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34 A.J. Burnett SP

Pittsburgh Pirates

Fantasy Stats
Own%Start%
61%34%
Key Stats
IPW-LSVERAKsBB
213.28-1804.5919096
Pitching Summary
YearTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2014PHI8184.5934341000213.2205122109202096190

Player Updates

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Pirates P A.J. Burnett changes tune about shifting
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com

Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett has not had the highest of opinions when it comes to infield-shifting in the past. In 2013, he let some reporters know what he thought about shifting at the time.

When asked about a shift of shortstop Clint Barmes that year, Burnett stated, “I do not have a problem with (Barmes), I had a problem with the (expletive) shift. We play people in the wrong spot.”

But Burnett seemed to change his tune when reflecting upon the subject.

“As much as I complained about the shifts, they helped,” Burnett said. “They really did. It's that one a game, you've got a no-hitter for four or five innings and one gets through, and where you're like … ‘(expletive) shift.'

“But (shifts) saves you more than anything, and that's the truth.”

The 38-year-old has lost some steam on his fastball at this point in his career and he knows that.

“It took me getting a little older to realize that I'm not able to blow it by guys anymore and ground balls are just as good,” he said.

Burnett has posted a 6.39 ERA with nine earned runs, eight walks and 12 strikeouts in four starts this spring.

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Pirates' A.J. Burnett allows five runs vs. Rays Monday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett surrendered five earned runs on three hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings while striking out five in his team's 7-6 win over the Rays.

Burnett allowed four earned runs in eight innings in his first three appearances of the spring before turning in his worst Grapefruit League outing Monday, with the Rays scoring two runs in the first inning and adding four more in the fifth. The pitcher has delivered a 12:8 K:BB ratio to go with a 6.38 ERA this spring.

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Pirates' Liriano draws Opening Day start for second straight year
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle announced Tuesday starting pitcher Francisco Liriano will start Opening Day (April 6) against the Reds. It will be the second straight year Liriano starts on opening day for Pittsburgh.

Hurdle also announced Tuesday starting pitcher Gerrit Cole will start the second game of the season and A.J. Burnett will finish off the three-game series before Pittsburgh moves onto a three-game series at Milwaukee.

Hurdle added Vance Worley or Jeff Locke, who are competing for the final spot in the team's rotation, will start the fourth game of the season and Charlie Morton will start the fifth game. Hurdle said splitting up Burnett and Morton was important because they have similar pitching styles.

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Pirates' A.J. Burnett feels 'good' after first spring start
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett said that he "felt good" after giving up one hit in two scoreless innings in his first spring start Saturday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

"Felt good," Burnett said. "I felt better than I've felt in a long time."

Burnett pitched through a hernia last season but underwent surgery to repair the injury in October. He attributed his feeling to being back with the Pirates this spring.

"I think it's everything," Burnett said. "... Guys around, 48 people watching you warm up, it's just great to be here and back. I think that plays in. It makes it free, it makes you want to go out and work on pitching and nothing else, and that's what I'm able to do."

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A.J. Burnett only wanted to pitch for the Pirates in 2015
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett had eyes for just one team this offseason, according to FoxSports.com.

Burnett called general manager Neal Huntington during the offseason, and told him he would only negotiate with Pittsburgh. Huntington wanted Burnett back, but admitted the situation was "awkward."

"The last thing we wanted to do was insult him," Huntington said. "At the same time, every dollar we can save in every contract we can re-allocate to another player who can make us deeper, a better club."

Burnett admitted the money wasn't an issue. He actually expected to make less coming off a 4.59 ERA. Burnett actually turned down a $12.75 million option from the Phillies, but was willing to sign with Pittsburgh for $8.5 million. 

Burnett had one of the finest seasons of his career with the Pirates in 2013. He posted a 3.13 ERA over 191 innings with the club. Burnett hinted that 2015 will be his final season, but doesn't want any type of retirement tour. 

"Not a lot of players have a chance to finish up where they want," the 38-year-old said. "I was lucky enough where Neal wanted me."

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CBSSports.com Player Ranking
Position Current Last Week Rating
Starting Pitchers 132 152 13.37
Situational Stats
SituationIPWLERASVBBSO
vs Atlanta 18.202 4.820617
vs LHB 98.100 5.2206087
vs RHB 115.100 4.06036103
Last 7 Games
  OPP W L SV IP H ER BB Ks
8/25WAS1007.031112
8/31@NYM0106.09518
9/6@WAS1007.06124
9/11PIT0106.06437
9/16@SD0105.28444
9/21@OAK0004.13663
9/27ATL0106.25437
Two Week Schedule
APRIL
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
5
6
@Cin
4:10 pm
Tickets
7
8
@Cin
7:10 pm
Tickets
9
@Cin
12:35 pm
Tickets
10
@Mil
8:10 pm
Tickets
11
@Mil
7:10 pm
Tickets
12
@Mil
2:10 pm
Tickets
13
Det
1:35 pm
Tickets
14
Det
7:05 pm
Tickets
15
Det
7:05 pm
Tickets
16
17
Mil
7:05 pm
Tickets
18
Mil
7:05 pm
Tickets
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Fantasy Points by Week
9

