Burgos continues road to redemption
Former pitching prospect Hiram Burgos continued his stretch of productive outings in the Puerto Rican Winter League after capturing his first victory of the season December 22.
Cumulatively, Burgos has allowed six earned runs through 33.2 innings pitched with 32 strikeouts and 12 walks.
Burgos pitched six scoreless innings where he allowed two hits and no walks while snapping a winless streak dating back to June 27 when he was a member of the Triple A Nashville Sounds.
The 26-year-old pitcher defeated the Oklahoma City Red Hawks in his June 27 victory where he struck out five batters in five innings and allowed no earned runs.
The right-hander struggled through his final two appearances with Nashville before the Brewers’ organization shut him down the remainder of 2013.
His victory with Nashville was part of a whirlwind tour of rehabilitation appearances when Milwaukee placed him on the 15-Day Disabled List with a right shoulder impingement.
Burgos made one appearance for Single A Wisconsin but came away with a tough loss allowing an earned run through two innings while striking out three at Beloit’s Pohlman Field June 13.
Subsequently, Milwaukee opted to reassign the Puerto Rico native to High A Brevard County following his sole appearance with the Timber Rattlers.
Burgos had difficulty producing in his appearance with the Florida State League when he was yanked after the fourth inning allowing two earned runs and received a No Decision.
With four games remaining on the schedule for Burgos’ Indios de Mayaguez, he will likely be given another appearance before heading into a short one month hiatus before arriving to Spring Training in February.
Burgos’ glimmer of hope will give new Nashville Manager Rick Sweet a desirable option in the Sounds’ 2014 starting rotation.
Unfortunately, his chances of making a return to Miller Park is limited due to four of five starting rotation spots secured.
Tyler Thornburg is considered the frontrunner for the final rotation spot in a competition with Milwaukee’s top rated prospect Jimmy Nelson along with Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Year Johnny Hellweg.