Mike Burrows Named as Eastern League Pitcher of the Week

Minor League Baseball named the league Pitchers/Players of the Week on Tuesday and Altoona’s Mike Burrows was named as the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week. He made one start last week, going seven shutout innings on two hits, one walk and eight strikeouts. He was the only representative from the Pittsburgh Pirates affiliates.

Burrows currently has a 1.90 ERA, an 0.87 WHIP, a .166 BAA and a 54:12 SO/BB ratio in 42.2 innings this season. He ranks first in the league in ERA, first in BAA, second in WHIP and sixth in strikeouts. Among starters for the Pirates minor league teams, he has the lowest ERA, lowest WHIP and most strikeouts.

You can read more about Burrows (and plenty of others) here in our Pirates Prospects Player of the Week article.

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John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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Watching video’s of him pitching, you have to say he has nasty stuff.


Thinking he will be moving onto different top prospects lists at their midseason updates, thoughts?


Priester better get healthy or Burrows is going to steal his spot in Pirates rotation.


Believe me, there are spots available for both.


Movin’ on up!


Love that dance, has been imitating it for years!


TINSTAAPP. There Is No Such Thing As A Pitching Prospect. Every starting pitcher at every level is a ticking time bomb for injury and/or bust. Keep moving them up to the point of failure because you have no idea how long you’re going to get this kind of performance from them.

In other words, get Burrows to Indy quick. They’ll make room for him in the rotation.


Yep, time to move him up.


A pitcher who throws strikes…what a wonderful concept…


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