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After much anticipation, the trade that sent A.J. Burnett from the Yankees to the Pirates was finally completed on Sunday. Burnett had a tumultuous three seasons in the Bronx, with a 4.79 ERA and 4.5 walks/hit batters per nine over 584 regular-season innings.
His signature pitch is an 83 mph spike-curveball with exceptional movement. (Harry Pavlidis mentioned it here a few weeks ago—it’s not quite as nasty as Craig Kimbrel’s). Because he does a consistent job of keeping it below the strike zone, hitters don’t make much contact with the pitch when they swing at it, but it’s taken for a ball if when they don’t. The two tables below are for whiffs per swing and balls per pitch, minimum 2,500 pitches thrown dating back to 2007.
Rank Pitcher Pitch # Whiff%
1 A.J. Burnett Curveball 4575 43.9%
2 Cole Hamels Changeup 4158 43.8%
3 Rich Harden Changeup 3053 43.4%
4 Francisco Liriano Slider 2632 43.4%
BEST OF MAXIM
For almost any player, getting traded from the mighty New York Yankees to the lowly Pittsburgh Pirates seems like a cruel and unusual fate. That fate is exactly what befell A.J. Burnett this past weekend as the Yankees were so eager to rid themselves of him, that they paid the Pirates to take them off their hands. In many ways, it is the low point of Burnett's career, but...
A.J. Burnett was happy to escape from New York. "It was fun the first couple of years. Then it got like, I'm never going to get out of this funk," he said Monday, a day after the Yankees dealt him to the Pittsburgh Pirates for a pair of low-level prospects. After signing an $82.5 million, five-year contract, Burnett helped the Yankees to their 27th World Series title in 2009.
The Pirates are hoping that right-hander A.J. Burnett's veteran knowledge will be able to benefit the rest of the pitching staff.
A.J. Burnett was happy to escape from New York.
BRADENTON, Fla. — No more excuses for A.J. Burnett and no more Yankee thoughts.
Burnett the Pirate took some blame for his failures with the Yankees yesterday at Pirate City, but also said he may have let too many people in pinstripes mess with his mechanics.
“Without getting too far...
If Russell Martin truly intends to lay one down on "my boy," A.J. Burnett, the Yankees catcher had better already be practicing his bunting.
About a dozen reporters gathered to talk to Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett this morning at Pirate City. Three years ago, when Burnett signed as s free agent with the New York Yankees, the horde was at least three times larger.
Good morning from Pirate City. I’ll be updating this blog throughout the day with news and notes, but be sure to check the main site for the full stories.
— Earlier this morning, the Pirates placed infielder Gustavo Nunez on the 60-day disabled list with a right ankle injury. The move opened up a spot on the 40-man for right-hander A.J. Burnett.
— And speaking of A.J. Burnett...
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Says he "let a few too many people tinker with me, maybe" in New York
Camp is now in full swing down in Bradenton. While it’s certainly great to have news tidbits, pictures, and videos flowing in…there’s honestly not a whole lot to talk about yet. You should all be following Bill Brink, Michael Sanserino, Rob Biertempfel, Tom Singer, and Kristy Robinson to make sure you don’t miss any of those news bits, because I’m not going to be able to...