Beau Burrows
23-Year-Old PitcherRP
Injury Oblique
Est. Return 2/1/2020
2020 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Beau Burrows in 2020. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a contract with the Tigers in June of 2015 that includes a $2.15 million signing bonus.
Shielded from Rule 5 draft
PDetroit Tigers
November 20, 2019
Burrows (oblique) was added to the Tigers' 40-man roster Wednesday, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Burrows advanced to Triple-A Toledo last season, where he recorded a 5.51 ERA with a 61:32 K:BB over 65.1 innings. It's encouraging to see him reach the Triple-A level, but he'll likely have to show more consistency in limiting run production before he is considered for a major-league role. Burrows' addition to the 40-man roster protects him from the Rule 5 draft.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
A first-round pick in the 2015 draft, Burrows reached Double-A for the first time in 2017, throwing 76.1 innings with a 4.72 ERA. His 3.41 FIP suggests he deserved better. He struck out 22.7 percent of batters faced, though his 10.0 percent walk rate was a bit too high and his 38.8 percent groundball rate was a bit too low. Still, it was a strong showing from a 20-year-old in Double-A. Burrows features a solid fastball and a potentially above-average curveball and changeup, which gives him a ceiling of a third or fourth starter. The Tigers have little reason to rush any of their prospects right now given how far away they are from contention, so Burrows has little-to-no appeal in redraft leagues. In dynasty leagues, there are likely many options who are either closer to their major-league debut or have higher ceilings.
Burrows throws hard, has two workable offspeed pitches in his arsenal and posted a 3.15 ERA in 97 innings at Low-A in 2016. So what's the concern? Burrows saw an unusual drop in his strikeout rate once he hit full-season ball. Burrows fanned just 67 batters in those 97 innings. He does not have prototypical size either. Burrows just turned 20 years of age in September, and it is apparent that he is still honing his craft and perfecting his "out" pitches. Burrows also missed the final month or so of the minor league season with blister issues. Watch Burrow's strikeout numbers as he ascends to higher levels, as they will go a long way in determining whether he'll be a frontline rotation anchor or merely a serviceable innings eater.
While Burrows is fewer than 30 innings into his professional career, it already looks like the Tigers may have struck gold with their first-round pick in last year’s draft. There was a case to be made at the time of the draft that the 6-foot-2 righty had the highest floor of any of the prep hurlers in the class, but after posting a 1.61 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 33 strikeouts in 28 innings in the Gulf Coast League, it is Burrows’ ceiling that will endear him to dynasty league owners this offseason. With a big fastball that is already plus and a curveball and changeup that could each be plus offerings down the road, Burrows should have no problem overpowering short-season and Low-A hitters in 2016. Several of the arms taken ahead of him in last year’s draft have similar ceilings and are less likely to stick as starters, so Burrows should be considered in leagues where 200 prospects are rostered.
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To miss remainder of season
PDetroit Tigers
August 19, 2019
Burrows will be shut down for the rest of 2019 due to a left oblique strain, Emily Waldon of The Athletic reports.
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Back at Triple-A
PDetroit Tigers
June 27, 2019
Burrows was promoted to Triple-A Toledo on Thursday, Jason Beck of reports.
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Advances to Double-A
PDetroit Tigers
June 21, 2019
Burrows was promoted to Double-A Erie on Friday, Emily Waldon of The Athletic reports.
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Returns from IL
PDetroit Tigers
June 17, 2019
Burrows was activated from the 7-day injured list ahead of his scheduled start Monday for High-A Lakeland, Emily Waldon of The Athletic reports.
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Closing in on return
PDetroit Tigers
June 9, 2019
Burrows (shoulder) pitched at High-A Lakeland on Sunday and is scheduled for a simulated game (three innings) Wednesday, Emily Waldon of The Athletic reports.
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