At the end of the 2014 season, things looked bad for right-handed pitcher Jake Burnette's future. He was a member of that strong 2011 Pittsburgh Pirates draft class, going in the seventh round and receiving a $550,000 bonus to break his commitment to Georgia Tech. That was the fifth biggest bonus in the draft for the Pirates, and just $50,000 behind what Tyler Glasnow received in the fifth round.
Burnette came into the system looking like he had a lot of promise, flashing a fastball that hit 93 MPH in his first year, along with a curveball that had the potential to be an above-average pitch. He was tall, skinny, and projectable. There wasn't much that seemed to separate him and his upside from ninth round pick Clay Holmes, who has the upside of a middle of the rotation starter.
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