Mike Burrows

23-Year-Old PitcherP
Pittsburgh Pirates AAA
7-Day IL
Injury Elbow
Est. Return 8/1/2024
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Burrows lacks the pedigree of Quinn Priester, but he's forced his way into the conversation as the Pirates' best pitching prospect. He's topped a 30 K% in each of the last two seasons, which he spent primarily at High-A Greensboro and Double-A Altoona, respectively. That mark dipped significantly once he was promoted to Triple-A Indianapolis - he posted a 23.3 percent K% across 42.1 innings -- though it's worth noting that Burrows had already thrown a career-high 52 innings by the time he earned that promotion. While it will be worth watching his ability to generate whiffs to begin the 2023 campaign, Burrows answered a few significant concerns about his performance in 2022 by throwing a career-best 93.1 innings and by showing significant growth in his ability to limit walks. After representing the Pirates in the Futures Game in 2023, the team added Burrows to its 40-man roster in November to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft. That makes it clear that he's a key part of the team's rebuild, and he could team up with Roansy Contreras and Priester to form a dynamic top and middle of the rotation. Pittsburgh has added to its rotation this offseason, meaning Burrows will almost certainly break camp with Triple-A Indianapolis. However, it would not be surprising to see him make his debut in Pittsburgh at some point during the summer months. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year contract with the Pirates in March of 2023.
Undergoes Tommy John surgery
PPittsburgh Pirates  AAA
April 27, 2023
Burrows underwent surgery Wednesday to repair damage to the UCL in his right elbow, Alex Stumpf of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
It was Tommy John surgery, per a followup report Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com, and Burrows is expected to be sidelined for the next 14-to-16 months. The 23-year-old had logged just two starts this season at Triple-A Indianapolis before his UCL gave out. He was an 11th-round pick in the 2018 First-Year Player Draft.
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Hits Triple-A IL
PPittsburgh Pirates  AAA
April 17, 2023
Triple-A Indianapolis placed Burrows (forearm) on its 7-day injured list April 11.
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Injures forearm in Triple-A start
PPittsburgh Pirates  AAA
April 9, 2023
Pirates general manager Ben Cherington said Burrows was diagnosed with a forearm injury after exiting his start Saturday at Triple-A Indianapolis, Alex Stumpf of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
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Optioned to Triple-A
PPittsburgh Pirates  AAA
March 14, 2023
Burrows was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday.
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Adding slider
PPittsburgh Pirates  AAA
March 9, 2023
Burrows is incorporating a slider into his pitch mix, Justice delos Santos of MLB.com reports.
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Joins 40-man roster
PPittsburgh Pirates  AAA
November 15, 2022
Burrows was added to the Pirates' 40-man roster Tuesday, Justice delos Santos of MLB.com reports.
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