Thu, Apr 2nd 10:33pm EDT
By Caleb Luketic
A.J. Burnett made his final Spring Training appearance on Thursday. Burnett threw 4 scoreless while striking out two and walking one. Burnett is going to be the third man in the Pirates rotation heading into the season.
Fantasy Impact: A.J. Burnett is entering the final season or two of his career, but he is still of some fantasy value. Anytime Burnett is on the mound he will get batters out, but he is not as flashy as he once was. Burnett cannot simply blow a fastball by a hitter because he has aged. Burnett will be a good fantasy option in a deeper league, but you should be able to find better talent on the waiver wire.
Category: Game Recaps
A.J. Burnett started for the Pirates on Wednesday night and had a poor outing, pitching for 2 2/3 innings, giving up 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, and 5K. (Source: Stephen Nesbitt on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: While not a great outing, this is not a huge concern for Burnett. The veteran is looking to rebound from an injury plagued season last year and is a worthy flier late in drafts due to his strikeout potential.
A.J. Burnett started off on the right note in his 2015 Spring Training debut, tossing two scoreless innings for the Pirates. (Source: MLB.com)
Fantasy Impact: Burnett was on target from start to finish during his outing, quite contrary to his 5.36 career ERA in the preseason. When asked about how he felt during his first time back on the mound for the Bucs he stated, "I felt good. Felt better than I've felt in a long time." If this early trend continues, Burnett could fill up the fantasy stat sheet repeatedly in 2015.
According to an MLB.com article, A.J. Burnett is expected to leave everything on the mound in 2015 as his 17-year career comes to an end. Depending on which Burnett takes the hill, this could mean big things for the Pirates. (Source: MLB.com)
Fantasy Impact: No one has ever questioned Burnett's talent or potential to be great, but an inconsistent career has lead to more than a few feeling he may have left something on the table. Burnett will be looking to duplicate his first season in Pittsburgh in 2012 when he posted a 16-10 record with a 3.51 ERA and recorded 180 strikeouts. Fantasy players have been frustrated with him for years as he seemingly goes from a front-line starter to someone who can barely find the strike zone depending on the season. If nothing else, count on Burnett to eat some innings this year, he logged almost 400 of them in his first two years as a Pirate.