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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 31)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
35.7 3.38 1.26 31 2 1 1 0.5
Birth Date9-17-1982
Height6' 1"
Weight180 lbs
Age32 years, 1 months, 8 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
1.12010
-0.12011
1.02012
-0.02013
0.52014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
2004 PIT 21 13 13 71.7 71.7 0.0 5 5 0 0 5 0 318 86 41 40 9 124 28 26 1 30 5.02 4.96 6.20 -6.1 -0.4
2008 PIT 25 58 0 56.7 0.0 56.7 1 1 0 0 0 0 253 57 31 30 7 93 34 31 2 42 4.76 5.13 5.63 -0.4 0.1
2009 PIT 26 38 0 32.3 0.0 32.3 1 2 1 2 0 0 133 22 12 11 3 38 15 11 3 23 3.06 4.51 5.78 -3.2 -0.3
2009 WAS 26 33 0 25.3 0.0 25.3 1 1 0 2 0 0 104 14 9 9 3 25 13 9 0 20 3.20 4.56 4.62 0.4 0.1
2010 WAS 27 73 0 63.0 0.0 63.0 1 7 3 5 0 0 261 52 17 15 3 70 20 16 1 62 2.14 2.76 2.87 10.2 1.1
2011 WAS 28 69 0 56.7 0.0 56.7 5 5 4 8 0 0 242 54 24 24 6 80 21 17 3 33 3.81 4.48 5.14 -2.9 -0.1
2012 WAS 29 70 0 56.7 0.0 56.7 1 2 2 5 0 0 239 58 16 15 4 81 12 9 3 57 2.38 2.84 3.15 9.2 1.0
2013 ANA 30 13 0 9.7 0.0 9.7 0 0 0 0 0 0 40 9 1 1 1 12 4 4 0 7 0.93 4.21 4.58 -0.4 -0.0
2014 ANA 31 3 0 0.7 0.0 0.7 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 13.50 3.16 3.93 0.0 0.0
Career37013372.771.7301.01523102350159335315214636524147123132743.534.134.716.81.4

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2001 HIC A 26 26 161.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 LYN A+ 26 26 155.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .242 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 ALT AA 27 27 159.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .297 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 PIT MLB 13 13 71.7 6.20 54 .282 .263 .325 .415 .259 .308 91 -4.6 -0.4 -6.1 -0.4
2004 NAS AAA 10 10 47.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .338 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 IND AAA 25 24 120.0 6.61 39 .294 .258 .324 .397 .256 .288 93 -20.2 -2.0 -16.4 -1.3
2007 IND AAA 15 15 70.3 6.41 50 .299 .259 .327 .388 .259 .320 92 -10.8 -1.0 -10.2 -1.0
2007 ZUL Wnt 6 4 25.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .190 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2008 PIT MLB 58 0 56.7 5.63 78 .284 .267 .333 .422 .264 .298 99 -1.0 -0.1 -0.4 0.1
2008 IND AAA 12 0 17.3 4.48 83 .171 .262 .336 .399 .266 .186 86 -0.0 -0.0 -0.4 0.0
2009 PIT MLB 38 0 32.3 5.78 66 .236 .257 .328 .413 .259 .213 95 -2.9 -0.3 -3.2 -0.3
2009 WAS MLB 33 0 25.3 4.62 94 .210 .273 .347 .439 .275 .162 96 0.2 0.0 0.4 0.1
2010 WAS MLB 73 0 63.0 2.87 130 .219 .261 .329 .409 .271 .280 93 10.2 1.1 10.2 1.1
2011 WAS MLB 69 0 56.7 5.14 73 .255 .253 .322 .393 .264 .268 97 -3.7 -0.4 -2.9 -0.1
2012 WAS MLB 70 0 56.7 3.15 127 .245 .255 .321 .406 .263 .331 100 8.9 0.9 9.2 1.0
