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Portrait of Matt Purke

Matt Purke PWhite Sox

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2016 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 25)
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Birth Date7-17-1990
Height6' 4"
Weight215 lbs
Age25 years, 10 months, 7 days
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ThrowsL
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DRA-Based WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA WARP
2016 CHA MLB 2 0 3.7 3 0 1 0 .253 101 7.4 0.0 0.0 2.5 36% .214 .198 0.82 2.46 0.00 103 4.37 0.0
CareerMLB203.73010.2531017.40.00.02.536%.214.1980.822.470.001034.370.0

Statistics for All Levels

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA
2012 HAG A 3 3 15.3 15 12 14 1 .277 110 8.8 7.0 0.6 8.2 49% .318 .288 1.76 5.14 5.87
2013 HAG A 6 6 29.0 25 7 41 3 .259 103 7.8 2.2 0.9 12.7 46% .333 .239 1.10 2.83 2.48
2013 POT A+ 12 12 61.0 67 18 41 3 .253 108 9.9 2.7 0.4 6.0 50% .325 .255 1.39 3.73 4.43
2014 HAR AA 8 8 31.3 42 18 22 5 .255 105 12.1 5.2 1.4 6.3 53% .356 .319 1.91 5.84 8.04
2015 HAG A 8 8 32.7 34 9 21 1 .272 97 9.4 2.5 0.3 5.8 61% .314 .256 1.32 3.51 3.03
2015 POT A+ 2 2 7.0 5 1 3 1 .248 111 6.4 1.3 1.3 3.9 77% .190 .183 0.86 4.68 3.86
2015 HAR AA 10 5 24.3 33 7 19 2 .259 98 12.2 2.6 0.7 7.0 51% .383 .317 1.64 3.76 6.29
2016 CHA MLB 2 0 3.7 3 0 1 0 .253 101 7.4 0.0 0.0 2.5 36% .214 .198 0.82 2.46 0.00
2016 CHR AAA 10 1 15.7 16 8 14 2 .243 119 9.2 4.6 1.1 8.0 40% .280 .265 1.53 4.51 2.30

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

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-07-25 - 60-DL - - Left Elbow Recovery From Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2014-05-29
2014-05-19 2014-07-25 Minors 67 0 Left Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2014-05-29 -
2013-02-15 2013-03-05 Camp 18 0 Left Shoulder Recovery From Surgery Bursitis and Scar Tissue 2012-08-22 -
2012-06-18 2012-09-05 Minors 79 68 Right Shoulder Surgery Bursitis and Scar Tissue 2012-08-22 -
2012-06-11 2012-09-08 Minors 89 74 Left Shoulder Surgery Bursitis and Scar Tissue 2012-08-22 -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2016 CHA $
2015 WAS $
2014 WAS $1,037,500
2013 WAS $1,037,500
2012 WAS $1,037,500
2011 WAS $1,037,500
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$4,150,000
4 yrTotal$4,150,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 66 dPeter Vescovo1 year (2016)

Details
  • 1 year (2016). Signed by Chicago White Sox as a free agent 11/21/15 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by Chicago White Sox 5/13/16.
  • 1 year (2015). Re-signed by Washington as a free agent 11/18/14 (minor-league contract).
  • 4 years/$4.15M (2011-14). Signed Major League contract with Washington 8/15/11. $2.75M signing bonus. Released by Washington 11/14/14.
  • Drafted by Washington 2011 (3-96) (TCU).

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BP Articles

Matt Purke is referenced in the following articles.