2

21

48

24

-3

-2

15

10

-7

39

27

12

25

25

-4

21

-10

-1

1

5

33

24

2

-4

6

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Fantasy Points by Week.   ( Actual    AccuScore Projections)   Note: Points are rounded down.
Pitching Stats
YearTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
1999FLA42 3.48770000 41.1372316302533
2000FLA37 4.7913130000 82.2804644824457
2001FLA1112 4.0527272100 173.1145827820783128
2002FLA129 3.3031297501 204.1153847512990203
2003FLA02 4.70440000 23.0181312221821
2004FLA76 3.6820191000 120.010250499438113
2005FLA1212 3.4432324200 209.0184978012779198
2006TOR108 3.9821212100 135.2138676014839118
2007TOR108 3.7525252000 165.21317469231266176
2008TOR1810 4.0735341000 221.121110910019986231
2009NYY139 4.0433331000 207.01939993251097195
2010NYY1015 5.2633331000 186.2204118109251978145
2011NYY1111 5.1533320000 190.119011510931983173
2012PIT1610 3.5131311100 202.1189867918962180
2013PIT1011 3.3030301000 191.0165797011967209
2014PHI818 4.5934341000 213.2205122109201696190
Total 155150 4.044094042410012567.123451264115225213210512370
Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
1999FLA717120001000 .118 .118 .118
2000FLA1325371331000 .357 .520 .280
2001FLA2750040012700 .115 .100 .080
2002FLA3157161352800 .177 .193 .105
2003FLA4701002300 .333 .143 .143
2004FLA2029440101100 .138 .138 .138
2005FLA32683101213400 .171 .279 .147
2006TOR21300000100 .000 .000 .000
2007TOR25200000000 .000 .000 .000
2008TOR35300000100 .000 .000 .000
2009NYY33501000100 .200 .200 .200
2010NYY33100000100 .000 .000 .000
2011NYY34200000200 .000 .000 .000
2012PIT3163140233600 .106 .063 .063
2013PIT3059140223300 .098 .068 .068
2014PHI3460580132300 .175 .167 .133
Total 41045119513142022100 .154 .164 .113
Fielding Stats
YearTeamPosnGGSTCPOAEDPFLD%
1999FLAP7782510 .875
2000FLAP1313112811 .909
2001FLAP272740112720 .950
2002FLAP312935121943 .886
2003FLAP44734001.000
2004FLAP2019281018001.000
2005FLAP323231111821 .935
2006TORP21212361612 .957
2007TORP252534171522 .941
2008TORP353454182971 .870
2009NYYP33332852030 .893
2010NYYP33332991641 .862
2011NYYP333238102352 .868
2012PITP313158213611 .983
2013PITP303033121920 .939
2014PHIP34343592511 .971
Total  4094044921582983615 .927
More Pitching Stats
YearTeamIBBGOAOGO/AOSBCSPKBKWPAVGPAMB9SLGRPF
1999FLA25136 1.4754100 .242182 13.5 .3730
2000FLA38695 0.9584202 .259364 13.7 .4240
2001FLA3185185 1.08169517 .231733 12.2 .3750
2002FLA5189200 1.0210101014 .209844 11.1 .3091
2003FLA22720 1.4011002 .217106 14.9 .3730
2004FLA0130103 1.34145207 .231490 10.8 .3440
2005FLA1264141 2.062461012 .237873 11.6 .3340
2006TOR3163111 1.60184116 .264577 12.3 .4130
2007TOR2193113 1.88310005 .214691 11.4 .3620
2008TOR2245175 1.472295211 .249957 12.4 .3880
2009NYY0196204 1.0323124117 .247896 13.0 .3930
2010NYY2192191 1.143754016 .285829 14.5 .4570
2011NYY2222160 1.492475025 .260837 13.3 .4640
2012PIT1274137 2.153824010 .246851 11.6 .3610
2013PIT3230121 2.012221012 .231801 11.4 .3350
2014PHI2260168 1.65339309 .256935 13.4 .4040
Total 3329072160 1.4532689395155 .24410966 12.4 .3821
Postseason Pitching Stats
YearTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2009NYY11 5.27550000 27.1221616151624
2010NYY01 7.50110000 6.06551134
2011NYY10 1.59110000 5.24111043
2013PIT01 31.50110000 2.06771140
Total 23 6.37880000 41.0382929472731
Minor League Pitching Stats
YearTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
1995 R-Mets23 4.2898100 33.2271616222326
1996 R-Kingsport40 3.881212000 58.0312625075468
1997 R-Mets01 3.1832000 11.188402815
1997 A-Pittsfield31 4.7099000 44.0282623363548
1998 A-Kane County104 1.972020000119.07427263845186
1999 AA-Portland612 5.522623000120.2132917415571121
2000 A-Brevard Cty00 3.6822000 7.14330066
2000AAA-Calgary00 0.0011000 5.00000036
2001 A-Brevard Cty00 1.9322000 9.142200410
2004 A-Jupiter00 0.0011000 4.02100024
2004AAA-Albuquerque00 10.8011000 3.17441126
2006 AA-N.Hampshire10 1.5011000 6.02211039
2006 A-Dunedin00 3.3822000 8.09330126
2006AAA-Syracuse10 0.0011000 5.00000117
2007AAA-Syracuse00 1.8011000 5.03110017
2012AFA-Bradenton Marauders02 8.5322000 6.17960129
2012AAA-Indianapolis Indians01 11.2511000 4.07552040
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Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-4/225
Birthdate:
1/3/1977
Age:
38
Hometown:
North Little Rock, AR
Bats/Throws:
R/R
Team:
Pittsburgh Pirates
College:
No College
MLB Experience:
16
Awards:

2008: AL Strike Out Leader
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