2013 ANA MLB 13 0 9.7 4.58 91 .247 .260 .326 .417 .272 .286 98 -0.4 -0.0 -0.4 -0.0
2013 SBR A+ 1 0 1.0 17.77 -64 .346 .291 .359 .448 .278 .000 126 -0.6 -0.1 -0.6 -0.1
2014 ANA MLB 3 0 0.7 3.93 94 .250 .271 .325 .415 .280 .333 90 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2014 ARK AA 6 0 5.3 1.80 151 .321 .259 .322 .384 .258 .400 87 1.8 0.2 1.8 0.2

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2001 HIC A 11 8 0 26 26 161.3 164 33 134 11 0% .000 9.2 1.8 0.6 7.5 1.22 2.62 0.0 0.0
2002 LYN A+ 13 4 0 26 26 155.3 118 33 96 4 0% .242 6.8 1.9 0.2 5.6 0.97 1.80 0.0 0.0
2003 ALT AA 14 6 0 27 27 159.7 158 29 86 2 0% .297 8.9 1.6 0.1 4.8 1.17 3.21 0.0 0.0
2004 NAS AAA 1 5 0 10 10 47.0 58 17 25 5 0% .338 11.1 3.3 1.0 4.8 1.60 5.36 0.0 0.0
2004 PIT MLB 5 5 0 13 13 71.7 86 28 30 9 57% .308 10.8 3.5 1.1 3.8 1.59 5.02 -6.1 -0.4
2006 IND AAA 8 11 0 25 24 120.0 136 46 46 13 46% .288 10.2 3.5 1.0 3.5 1.52 5.17 -16.4 -1.3
2007 IND AAA 4 5 0 15 15 70.3 83 39 31 4 48% .320 10.6 5.0 0.5 4.0 1.74 4.48 -10.2 -1.0
2007 ZUL Wnt 1 1 0 6 4 25.7 18 8 11 3 0% .190 6.3 2.8 1.1 3.9 1.01 2.45 0.0 0.0
2008 PIT MLB 1 1 0 58 0 56.7 57 34 42 7 50% .298 9.1 5.4 1.1 6.7 1.61 4.76 -0.4 0.1
2008 IND AAA 1 1 3 12 0 17.3 9 8 15 1 66% .186 4.7 4.2 0.5 7.8 0.98 1.04 -0.4 0.0
2009 WAS MLB 1 1 0 33 0 25.3 14 13 20 3 59% .162 5.0 4.6 1.1 7.1 1.07 3.20 0.4 0.1
2009 PIT MLB 1 2 1 38 0 32.3 22 15 23 3 46% .213 6.1 4.2 0.8 6.4 1.14 3.06 -3.2 -0.3
2010 WAS MLB 1 7 3 73 0 63.0 52 20 62 3 56% .280 7.4 2.9 0.4 8.9 1.14 2.14 10.2 1.1
2011 WAS MLB 5 5 4 69 0 56.7 54 21 33 6 56% .268 8.6 3.3 1.0 5.2 1.32 3.81 -2.9 -0.1
2012 WAS MLB 1 2 2 70 0 56.7 58 12 57 4 60% .331 9.2 1.9 0.6 9.1 1.24 2.38 9.2 1.0
2013 SBR A+ 0 0 0 1 0 1.0 1 0 0 1 75% .000 9.0 0.0 9.0 0.0 1.00 9.00 -0.6 -0.1
2013 ANA MLB 0 0 0 13 0 9.7 9 4 7 1 66% .286 8.4 3.7 0.9 6.5 1.34 0.93 -0.4 -0.0
2014 ARK AA 0 0 0 6 0 5.3 6 3 7 0 53% .400 10.1 5.1 0.0 11.8 1.69 5.06 1.8 0.2
2014 ANA MLB 0 0 0 3 0 0.7 1 0 0 0 67% .333 13.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.50 13.50 0.0 0.0

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 876 0.4110 0.4418 0.7597 0.6000 0.3314 0.8565 0.6374 0.2274
2009 951 0.4406 0.4206 0.7850 0.5967 0.2820 0.8520 0.6733 0.2125
2010 1033 0.4443 0.4385 0.8013 0.5861 0.3206 0.8699 0.7011 0.1965
2011 923 0.4626 0.4594 0.8302 0.6253 0.3165 0.9064 0.7006 0.1698
2012 944 0.3644 0.4772 0.7622 0.6047 0.4033 0.8942 0.6488 0.2311
2013 160 0.4000 0.4000 0.7500 0.5313 0.3125 0.8824 0.6000 0.2500
2014 18 0.5000 0.5000 1.0000 0.6667 0.3333 1.0000 1.0000 0.0000
Career49050.42450.4460.78770.60010.330.87650.6720.2078

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-05-28 - 60-DL - - Left Elbow Surgery Revision Tommy John Surgery 2014-06-05
2014-03-21 2014-05-23 15-DL 63 46 Left Elbow Soreness After Viscosupplementation Injection - -
