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Top Brock Burke News

  • Rangers' Brock Burke: Gets $1 million from Rangers

    Burke signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Rangers on Thursday to avoid arbitration, Kennedi Landry of MLB.com reports.

    Burke struggled with the long ball in 2023, serving up 2.0 HR/9 across 59.2 frames. He had a relatively strong 17.2 K-BB%, so he could see some improvement moving forward if he can keep the ball in the yard.

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  • Rangers' Brock Burke: Added to World Series roster

    The Rangers added Burke to their World Series roster Tuesday, Kennedi Landry of MLB.com reports.

    With Max Scherzer shut down for the rest of the Fall Classic due to back spasms, Burke will replace Scherzer on Texas' roster and provide additional bullpen depth to close out the series. The 27-year-old southpaw put up a 4.37 ERA and 1.22 WHIP through 59.2 frames during the regular season and will likely be limited to middle relief.

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  • Rangers' Brock Burke: Off ALCS roster

    Burke wasn't included on the Rangers' roster for the ALCS against the Astros, which starts Sunday night in Houston, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.

    Burke made just one appearance between the ALDS and wild-card series, allowing two runs on a hit and a walk over one-third of an inning against the Orioles. The left-hander was a key reliever for Texas during the first four months of the season with a 2.72 ERA and nine holds, but he's surrendered 18 earned runs in 19 appearances since Aug. 1, including the postseason.

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  • Rangers' Brock Burke: First appearance in a week

    Burke allowed one run on two hits while striking out one over 1.1 innings in Monday's 7-2 loss to the Tigers.

    A rested Burke threw 27 pitches during his first outing in seven days. The Rangers burned through the their more trusted arms during a stretch of close games before Monday presented an opportunity to dust off Burke, Yerry Rodriguez and Cody Bradford.

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  • Rangers' Brock Burke: Earns second win

    Burke (2-0) pitched a scoreless 1.1 innings to earn Tuesday's win over the Diamondbacks.

    Burke retired all four batters faced on balls that never left the infield. After starter Jon Gray worked 5.1 innings, Burke was the pitcher of record when Ezequiel Duran put Texas ahead for good with a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning. The left-hander has remained unscathed in a bullpen that's taken its lumps recently. He's not overpowering, but Burke hasn't allowed a run in seven innings and has a 2.03 ERA over 13.1 innings.

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  • Rangers' Brock Burke: Logs second hold

    Burke allowed one run on one hit and struck out one over two innings to earn a hold in Monday's 11-2 win over Kansas City.

    Burke allowed a seventh-inning home run to Hunter Dozier, but by that point, the Rangers had given him a 10-run lead, so it was all about throwing strikes and getting the easy win. This was Burke's second hold in four appearances, which have all come in middle relief. He's entered games in the fifth or sixth innings. The left-hander has allowed two runs on six hits while striking out five and walking none over 5.1 innings.

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  • Rangers' Brock Burke: Works scoreless seventh

    Burke allowed one hit and struck out one over a scoreless seventh inning in Monday's spring game against Cincinnati.

    Burke has been mentioned as a possible candidate for saves and part of a closer mix. This was his first Cactus League appearance. Of note, Jose Leclerc, the leading candidate to close, pitched a scoreless fourth inning.

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  • Rangers' Brock Burke: Variety of roles possible

    Burke and the Rangers discussed a return to the rotation earlier in the offseason, and he's now being considered for the closer spot as well, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.

    While the Rangers seemingly aren't certain how they'll use Burke next season, it's clear they like him quite a bit. It's easy to see why, as he recorded a 1.97 ERA last season in 82.1 innings of relief, backing that number up with a 27.4 percent strikeout rate and 7.3 percent walk rate. He was a starter in the minors and regularly threw multiple innings last season, so it could make sense for the Rangers to stretch him out and have him ready as the top fill-in should any of their starters' long injury histories get even longer. Given his success in relief, however, it could make sense for the Rangers to keep him in the bullpen, where he'll compete with Jose Leclerc, Jonathan Hernandez and potentially others for saves.

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  • Rangers' Brock Burke: Takes fourth loss

    Burke (7-4) took the loss against the Guardians on Saturday, allowing two runs on two hits while issuing two walks and striking out two batters over 2.1 innings.

    Burke entered the game in the seventh and struck out Oscar Gonzalez swinging to start the inning before giving up a solo homer to Andres Gimenez on a 2-1 slider. After retiring the next two batters, Burke returned in the eighth and allowed a leadoff walk to Steven Kwan followed by a ground-rule double in the next at-bat to put the Rangers down 3-1. The reliever has still allowed just three earned runs in six September appearances (10.1 innings) with a 12:6 K:BB over that stretch.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-4, 210 lbs
Birthplace: Chicago, IL
Age: 27
Experience: 3
Bats/Throws: L, L