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Re: Follow the Prospects: Matt Purke, LHP
« Reply #50: August 20, 2011, 02:02:48 PM »
Coach Ray Flaherty: I want to see you hit that receiver in the eye.
Sammy Baugh: Which eye?

Purke should wear 33.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Matt Purke, LHP
« Reply #51: August 24, 2011, 09:19:44 AM »
What are the implications of a major league deal?  Meaning, does it only mean that Purke will use a 40 man roster spot or does it influence/change his options?

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Matt Purke, LHP
« Reply #52: August 24, 2011, 09:23:53 AM »
What are the implications of a major league deal?  Meaning, does it only mean that Purke will use a 40 man roster spot or does it influence/change his options?

yes to 40 man, no to options. What it does is allow the club to pay his bonus over the life of the contract as opposed to by the end of 2012.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Matt Purke, LHP
« Reply #53: August 25, 2011, 11:39:31 PM »
It also means that it can't be voided because of injury

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Matt Purke, LHP
« Reply #54: August 25, 2011, 11:42:28 PM »
yes to 40 man, no to options. What it does is allow the club to pay his bonus over the life of the contract as opposed to by the end of 2012.

and we have what, 7 guys on the 40 now who aren't ready for the majors yet?  Next year is going to be interesting.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Matt Purke, LHP
« Reply #55: September 08, 2011, 11:50:39 AM »
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Re: Follow the Prospects: Matt Purke, LHP
« Reply #56: October 27, 2011, 08:53:10 AM »
From Kevin Goldstein, Baseball Prospectus, Oct 25:

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=15358

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Matt Purke, LHP, Nationals
Purke was a lightning rod of a subject in the days leading up to the 2011 draft. Entering the spring as a potential first overall pick, Purke never looked right during the season, often struggling to get out of the mid- to upper 80s with his fastball. Purke even had a visit to Dr. James Andrews, who diagnosed him with bursitis, but no permanent damage. Purke’s performance, injury risk, and no reduction in bonus demands dropped him to the third round, where the aggressive Nationals scooped him up and finally got him to sign at the deadline for $2.75 million. Making his first start for the Scorpions on Friday, Purke faced eight batters and retired one while also walking one, hitting another, and giving up two doubles, a triple, and a home run. While he's been getting into the low-90s with his fastball, his command is all but nonexistent, his slider is flat, and his changeup isn’t deceptive. Rustiness and still not being 100 percent certainly are factors here, but at the same time, Purke doesn't seem any less risky of a player than he was in May.


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Re: Follow the Prospects: Matt Purke, LHP
« Reply #57: October 27, 2011, 06:42:56 PM »
From Kevin Goldstein, Baseball Prospectus, Oct 25:

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=15358



That's not good.  No matter how you slice it.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Matt Purke, LHP
« Reply #58: October 27, 2011, 09:49:39 PM »
I dont see how he's as risky now as he was then.

He's pitching. As we've seen with Rendon, if there was ANY issue at all with his health, he would not be playing. As far as Im concerned, he is healthy, and that was the issue.

The fact that he is getting it up into the low 90's is also positive.

While I was hoping he'd dominate, I didn't expect much out of him here. Reality - the kid pitched a season and a half of college baseball. He's going to be at Hagerstown next year. He's pitching after a lot of time off and some re-working of his mechanics, and is all of a sudden thrown out against the best prospects in the game. Many on the bring of the big leagues. While I am disappointed he has pitched so poorly, I don't think there's any cause for concern. The talk about his pitches being flat and control being non existent pretty much state the obvious - He's rusty. Combine rust, getting back into shape(also remember, all these guys are coming off a season that ended a month or so ago, and Purke hasn't done anything in 3-4 months), and playing against guys with pro experience at least two levels above him, and it doesn't add up to a recipe for success.

