Sunday, October 31, 2004

Ambriorix Burgos Report

Ambriorix Burgos, RHP, Kansas City Royals
Signed as an Undrafted Free Agent, 2000, Dominican Republic
Bats R/Throws R
20 YO, 6'3", 230 lbs

Burgos is another in the long line of young flamethrowers who can dominate if he has his control, but can also get dominated if he doesn't have his control. He isn't as extreme as Bobby Jenks or Nick Neugebauer, but he's of the same species. In Burlington, he posted a 4.38 ERA with 172 K's and 75 walks in 133 2/3 innings. He only gave up 109 hits, so he can obviously miss some bats.

With high 90's heat, he can be a top notch starter, or high leverage reliever. But he can only be those things if he cuts out the walks. I'm generally pessimistic about pitchers like this. Burgos is no exception.

ETA: 2007
2 1/2 Stars

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