2013-05-27 2013-09-30 60-DL 126 112 Left Elbow Surgery Flexor Mass Tendon 2013-08-07 -
2013-04-28 2013-05-21 15-DL 23 21 Left Forearm Inflammation and Nerve Irritation - -
2013-04-24 2013-04-25 DTD 1 1 Left Forearm Tightness - -
2013-02-17 2013-03-13 Camp 24 0 - Low Back Stiffness - -
2012-10-18 2012-10-18 Off 0 0 Left Elbow Surgery Bone Spurs 2012-10-18 -
2012-09-03 2012-09-12 DTD 9 9 Left Elbow Inflammation Ulnar Neuritis - -
2012-07-14 2012-07-15 DTD 1 1 Left Elbow Soreness - -
2012-04-12 2012-04-16 DTD 4 4 - Low Back Soreness - -
2012-03-19 2012-03-29 Camp 10 0 - Low Back Soreness - -
2011-03-17 2011-03-18 Camp 1 0 Left Knee Contusion Foul Ball -
2009-08-24 2009-08-27 DTD 3 2 Left Thumb Contusion Thumb -
2007-07-04 2007-09-04 Minors 62 0 Left Elbow Inflammation - -
2007-06-01 2007-06-18 Minors 17 0 Left Elbow Inflammation Lateral -
2005-05-24 2005-05-24 On-Alr 0 0 Left Shoulder Surgery Labrum 2005-05-24
2005-04-02 2005-10-03 60-DL 184 162 Left Elbow Recovery From Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2004-09-22
2004-08-22 2004-10-04 15-DL 43 39 Left Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2004-09-22
2004-06-19 2004-06-19 DTD 0 0 Left Elbow Contusion Batted Ball - -
2003-09-01 2003-09-05 Minors 4 0 Left Elbow Soreness - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 ANA $500,000
2014 ANA $3,875,000
2013 ANA $3,625,000
2012 WAS $2,300,000
2011 WAS $1,400,000
2010 WAS $775,000
2009 PIT $408,500
2005 PIT $321,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
6 yrPrevious$8,829,500
2011Current$3,875,000
7 yrPvs + Cur$12,704,500
1 yrFuture$500,000
8 yrTotal$13,204,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
7 y 85 dJim Munsey2 years/$8M (2013-14), 2015 option

Details
  • 2 years/$8M (2013-14), plus 2015 club option. Signed by LA Angels as a free agent 12/5/12. $0.25M signing bonus. 13:$3.5M, 14:$3.75M, 15:$4.5M club option, $0.5M buyout. 2015 option guaranteed with total of 110 games in 2013-14. Annual performance bonuses: $0.625M based on games, up to 65 games.
  • 2 years/$3.95M (2011-12). Signed extension with Washington 12/23/10 (avoided arbitration). 11:$1.4M, 12:$2.3M, 13:$3.5M mutual option, $0.25M buyout. Burnett forfeits buyout if he declines option. Performance bonuses: $0.1M for 35 GF, $0.15M for 45 GF, $0.25M for 55 GF. Burnett declined 2013 option 11/1/12.
  • 1 year/$0.775M (2010). Lost arbitration with Washington 2/20/10 (avoided arbitration, $0.925M-$0.775M).
  • 1 year/$0.4085M (2009). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/2/09. Acquired by Washington in trade from Pittsburgh 6/30/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Sent outright to Triple-A 2/7/08. Contract purchased by Pittsburgh 5/4/08.
  • 1 year (2007). Renewed by Pittsburgh 3/07.
  • 1 year (2006). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/06.
