Nick Burdi is a name which some Detroit Tigers fans are familiar with, he’s a second rounder who can throw 100 mph, and the Detroit News recently laid out an argument in his favor.
There are some risks though-Burdi had Tommy John Surgery in May and will be out most of 2018 rehabbing from the surgery. The Tigers will be taking a risk on a player who’ll rehab for months before ever even practicing.
His minor league numbers certainly suggest he’s worth the risk in 80 games, he’s posted a 3.20 ERA, a 1.23 WHIP, with 12.3 strikeouts per nine innings.
Burdi, though had Tommy John surgery at a fairly young age, which should be cause for concern on the Tigers part. However, as the Detroit News points out, Burdi is well known for his strong work ethic-which might help elevate the injury concerns.
Ultimately, it’ll be up to the Tigers if they think Burdi is a better option than drafting someone who wouldn’t need to rehab for most of 2018.