MICHAEL BURROWS, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: November 8, 1999
Height: 6′ 2″
Drafted: 11th Round, 324th Overall, 2018
How Acquired: Draft
High School: Waterford HS
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Burrows is a projectable pitcher with a quick arm, throwing from a three-quarters arm slot; he has a good chance to add velocity as he fills out. By the time of the 2018 draft, his fastball could touch 93 MPH, although it usually sat in the upper 80s with good sink and location. Burrows also throws a curve, slider, and change, with the slider being his best pitch. He wasn’t ranked in Baseball America’s top 500 prospects, but was the number five prospect out of Connecticut this year, falling one spot behind their #331 overall prospect. He also played third base in high school, but the Pirates drafted him as a pitcher. Burrows had a commitment to Connecticut but signed a few days before the deadline.
Burrows got into four games in the GCL and allowed just one unearned run.
A prep pitching draftee ordinarily would go to Bristol for his first full season. Burrows, though, impressed the Pirates in extended spring training, partly with velocity that got up to the mid-90s, and they sent him to West Virginia. He pitched well at times, but was erratic and generally did not go beyond four innings. He had a significant reverse platoon split, with right-handed hitters putting up an .806 OPS. He held left-handed hitters to .549.
Burrows’ 2019 season wasn’t bad considering that he was facing mostly older hitters. He should be in low class A in 2021.
|2021: Minor league contract
|Signing Bonus: $500,000
MiLB FA Eligible: 2024
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2022
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|June 6, 2018: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 11th round, 324th overall pick; signed on July 3.|