  • 1 year/$0.321M (2005). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 2/05.
  • 1 year/$0.3M (2004). Contract purchased by Pittsburgh 11/03.
  • Drafted by Pittsburgh 2000 (1-19). $1.65M signing bonus.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA FRA VORP WARP
90o 0 0 1 0 0 58.5 43 16 50 4 .244 1.01 2.38 2.58 0.0 0.0
80o 0 0 1 0 0 52.4 42 15 45 4 .259 1.09 2.73 2.96 0.0 0.0
70o 0 0 1 0 0 48.1 41 15 41 4 .269 1.15 2.98 3.24 0.0 0.0
60o 0 0 1 0 0 44.5 40 14 38 4 .278 1.21 3.21 3.48 0.0 0.0
50o 0 0 1 0 0 41.2 38 14 35 4 .287 1.26 3.42 3.71 0.0 0.0
40o 0 0 1 0 0 38.0 37 13 33 4 .295 1.31 3.63 3.95 0.0 0.0
30o 0 0 1 0 0 34.6 35 13 30 3 .304 1.37 3.86 4.2 0.0 0.0
20o 0 0 1 0 0 30.8 33 12 26 3 .315 1.44 4.14 4.5 0.0 0.0
10o 0 0 1 0 0 25.7 29 11 22 3 .330 1.55 4.53 4.92 0.0 0.0
Weighted Mean0010040.53713354.2851.253.393.680.00.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
18% 47% 26% 15% 85%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA FRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
20153231152055561848552.3101.353.734.069.22.97.90.80.6
20163321144047461737552.2911.354.004.358.93.37.11.00.3
20173421143046461838552.2991.403.974.329.13.57.51.00.3
20183521141043431535552.2961.343.994.348.93.17.31.00.3
20193621138040401432452.2951.343.984.328.93.17.10.90.3
20203721134036371327452.2991.394.274.659.23.26.81.00.1
20213821134036371328452.2971.394.104.469.23.27.01.00.2
20223921133035361227452.2981.374.154.519.33.16.91.00.2
20234021134036371327452.2971.404.204.569.33.36.81.00.2

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
8.813.78.66.36.84.644.2

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 79)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 93 Bobby Jenks 2012 0.00 DNP
2 93 Peter Moylan 2010 3.39
3 91 Ryan Madson 2012 0.00 DNP
4 90 Chad Qualls 2010 8.54
5 90 John Grabow 2010 8.42
6 90 Ramon Ramirez 2013 12.71
7 89 Jeremy Affeldt 2010 4.50
8 89 Kevin Gregg 2009 4.98
9 89 Pedro Feliciano 2008 4.05
10 88 Nick Masset 2013 0.00 DNP
11 88 Sparky Lyle 1976 2.86
12 88 Matt Guerrier 2010 3.55
13 87 Eddie Watt 1972 2.36
14 85 Brandon Lyon 2011 11.47
15 84 Jesse Crain 2013 1.47
16 84 Aaron Heilman 2010 4.50
17 84 Saul Rivera 2009 6.57
18 84 Rafael Perez 2013 0.00 DNP
19 83 Mariano Rivera 2001 2.68
20 83 Matt Lindstrom 2011 3.50
21 83 John Franco 1992 1.64
22 83 Francisco Rodriguez 2013 2.70
23 83 Scot Shields 2007 4.32
24 82 Justin Duchscherer 2009 0.00 DNP
25 81 Casey Janssen 2013 2.91
26 81 Sean Green 2010 5.79
27 81 Jonathan Papelbon 2012 2.83
28 81 Juan Rincon 2010 4.50
29 81 Keith Foulke 2004 2.39
30 80 Clem Labine 1958 4.76
31 80 Greg McMichael 1998 5.16
32 80 Steve Karsay 2003 0.00 DNP
33 80 Jesse Orosco 1988 3.06
34 80 Mike Henneman 1993 3.52
35 80 Jason Frasor 2009 2.65
36 80 Ray King 2005 3.83
37 80 Jared Burton 2012 3.05
38 80 Dave Righetti 1990 4.08
39 79 Ryan Dempster 2008 3.27
40 79 Tim Burke 1990 3.48
41 79 Todd Frohwirth 1994 11.81
42 79 Jeff Fassero 1994 3.50
43 79 Jason Isringhausen 2004 3.23
