Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Scouting the Draft: Nick Burdi

Nick Burdi is a flamethrowing RHP closer for Univ. of Louisville.   He's got a near-perfect pitcher's size at 6'4", 218 lbs.  He pretty much throws just the FB that sits in the mid-upper 90's and touches triple digits plus a hard slider.

On video, he has a very upright delivery with minimal windup.  Both his arm acceleration and deceleration are abrupt with extremely quick arm action.  Whether this portends future injury remains to be seen.

Here are his college stat lines:

2012  1-2, 5.56, 22.2 IP, 10 BB, 14 K.
2013  3-3, 0.76, 35.2 IP, 13 BB, 62 K, 16 Saves.

Word is he will be staying at closer for his junior season.

The Giants love their high velocity college relievers.  Do they love them enough to pop Burdi in the first round? He probably won't be there in the 2'nd.

BLF has him ranked #19.  Matt Garrioch of Minor League Ball has him at #16.  BA has him at #27 with the comment that he is the "biggest pure arm in the draft class."

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