Detroit Tigers Top 25 Prospects #5-#3: Jimenez, Funkhouser and Burrows
#3 Beau Burrows
Position: Starting Pitcher
2016 Minor League Affiliate: West Michigan Whitecaps
The Detroit Tigers first-round pick in 2015, Beau Burrows is already showing plenty of promise.
In his first 10 appearances as a professional in 2015, the right-hander posted a 1.61 ERA and 10.6 strikeouts per nine innings.
What’s more, he only allowed 5.8 hits and 3.5 walks per nine frames with Detroit’s Gulf Coast League team.
Only 20-years-old, the right-hander is already at West Michigan, where he pitched to a 3.15 ERA while allowing just 30 walks in 97 innings.
Like many pitchers spread across the Tigers minor league affiliates, Burrows is a hard-throwing prospect.
Armed with a mid-90s fastball, a promising curveball and a solid changeup, the right-hander is one of Detroit’s best future starters.
Potential Future Role with the Detroit Tigers
Similar to Funkhouser, expect Burrows to be part of the Tigers rotation mix, regardless of the other candidates.
The right-hander could help form a potentially excellent staff teeming with hard-throwing pitchers.
Manning, Fulmer and Sandy Baez can all light up a radar gun from a starting standpoint.
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Additionally, many of the team’s best relief prospects like Jimenez, Mark Ecker and Drew Smith, are power pitchers.