Originally written on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 1/30/13
The Mets signed Greg Burke on 11/7/12.  He is a 30 year old righthander with only one season of MLB experience to his credit – 48 games for the 2009 San Diego Padres. Ho-hum. But wait…He’s a sidearmer!  He pitched at AA/AAA for the Baltimore Orioles last year and saved 17 games.  He posted a 1.53 ERA.  He demonstrated excellent command with a 2.09 BB/9. Who does that sound like?   Terry Leach. Leach had only amassed 42 major league innings pitched by the age of 30.  Leach didn’t really become a full-time major leaguer until 1987 when at age 33 he went 11-1 in 44 games for the Mets. Both Leach and Burke had to reinvent their pitching motions: Leach because of injuries and Burke because he wasn’t effective enough using a regular motion. Burke is now on the Mets’ 40-man roster.  He is maintaining his dependability.  After 15 innings in Winter Ball (the Mexican Pacific League) he is at a 1.15 ERA with 15 Ks and 0 BB. Can Burke replicate Leach’s 1987 career-season?  Well that’s a tall or
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