A pitcher selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2018 draft still has not allowed a run in their professional career
Every year, each Major League Baseball teams find hidden gems in their draft class. For the Pittsburgh Pirates, right-handed pitcher Michael Burrows may prove to be one such example from the 2018 draft class.
The Pirates selected Burrows out of Waterford High School in Connecticut in the 11th round of the 2018 MLB Draft. Burrows quickly signed with the club, and was able to begin his professional career last summer.
Last summer, Burrows pitched in four games, with three of them being starts, for the Gulf Coast League Pirates. In these four games Burrows allowed six hits, he walked four, plunked a pair, and struck out nine in 14 innings pitched. In these 14 innings of work, Burrows allowed just 1 run. However, this run was unearned.
Due to this, Burrows entered the 2019 season with 0.00 ERA in his professional career. Well, after his first start of the 2019 campaign, Burrows career ERA remains a perfect 0.00.
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Over the weekend, the West Virginia Black Bears of the New-York Penn League kicked off their 2019 season. West Virginia is where Burrows will spend his 2019 season, and this season started on Monday.
On Monday, Burrows pitched 5 scoreless innings for the Black Bears. He limited the Williamsport Crosscutters to just two hits, he walked three, and he recorded five strikeouts.
In his professional career Burrows has now pitched 19 innings. Burrows has limited opponents to eight hits, no home runs, seven walks, and 14 strikeouts. Most importantly, he has not allowed an earned run in these 19 innings of work.
Cody Smith then followed Burrows on Monday. He faced six batters, retired all six, and retired five of them. This work by Smith helped the Black Bears cap off a 2-0 victory in the first game of a doubleheader on Monday. Due to it being a doubleheader, the teams only played 7 innings.
Burrows career is off to an unforgettable start. 19 innings into his professional career he still owns a 0.00 ERA. Very quickly, Burrows has become a Pirate pitching prospect that fans should keep an eye on.