44 78 Derek Lowe 2004 6.75
45 78 Dan Quisenberry 1984 2.71
46 78 Jon Rauch 2010 3.12
47 78 Craig Breslow 2012 3.13
48 77 Steve Kline 2004 2.15
49 77 J.C. Romero 2007 1.92
50 77 Felix Rodriguez 2004 3.43
51 77 Javier Lopez 2009 10.03
52 77 Luis Ayala 2009 6.53
53 77 C.J. Wilson 2012 4.54
54 77 Hoyt Wilhelm 1954 2.51
55 77 Santiago Casilla 2012 3.41
56 77 Tim Crabtree 2001 6.94
57 77 Michael Gonzalez 2009 3.39
58 77 Brad Ziegler 2011 3.24
59 77 Chuck McElroy 1999 5.67
60 77 Jim Mecir 2001 3.57
61 76 B.J. Ryan 2007 14.54
62 76 Fernando Rodney 2008 4.91
63 76 Willie Hernandez 1986 3.65
64 76 Jose Jimenez 2005 0.00 DNP
65 76 Phil Niekro 1970 4.86
66 76 Doug Slaten 2011 5.51
67 76 Heathcliff Slocumb 1997 5.40
68 75 Rafael Soriano 2011 4.12
69 75 Vinnie Chulk 2010 0.00 DNP
70 75 Bruce Sutter 1984 1.98
71 75 Gary Lavelle 1980 3.96
72 75 Bob Wickman 2000 3.72
73 75 Ken Sanders 1973 4.77
74 75 Bob Stanley 1986 5.25
75 75 Brian Tallet 2009 5.55
76 75 Scott Linebrink 2008 3.88
77 74 J.J. Putz 2008 3.88
78 74 Jim Kern 1980 5.54
79 74 Kameron Loe 2013 7.09
80 74 Lindy McDaniel 1967 4.21
81 74 Joaquin Benoit 2009 0.00 DNP
82 74 Heath Bell 2009 2.71
83 74 Terry Adams 2004 5.27
84 74 Jim Brosnan 1961 3.83
85 74 Robb Nen 2001 3.24
86 73 Will Ohman 2009 5.84
87 73 Jeff Russell 1993 3.09
88 73 Geoff Geary 2008 2.53
89 73 Gene Garber 1979 5.60
90 73 Guillermo Mota 2005 5.10
91 73 Mike Koplove 2008 0.00 DNP
92 73 Jesus Colome 2009 7.59
93 73 Rich Garces 2002 8.44
94 73 Jose Mesa 1997 3.06
95 73 Todd Coffey 2012 5.12
96 73 Joel Hanrahan 2013 9.82
97 73 Tug McGraw 1976 3.24
98 73 Charlie Hough 1979 5.23
99 73 Mike MacDougal 2008 2.12
100 73 Brendan Donnelly 2003 1.70

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .224 .280 .311 .209
11 vs R (Multi) .273 .339 .392 .268
18 Split (Multi) -.049 -.059 -.081 -.058
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.026 -.032 -.063 -.030
30 vs L (2013) .286 .375 .286 .221
31 vs R (2013) .250 .318 .400 .273
38 Split (2013) .036 .057 -.114 -.052
39 LgAvg (2013) -.025 -.031 -.062 -.029

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 In two of the past three seasons, Burnett has been one of the best relievers in baseball, and he throws left-handed to boot. Those two seasons sandwiched one of the age's most mysterious outliers, as he lost nearly four strikeouts per nine while allowing more walks and home runs. What's particularly vexing is how hard it is to explain the 2011 drop. He wasn't hurt, so far as we know (though note his recent bone-spur-removal surgery). His fastball velocity was actually a career high, and he had better control (by rate of pitches in the zone). Being unable to explain it means being unable to say that those struggles won't reappear, but perhaps that's being too gloomy. The Angels got a pitcher who gets groundballs, makes batters chase, and has just turned 30 for a mere $8 million over two years. Odds aren't bad that he turns out to be the best reliever in that bullpen.
