Burke wasn’t expected to make the team’s Opening Day roster, but he would’ve been an important depth component in the club’s revamped rotation.
He’s already on the 40-man roster and debuted in Major League Baseball last August, only a few months after turning 23.
Burke had a 3.90 ERA with 9.2 K/9, 2.6 BB/9, and a minuscule 0.4 HR/9 across three minor league levels last season, while struggling in six big league starts (22 runs in 26 2/3 innings).
He was acquired by the Rangers from the Rays in a three-team trade that sent Jurickson Profar to Oakland last summer.
Burke and fellow left-hander Kolby Allard were pushed out of the rotation mix early in the season by Texas’ offseason acquisitions of Corey Kluber, Kyle Gibson, and Jordan Lyles, but both pitchers were one big-league injury away from being summoned from Triple-A Nashville to the newly constructed Globe Life Field in Arlington.
Burke was ranked 21st among Rangers prospects by Baseball America earlier this winter, the same spot he held in FanGraphs’ most recent rating of the Texas minor league system.
He’s viewed as a possible back-of-the-rotation starter who can get by with decent all-around talent rather than a standout pitch.
Burke will almost certainly be placed on the 60-day injured list this spring to clear a 40-man roster slot, allowing him to accumulate a full year of Major League service time while recovering from Friday’s procedure.
The Rangers would have hoped to open a 40-man space in a different fashion, but there are a few non-roster invitees at camp who have a chance to make the team.
How Much Does Brock Burke Make?
Brock Burke makes an annual base salary of $714,000.