Matt Purke Tracker

SP, Texas Christian University
Age: 20
Born: July 17, 1990
Height: 6′ 3″
Weight: 175
Bats: Left
Throws: Left

Class: Sophomore
Level: NCAA

Advisor: Peter Vescovo


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Purke was selected by the Texas Rangers in the first round of the 2009 draft, but decided to go to college and re-enter the draft in 2011 as a draft eligible sophomore. The 6’ 3”, 180 pound left hander put up a 3.02 ERA in 116.1 innings during his first year in college ball in 2010, with an 11.0 K/9 and a 2.6 BB/9 ratio. He throws a 92-95 MPH fastball, and a hard slider which was rated as one of the best in the 2009 prep class.

If Anthony Rendon isn’t an option for the Pirates, and it’s hard to imagine he wouldn’t be if he’s anywhere close to healthy, then Purke could be a strong candidate for the first overall pick, giving the Pirates another potential top of the rotation starter to add to the system.


2009: Selected by the Texas Rangers in the 1st round, 14th overall.
Baseball America: #3 (2/3/2011)
Jonathan Mayo: #3 (10/25/2010)
Perfect Game: #3 (1/15/2011)

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  • Anonymous

    Other than the injury Purkee has had, is there any reason he isn’t being mentioned as the top draft choice? High K rate, not outlandish walks per nine, low BAA, not a Boras client, likely able to pitch after his college season, a lefty and prior #1 draft pick. Wonder what the Rangers offered?

    Rendon looks like his power has been zapped. One HR per month: don’t we already have a 3B who can deliver that? OTOH, a .300+ hitter with a Ted Williams like eye and solid defense is hard to come by.

    Other names make it a tough choice.