy John elbow surgery ended his 2017 season prematurely, and he spent 2018 recovering. A dislocated knee cut short his 2019 season. He's got a powerful, upper-90s fastball that fueled a 13.8 K/9 rate in 29 games at Triple-A Charlotte before the elbow injury. Given his lack of work over the last three years, Burdi is expected to start in the minors this season so the organization can monitor the right-hander.
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
Tommy John surgery ended Burdi's 2017 campaign early and cost him most of 2018 as well, as he returned to throw just 6.1 rehab innings at the rookie-league level late in the year. In 77.2 total professional innings, the 2016 26th overall pick owns an excellent 32.8 K% and a poor 12.4 BB%. Some scouts put a legitimate 80 grade on Burdi's fastball, and he also features a pair of strong secondaries in his slider and changeup, but his command is poor. His fastball was sitting in the mid-90s in his rehab outings after previously sitting around 100 mph, and if that doesn't tick back up, Burdi may never reach his potential as an elite bullpen arm. If the velocity comes back after an offseason of rest, Burdi could become a weapon very quickly.
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Added to 40-man roster
PChicago White Sox  AAA
November 20, 2019
Burdi (knee) had his contract selected by the White Sox on Wednesday.
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Out for season
PChicago White Sox  AAA
June 28, 2019
Burdi will miss the remainder of the season with a tear in the ligament of his right patella.
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Promoted to Double-A
PChicago White Sox  AAA
April 30, 2019
Burdi (lat) was promoted to Double-A Birmingham on Tuesday, Scott Merkin of reports.
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Rehab moves to Low-A
PChicago White Sox  AAA
April 21, 2019
Burdi (lat) will begin a rehab assignment with Low-A Kannapolis on Monday, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
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Looking at extended spring training
PChicago White Sox  AAA
March 23, 2019
Burdi suffered an aggravation of his latissimus early in spring training that delayed his work and will require him to participate in extended spring training, Scott Merkin of reports.
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