Purke, 26, finally made it to the big leagues last year, throwing 18 relief innings in a dozen appearances. It didn’t go quite as hoped, as Purke allowed 11 earned runs on twenty hits, with 15 strikeouts and 12 walks. He did manage a 3.52 ERA in his 38 1/3 Triple-A frames, though his 8.9 strikeouts were accompanied by 5.4 walks per nine innings at Charlotte.
Still, it was an accomplishment to make it that far for a talented southpaw who had dealt with shoulder problems throughout his career. Given a significant bonus as a third-round pick by the Nationals back in 2011, Purke never developed quite as hoped. While he did average better than 92 mph with his fastball in his brief MLB stint, he obviously has continued to struggle with control — a problem that has reared its head at several points in his minor-league career.