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Pebble Hunting: Should Have Taken TroutSam Miller2016-03-14
This article requires BP Premium accessNotes from the Field: July 1, 2015BP Prospect Staff2015-07-01
Every Team's Moneyball: Washington Nationals: On a Draft HighChristopher Crawford2015-03-23
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Wednesday, May 7Jeff Moore2014-05-08
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Thursday, May 1Jeff Moore2014-05-02
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Thursday, April 24Jeff Moore2014-04-25
PECOTA Takes on Prospects: Introduction: I Now Pronounce You Scout and StatAndrew Koo2014-04-15
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 7-9Jeff Moore2014-03-10
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 5Jeff Moore2014-03-06
Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of February 28-March 2Jeff Moore2014-03-03
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: AFL Recap for Games of October 29Jeff Moore2013-10-30
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: AFL Recap for Games of October 23Jeff Moore2013-10-24
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: AFL Recap for Games of October 17Jeff Moore2013-10-18
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: AFL Recap for Games of October 10Jeff Moore2013-10-11
This article requires BP Premium accessEyewitness Accounts: August 30, 2013BP Prospect Staff2013-08-30
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of August 9-11Zach Mortimer2013-08-12
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Monday, July 8Zach Mortimer2013-07-09
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: July 2, 2013Clint Chisam2013-07-02
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of June 28-30Zach Mortimer2013-07-01
This article requires BP Premium accessSkewed Left: Searching for Baseball's Brandon JenningsZachary Levine2013-06-27
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of June 21-23Zach Mortimer2013-06-24
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Tuesday, June 11Zach Mortimer2013-06-12
Baseball ProGUESTus: Does Declining to Sign Pay Off for Draftees?Dustin Palmateer2013-06-11
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Tuesday, June 4Zach Mortimer2013-06-05
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: May 29, 2013Clint Chisam2013-05-29
This article requires BP Premium accessProspects Will Break Your Heart: Washington Nationals Top 10 ProspectsJason Parks2013-03-28
The Lineup Card: 11 Favorite Off-Season MovesBaseball Prospectus2013-02-20
This article requires BP Premium accessRumor Roundup: Wednesday, January 16Daniel Rathman2013-01-16
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Teams That Could Have a Tough Time TradingKevin Goldstein2012-07-25
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: The Nats Are Geniuses! Appel Is Stupid! Not So FastKevin Goldstein2012-07-16
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of June 5Kevin Goldstein2012-06-06
Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of May 30Kevin Goldstein2012-05-31
Future Shock Blog: Top 101 Prospects: Opening Day AssignmentsKevin Goldstein2012-04-05
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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2016-04-19 12:00:00 (link to chat)Where in the world did former 1st then 3rd rounder Matt Purke go? So much promise to be the next Strasburg-esque guy and hasn't panned out to much. Why do you think that is?
(txbbfan from Fort Worth, TX)
A little background for readers on Purke: he was drafted 14th overall in 2009, after an amateur career where he was a very 'known' prospect for a number of years leading up to his senior season at Klein HS (Klein, TX). He was taken by the hometown Rangers, who at the time were under financial constraints and were being at least monitored by MLB. As such, the Rangers and Purke's camp weren't able to agree on a bonus, and he went to TCU. He was a third-round pick by the Nationals three years later, spending the majority of his time in the rotation across a handful of levels in their system. He's with the White Sox now and not on the 40-man roster, pitching in Triple-A Charlotte as a 25 year old.

To actually answer the question: Yes--Purke did hold a lot of promise. In his heyday, he flashed plus velocity and a chance plus slider as a lefty, all from a deceptive lower arm-slot. The same arm-slot likely contributed to a myriad of injuries he has dealt with since that have significantly lessened his velocity and raw stuff. Similarly, the angle he creates now, at least, has the look of a left-handed reliever if anything. A source had him in the upper-80s to low-90s this past weekend in an outing for Charlotte. I think the injuries definitely played a role in Purke's attrition, but I also just think this is another lesson in 'prospects will break your heart.' We live in an era where prospects get more attention than ever, meaning that high draft picks accordingly are scrutinized and championed more than they ever were in eras previous. It's easy to be sucked up into the hype--especially as a fan of a team. It's always important to bear in mind the reality that there's a lot of failure when it comes to a young player matriculating into a big leaguer, even the highest picks. There are plenty of other Matt Purkes across time; there will be more, too. I wouldn't say this guy absolutely WON'T reach the big leagues--he is only 25--but if he does it will almost certainly be in a situational bullpen role. (Adam McInturff)
2013-08-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)What happened to Matt Purke? Such talent and now diminished velo with that delivery is hard to watch.
(ThunderAce41 from OKC)
Injuries kill. Just not the same guy he was out of high school or after his freshman season at TCU. Still a prospect to some extent, because he can pitch a little bit, but nowhere near as exciting as he was in the past. (Jason Cole)
2013-04-04 11:00:00 (link to chat)Which if any of the following would you throw a sleeper tag on for this year: Burch Smith, Ismael Guillon, Jake DeGrom, Cody Kukuk, Mike Kickham, Asher Wojochowski, Zach Bird? Also, what do you think of Matt Purke for 2013?
(Brian from Boston)
Smith was excellent when I saw him this spring, and I think he's ready t breakout. Bird is another guy that could be ready to take a very big step forward in 2013. (Jason Parks)
2013-02-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Dude, do you think the Nats will be better or worse than last year? We might get a full season of Strasburg, Denard Span is a nice addition, and Bryce Harper could get even better, which is sooo metal. But then again I feel like the whole infield could regress, as could Gio. What do you think?
(RTG from Grey Cubicle, DC)
I was as shocked as anyone by Gio's performance last year. I predicted regression, and dude just absolutely dismantled the NL. So hell, you got me when it comes to Gio.

Harper will continue to get better for a LONG time, which is almost scary. 200+ innings from Strasburg, plus you've got Matt Purke lurking back there too... plus there aren't many holes in the lineup. I like them a LOT and wouldn't be surprised to see them not just win the NL East but go deep into the playoffs. (Ian Miller)
2012-11-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are the smart moves for the Nationals to make this Hot Stove Season?
(Paul from DC)
Hey, Paul. I'm not sure there are any moves to be made, are there? Maybe little ones here and there, but I feel like there aren't many holes. They passed on Laroche, right? But Morse could shift to 1st, which means there's a corner outfield spot to fill. If Matt Purke's surgery is successful, that's another power arm for the 'pen, or for an already burgeoning rotation.

Do you see any obvious holes? (Ian Miller)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Matt Purke has thrown 161 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2011 and 2016, including pitches thrown in Spring Training and Fall/Winter Ball. In 2016, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (93mph) and Slider (80mph), also mixing in a Splitter (86mph).