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3. Matt Purke, LHPDOB: 7/17/90Height/Weight: 6-4/180Bats/Throws: L/LDrafted/Signed: 3rd round, 2011, Texas Christian University2011 Stats: DNPTools Profile: High-upside left-hander, but one with considerable risk.Year in Review: Entering the spring as a potential number one overall pick, Purke did not pitch well, suffered through shoulder problems, and fell to the third round, where he signed for a $2.75 million bonus.The Good: The 2010 version of Purke profiled as a front-of-the-rotation starter. His low-to-mid 90s fastball can be as notable for its movement as much as its velocity, and his slider is a potential wipeout pitch with heavy bite. His changeup is at least average and he throws it with confidence.The Bad: Purke's stuff was all over the board in 2011, and he showed just average velocity in the Arizona Fall League to go with flat secondary offerings. That might be rust, but there are concerns that his shoulder issues could become more regular due to an arm-heavy delivery that requires significant effort.Ephemera: While it's a bit of a moving target, Jake Arrieta is already the all-time wins leader among pitchers drafted out of TCU with 16.Perfect World Projection: Star-level starter.Fantasy Impact: At this point, he's a risky investment.Path to the Big Leagues: A return to form will rocket Purke up the prospect lists, while a repeat of the 2011 version will cause him to plummet. We'll see what we get when he begins the year at one of Washington's lower-level squads.ETA: 2014
"I liked his delivery," Johnson said. "I liked the way the ball came out of his hand. He looks good."Purke won't see a lot of action in games this spring. Johnson said he might have him pitch in the March 2 exhibition opener against Georgetown University (stats from that game don't count as official spring training numbers) and perhaps an inning or two out of the bullpen once Grapefruit League play begins.
I hope he does well. Really think he could also fly through the minors.
Anyone hear how the game went today?
purke has begun the season on the 7 day DL
Lacy Lusk @lacyluskLHP Matt Purke said he'll start seeing game action this week at extended spring in Viera. He said he threw a 45-pitch bullpen on Friday.
Nationals pitching prospect Matt Purke will make his professional debut Wednesday for Hagerstown, according to a club source. Purke will start for the Suns, the Nationals' Single-A affiliate, as they finish up a three-game series with Greensboro.
hasn't he been pitching in extended spring training?
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