Burgos Called Up to Brewers for First MLB Start Saturday
MILWAUKEE, Wisc. - After putting in the work the past three seasons in the minor league system, former Wildcats pitcher Hiram Burgos will finally get the opportunity to show off his skills on the biggest stage, as he was called up on Thursday from the Nashville Sounds for a starting rotation spot with the Milwaukee Brewers of Major League Baseball (MLB). The transition is quick for the fourth-year player, who is slated for a Saturday start against the Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee’s Miller Park.
“We’re extremely excited and proud of Hiram and what he’s accomplished, and hopefully it’s the start of a long career up there,” said Bethune-Cookman Head Coach Jason Beverlin, a former MLB pitcher with the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers.
“Any time someone from Bethune-Cookman reaches the pinnacle of their profession, it’s extremely exciting for the whole university. Having gone through the transition myself, I can definitely understand the trials and tribulations, and it takes a tremendous amount of mental toughness and perseverance to work up through the ranks of the minor leagues and reach your goal to pitch in Major League Baseball.”
Burgos was named the 2013 Brewers minor league system Pitcher of the Year and recently joined his home country of Puerto Rico at the World Baseball Classic (WBC) in March, with the team falling in the Championship game to the Dominican Republic. Burgos pitched as a reliever in three games and finished the WBC with a 1-0 record and 0.69 ERA.
Burgos reported to Brewers Spring Training for the first time in his career on February 12, as part of the 40-man preseason roster. Due to the interruption of the WBC games, he was only available for three appearances, including one start. He pitched 7 1/3 innings for the Brewers in spring training, sent to the organization’s AAA affiliate (Pacific Coast League) in Nashville with an 0-1 record and 8.69 ERA.
With the Sounds, Burgos pitched in 16 2/3 innings over three starts, logging an 0-2 record and 2.70 ERA. Burgos spent an outstanding 2012 season with the Sounds, finishing with a 2-2 record and an ERA of 2.91.
Burgos was selected by the Brewers in the sixth round of the 2009 MLB Draft.
“We are so proud to see Hiram reach his goal of becoming a Major League Baseball player,” Director of Athletics Lynn W. Thompson said. “Wildcats everywhere are excited because the whole world will now see what we saw years ago, a tremendous young man with an unlimited future. He is gifted and has worked hard to achieve his dream. It further validates the great work done by our baseball program and university.”
The contest between the Brewers and Cubs will begin at 7:10 p.m. CST on Saturday, April 20, in Milwaukee. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Wisconsin and streamed online at MLB.tv.
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