Brock Burke

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Brock Burke
Texas Rangers – No. 70
Born: (1996-08-04) August 4, 1996 (age 23)
Chicago, Illinois
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
August 20, 2019, for the Texas Rangers
MLB statistics
(through 2019 season)
Win–loss record0–2
Earned run average7.43

Brock Christopher Burke (born August 4, 1996) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball (MLB).


Burke attended Evergreen High School in Evergreen, Colorado.[1] He blew a save opportunity against local rivals Conifer High School after going 1 for 2 against standout Conifer middle reliever Howie Ritter and 3 for 4 overall in his last regular season high school game. He committed to attend the University of Oregon. The Rays selected him in the third round, with the 96th overall selection, of the 2014 MLB draft.[2][3] He signed for an above slot $897,500 signing bonus.[1] He made his professional debut in 2014 for the Gulf Coast Rays,[4] going 0–3 with a 10.80 ERA in ​13 13 innings pitched.[5] Burke spent 2015 with the Princeton Rays where he went 4–2 with a 3.42 ERA in 11 starts, and 2016 with the Hudson Valley Renegades where he pitched to a 3–3 record and a 3.39 ERA in 13 starts.[5]

Burke began the 2017 season with the Bowling Green Hot Rods, and was promoted to the Charlotte Stone Crabs during the season. In 23 starts between the two teams, he went 11–6 with a 2.99 ERA. In 2018, he pitched for both Charlotte and the Montgomery Biscuits,[6] compiling a combined 9–6 record and 3.08 ERA 25 games (22 starts).[5] The Rays added Burke to their 40-man roster after the 2018 season.[7]

On December 21, 2018, the Texas Rangers acquired Burke from the Rays as part of a three team deal in which the Rangers also acquired Kyle Bird, Yoel Espinal, Eli White, and $750,000 of international signing bonus pool space, the Rays acquired Emilio Pagan, Rollie Lacy and a competitive balance pick in the 2019 MLB draft (Seth Johnson), and the Oakland Athletics acquired Jurickson Profar.[8]

In 2019, Burke was optioned to the Frisco RoughRiders of the Double-A Texas League to open the season.[9] Burke was placed on the injured list on April 23 due to shoulder fatigue and blister issues. He made one start each for the AZL Rangers and the Hickory Crawdads, before returning to Frisco on June 26.[10] With Frisco, he went 3–5 with a 3.18 ERA in 45 innings.[5] On August 6, Burke was promoted to the Nashville Sounds of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League.[11] He made two starts for Nashville, allowing 7 runs over 8 innings.[12]

On August 20, 2019, the Rangers promoted Burke to the major leagues.[13] He made his major league debut that night versus the Los Angeles Angels, recording four strikeouts over six scoreless innings.[14][15] With Texas in 2019, Burke went 0–2 with a 7.43 ERA over ​26 23 innings.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Burke has suffered from somnambulism (sleepwalking) his entire life. On multiple occasions while in the minor leagues, Burke was witnessed by different roommates waking up suddenly during the night and acting out in various ways.[17]


  1. ^ a b Jamey Newberg (March 7, 2019). "'As advertised, if not better': The Brock Burke buzz in Rangers camp is real". The Athletic. Retrieved August 19, 2019.
  2. ^ Aaron Kasinitz (June 6, 2014). "Oregon signee Brock Burke selected by Tampa Bay Rays in third round of 2014 MLB draft". The Oregonian. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
  3. ^ Aaron Matas (June 6, 2014). "Evergreen's Brock Burke drafted by Tampa Bay". 9 News NBC Denver. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
  4. ^ Michael Hicks (July 22, 2014). "Evergreen High alum Burke perfect in pro debut". Clear Creek Courant. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d "Brock Burke Player Page". Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  6. ^ A. Stacy Long (August 14, 2018). "Burke alert: Behind lefty, Biscuits slash Generals". Montgomery Advertiser. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
  7. ^ Marc Topkin (November 20, 2018). "Rays DFA C.J. Cron in adding 5 prospects to roster". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  8. ^ T.R. Sullivan (December 21, 2018). "Rangers deal Profar to A's in 3-team trade". Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  9. ^ RotoWire Staff (March 12, 2019). "Rangers' Brock Burke: Optioned to Double-A". Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  10. ^ Duane Cross (July 20, 2019). "Burke perfect in RoughRiders' one-hitter". Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  11. ^ Alissa Noe (August 13, 2019). "Evergreen's Burke called up to Triple-A". The Canyon Courier. Retrieved August 19, 2019.
  12. ^ R.R. Sullivan (August 16, 2019). "Prospect Burke may join Rangers Tuesday". Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  13. ^ Chuck Carlton (August 18, 2019). "How will the Rangers use rookie pitchers Joe Palumbo and Brock Burke in the final weeks of the season?". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved August 19, 2019.
  14. ^ Levi Weaver (August 21, 2019). "The future is not here yet, but the Rangers can, maybe, see it from here". The Athletic. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  15. ^ T.R. Sullivan (August 21, 2019). "Solak, Burke hit the ground running in debuts". Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  16. ^ Evan Grant (September 25, 2019). "Rangers pitcher Brock Burke scratched from final start due to shoulder fatigue; Kolby Allard finishes season with a loss". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved September 26, 2019.
  17. ^ Levi Weaver (August 26, 2019). "If it looks like Brock Burke could do this in his sleep, well…". The Athletic. Retrieved September 25, 2019.

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