Matt Purke

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Matt Purke
Matt Purke 4.jpg
Purke pitching for TCU
Washington Nationals – No. 50
Born: (1990-07-17) July 17, 1990 (age 24)
Spring, Texas
Bats: Left Throws: Left

Matthew Taylor Purke (born July 17, 1990) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Washington Nationals organization.

Amateur career[edit]

Purke attended Klein High School in Klein, Texas. Het was considered one of the best high school pitchers in baseball. His junior year was his best as he had a 12-1 win–loss record with a 0.37 earned run average (ERA). In his senior season he went 4-2 with a 1.18 ERA. He also carried a 4.5 GPA. He came out as a flamethrower throwing an average of 92 miles per hour (148 km/h).[citation needed]

The Texas Rangers selected Purke in the first round, with the 14th overall selection, of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft.[1] He did not sign, and instead enrolled at Texas Christian University (TCU), where he played college baseball for the TCU Horned Frogs. While there, he earned 2nd Team All American as a Freshman, and was named the Freshman of the year while going 16-0 with a 3.02 ERA. His sophomore year he went 5-1 with a 1.71 ERA in 11 starts.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Purke was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the third round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft. He was added to the 40 man roster in 2012 and made 3 starts for Class A Hagerstown Suns. He was injured right after and missed the rest of the season. He began 2013 with Hagerstown.[3] He signed a major league deal on August 15, 2011.[4]

In 2012, Purke had shoulder debridement surgery. Pitching for the Harrisburg Senators of the Class AA Eastern League in 2014, Purke struggled with a 1-6 record and an 8.04 ERA. Purke underwent Tommy John surgery.[5] In November 2014, the Nationals released Purke,[6] and then re-signed him to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.[7]


  1. ^ "MLB Draft Profiles: Matt Purke". Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Matt Purke Minor League Statistics & History -". Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Nationals get aggressive, take TCU’s Matt Purke in the third round". Washington Post. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Nationals agree to terms with LHP Matt Purke, third-round Draft selection". Washington Nationals. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Washington Nationals prospect Matt Purke needs Tommy John surgery - News - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Washington drops former Texas Rangers top pick from major-league roster". Texas Rangers Blog. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Nationals sign Matt Purke to a minor league deal". Washington Post. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 

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