The Milwaukee Brewers continue to seek out depth for their system and yesterday reportedly re-signed a familiar face to a minor league deal. According to the verified MLB Puerto Rico Twitter account, right hander Hiram Burgos has agreed to a minor league pact and will be back for his eighth season in the organization in 2017. He has also received an invitation to Spring Training.
Burgos, 29, was a 6th-round pick by Milwaukee back in 2009. He was well-regarded while coming up though the Brewers’ system, including winning the organization’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year following a 2012 season that saw him post a 1.95 ERA and 153:49 K/BB ratio in 171.0 innings between the high-A, AA, and AAA levels. Burgos made his major league debut the following year in 2013, making six starts for Milwaukee. It didn’t go too well, however, as he worked to a 6.44 ERA with 18 strikeouts and 11 walks across 29.1 innings pitched.
A shoulder injury wound up ending Burgos’ 2013 season prematurely and cost him almost all of 2014, but the right-hander has bounced back with some solid work in the minor leagues over the past two seasons. Last year for AAA Colorado Springs, Burgos pitched 143.1 innings with a 4.40 ERA, 3.76 DRA and 115:55 K/BB ratio. Burgos will get a look in big league camp next spring, but it’s likely he’ll wind up back in Colorado Springs and reprise his role as the veteran leader of the AAA rotation.
Statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference and Baseball-Prospectus