2012 For a reliever, particularly a semi-junkballer who works down in the zone and induces groundballs like ramen induces acne, an inch here or there with your landing foot, or 1 degree in an arm slot, can make a big difference in your ERA. (ERA's a dumb single vector to evaluate relievers, but people use it.) Burnett's K rate and G/F ratio both dropped from his 2010 campaign, which was an outlier anyway. He's a serviceable bullpen guy to bring in to kill some worms and try for the double play. He'll continue that role in a pen that needs some shoring up.
2011 Originally a top starting prospect before injuries struck him down (without making him more powerful than we could possibly imagine), Burnett's rebirth as a reliever transcends working in a situational role; he can get his fastball a tick or two past 90 and mixes in the odd slider. Unlike Tyler Clippard and his sharp-beaked vulturing, Burnett was the Nats' late-game set-up man who performed effectively wire-to-wire, passing leads first to Matt Capps and then Drew Storen, facing right-handed hitters about 60 percent of the time and holding them to a .182/.253/.234 clip instead of running for cover. He's only under Nats control for two more years, but the difference between a good left-handed reliever as opposed to a lefty specialist is large enough that he might bring something tasty in a deadline deal in either of the next two Julys.
2010 A survivor of multiple arm injuries finally coming into his own as a reliever, Burnett was acquired from the Pirates in a mid-season trade. His ERA belied weaker peripherals, a common theme with relief pitchers, but eight intentional free passes inflated his walk rate, which, when removed, reveals a much sunnier scenario for the situational southpaw. A 2.2 K/UBB ratio is nice for a reliever, as is an ability to generate grounders. Burnett took real strides forward in 2009, but he still relies on hitters chasing junk. His skill set may not portend an ERA in the low-3.00s moving forward, but if nothing else, more utility is likely be gained by calling his name than doling out expensive contracts to "established" relievers.
2009 Burnett spent four years rehabiliating from Tommy John and shoulder surgeries before finally getting another crack at the major leagues. Once a promising prospect as a starting pitcher, his arm can no longer withstand the rigors of 100-pitch outings, but reinvented as a reliever he still has just enough stuff to succeed, especially with last year's huge LOOGY-worth platoon split (limiting lefties to 514 OPS).
2008 The Pirates' first-round draft pick in 2000, Burnett hasn't been the same since throwing 118 pitches to complete a 10-hit shutout of the Montreal Expos in San Juan on July 9, 2004 when he was just 21. He underwent Tommy John surgery later that year, a shoulder operation the following summer, and has spent the last three years rehabbing and trying to put his career back together at Triple-A. His chances of reclaiming his career keep growing slimmer, but it isn't for lack of effort.
2007 After breaking into the Pirates` rotation in 2004, Burnett missed all of 2005 following elbow and shoulder surgery. The latter was to repair a torn labrum, an injury pitchers don`t tend to come back from. Burnett`s still just 24 years old, but he was dreadful at Indianapolis last year, and had a thin margin of error even before surgery. His chief accomplishment was staying healthy enough to make 24 starts.
2006 Reconstructive elbow surgery followed by a major shoulder injury? Sounds like something you never, ever want to see befall a promising young arm. When he was healthy, Burnett made hay with good control and groundball after groundball--a combination that could serve him well in the majors. However, if, as Shakespeare wrote, what`s past is prologue, Burnett`s injury history makes whatever future he has left, however substantial his past promise once was, something to be anticipated with grim foreboding.
2005 There's no projection because he won't be pitching in 2005. His elbow was scragged, and the surgery revealed the need for more than the usual reconstruction, so his recovery time might be more than the normal 11-12 months. His quick ascent did make it clear that there are opportunities for the young and talented grown in-house, and not just for the guys picked up in barter. Check back next year.

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2013-04-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)If I dealt Strasburgh and Sean Burnett for Verladner, how do you think I did?
(Brandon L. from Pittsburgh)
In a redraft league, you did well. Like Verlander better this year. (Bret Sayre)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Sean Burnett has thrown 4,960 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2008 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Sinker (87mph) and Slider (77mph).