Now that the 2013 season has concluded for the New York Mets, we have taken a look at overall breakdowns for the offense, starting pitching, and bullpen this past season. We will now take a look at every player on the roster from A (David Aardsma) to Y (Eric Young Jr) as our Mets 101 Player Review Series returns for its third year. In each review we will take a look at the player's 2013 performance and what role, if any, they can expect to have with the Mets in 2014. We continue our series today with a look at relief pitcher Greg Burke.
Mets 101 Player Review: RP Greg Burke
2013 Stats: 32 games, 0-3, 5.68 ERA, 15 walks, 28 strikeouts, 1.832 WHIP
2013 Story: Burke broke camp with the Mets and appeared in 28 games through mid-July when he was sent to AAA Las Vegas. The side-arming righty went 2-2 for the 51's posting a 4.55 ERA before he was summoned back to New York for the final stretch of the season.
2013 Grade: C- At age 30, Burke had only 48 games of MLB experience going into 2013, all coming in 2009 with San Diego. His ERA in the minors from season to season has been all over the board, with some seasons in the low 2's and others in the mid-5's. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that his numbers weren't great but if anything, he was a live arm. Burke's best month came in May, as he did not allow an earned run (but did allow one unearned) in 7.2 innings (8 appearances).
Contract Status: Pre-arbitration eligible
Odds of Returning: 25%
2014 Role: Wherever he plays in 2014, Burke will find himself in a similar role, brought in to compete for a mid-inning bullpen spot, but will spend most of the season shuttling back and forth between the majors and AAA. Past history indicates he could give you real solid numbers at the AAA level, but average to below average at best for the big club. The Mets always seem to need bullpen depth at a discount and that's pretty much written on the back of Burke's baseball card. If he's back next season, I would expect it to be on a minor league deal.
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