Tag:Michael Burgess
Posted on: January 17, 2011 3:05 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2011 4:02 pm

Nationals acquire Tom Gorzelanny

GorzelannyThe Nationals have acquired starting pitcher Tom Gorzelanny from the Cubs for three minor-league prospects, Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington confirmed.

The prospects are currently unknown, but Zuckerman has it as two pitchers and an outfielder (which FOX Sports labels as Michael Burgess), which will help restock the farm system after gutting it in the Matt Graza trade. Gorzelanny became expendable after the Garza deal, and while the lefty could have pitched out of the bullpen for the Cubs, held more value as a starting pitcher in trade.

Now, Gorz will head to the Nationals with an excellent chance of making the rotation. He figures to join Livan Hernandez, John Lannan, Jordan Zimmermann and Ross Detwiler, but will have to fend off veteran Jason Marquis and Cuban Yunesky Maya, so there remains a chance Gorzelanny will end up in the bullpen.

The former Pirate went 7-9 with a 4.09 ERA (4.49 xFIP) in 23 starts and six relief appearances over 136 1/3 innings. He whiffed 119 but walked 68, a step back from 2009's 47 punchouts and 17 walks in 47 innings. He has one a year of success out of the rotation, tossing 201 2/3 innings for the Pirates back in 2007 with a 3.66 ERA.

Washington has been trying to add a starter all offseason, so they finally get their man and do so without committing dollars to an older free-agent pitcher. At just 27, Gorzelanny possesses upside and as someone going through the arbitration process, minimal dollars and only one year of commitment.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 19, 2010 8:35 pm

Harper continues to impress in AFL

If you want to see Bryce Harper play, his Scottsdale Scorpions will be in the Arizona Fall League championship on Saturday, with the game on MLB Network (3 p.m. Eastern). Nationals hitting coach Rick Eckstein has already watched Harper in Arizona and came away impressed.

"He attacks the baseball, which is great for a hitter," Eckstein told MLB.com's Bill Ladson . "The days that he wasn't playing, he treated those days as if he was playing. He would go out during batting practice and get reads off the bat in right field and center field. He was working to get better in the outfield. It was impressive watching him work."

Bryce Harper As a member of the "taxi squad," Harper's been limited to playing two days a week. One of those days is Saturday, so he'll be able to play in Saturday's game against the Peoria Javelinas, who feature Seattle second baseman Dustin Ackley, Houston first baseman Koby Clemens and Toronto shortstop Adeiny Hechevarria, among others. Astros right-hander Kyle Greenwalt will start for the Javelinas.

Harper isn't expected to start in the game, though he is expected to play. Nationals outfield prospect Michael Burgess will get the start in right field.

Harper has had limited opportunities playing just twice a week, but he's certainly capitalized, hitting .343/.410/.629 in nine games, hitting a home run, three double and two triples in just 35 at-bats.

"I think we would be doing ourselves a disservice trying to put that timeline together," Eckstein told MLB.com about when Harper should expect to make the big leagues. "Go into A ball and succeed. He gets a taste of coming up through the minor leagues. He is advanced, but he just turned 18. We have to understand that, too. I think he could compete at a high level, but you don't want to risk that developmental time mentally. I'm very impressed with every part of him as a person, as a player, the way he thinks and his commitment to excellence."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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