Disappointing, sure, but I don't think there's any reason to be worried long term. And the reason we keep running him out there is to get some innings under his arm. Ideally he'll get better with each outing, and get some confidence back so he has something to build on come spring, but we'll see how that goes the rest of the season.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Matt Purke, LHP
« Reply #59: October 27, 2011, 09:52:02 PM »
That's not good.  No matter how you slice it.



These games no count

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Matt Purke, LHP
« Reply #60: November 18, 2011, 12:35:45 PM »
Video on Purke in the AFL.

http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=19996231&topic_id=8877508&c_id=was

In one of the frames you can see he hits 94 on the gun. :clap:

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Matt Purke, LHP
« Reply #61: November 18, 2011, 12:40:54 PM »
Man if he can get his velocity back up  :az:

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Matt Purke, LHP
« Reply #62: November 19, 2011, 11:18:45 AM »
What's this about Purke being sent to Alabama?  Read it at Zuckerman's site.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Matt Purke, LHP
« Reply #63: November 19, 2011, 12:20:34 PM »
What's this about Purke being sent to Alabama?  Read it at Zuckerman's site.

Are you sure it didn't say Arizona?

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Matt Purke, LHP
« Reply #64: November 19, 2011, 12:35:38 PM »
What's this about Purke being sent to Alabama?  Read it at Zuckerman's site.

According to the man himself on Twitter:

"had to go to Alabama to do a throwing test or I def would have drove home"

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Matt Purke, LHP
« Reply #65: November 19, 2011, 12:51:44 PM »
James Andrews.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Matt Purke, LHP
« Reply #66: November 19, 2011, 02:14:04 PM »
Yep. Yikes.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Matt Purke, LHP
« Reply #67: November 19, 2011, 02:39:01 PM »
According to the man himself on Twitter:

"had to go to Alabama to do a throwing test or I def would have drove home"

Could be follow up. He may have seen him when he hurt his shoulder? Wishful thinking on my part maybe.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Matt Purke, LHP
« Reply #68: November 19, 2011, 03:25:49 PM »
Could be follow up. He may have seen him when he hurt his shoulder? Wishful thinking on my part maybe.

Andrews only deals in TJ, I believe.

I know he does surgery on all types of body parts... but I think he specializes in elbows, not shoulders.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Matt Purke, LHP
« Reply #69: November 19, 2011, 03:30:12 PM »
Probably just a scheduled checkup after the AFL completed.  Andrews has been dealing with Purke's shoulder problems since April.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Matt Purke, LHP
« Reply #70: November 19, 2011, 04:13:40 PM »
Probably just a scheduled checkup after the AFL completed.  Andrews has been dealing with Purke's shoulder problems since April.
Probably this. They had it checked out, he threw fine, just checking up on him again.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Matt Purke, LHP
« Reply #71: November 19, 2011, 05:16:05 PM »
Probably just a scheduled checkup after the AFL completed.  Andrews has been dealing with Purke's shoulder problems since April.

Andrews probably has some input into his shoulder strengthening program.  I think he developed Papelbon's after his initial subluxation and kept him off the DL for 6 years.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Matt Purke, LHP
« Reply #72: November 25, 2011, 01:21:18 AM »
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/nov/23/nationals-southpaw-matt-purke-on-rebound-from-inju/
Little article on Purke, the end poses the question of him making the opening day roster, not likely but he is on the 40 man after all. Can't wait to see him in the minors next year though.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Matt Purke, LHP
« Reply #73: November 26, 2011, 12:31:12 AM »
He's got no chance. If Strasburg didn't make it, Purke isn't going to.

Im in favor of taking it slow with the kid at the start. Start him out in Hagerstown. If after 5 starts, he's killin it, move him to Potomac. I'd let him settle in at Potomac for a little while, but could see him finishing the year in Harrisburg if everything goes well.

As long as he's healthy, he'll be a fast riser. His combination of stuff and poise will get him to the bigs pretty quickly IMO.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Matt Purke, LHP
« Reply #74: November 26, 2011, 02:00:56 AM »
I don't care whether or not he has a chance.  He needs to approach it like he does.