Matt Purke Promoted To Potomac

Moving On Up for NPP
The Hagerstown Suns have announced that LHP Matt Purke has been promoted to the Potomac Nationals.

It’s been a long, long, long time coming for the 22-year-old southpaw who was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2011 First Year Player Draft despite shoulder woes that inevitably led to his having surgery last offseason after making just three starts in 2012.

The past two seasons he’s made limited appearances in spring training and held back from joining a full-season minor-league team until mid-to-late May. Pitch counts limited his appearances in the early going in 2013, but have apparently increased of late as he’s been able to go five and six innings, respectively, in his last two starts.

For the season, he’s 1-1 with a pitcher’s line (ERA/FIP/WHIP) of 2.48/2.54/1.10 in his six starts with 7 walks and 41 strikeouts, which average per nine innings at 2.17 and 12.72 respectively.

With the recent spate of rainouts, as well as the promotion of Taylor Hill last week, it’s unclear when Purke will make his High-A debut. He last pitched on Friday, which with ordinary rest would have him pitching on Wednesday or Thursday.

Author: Luke Erickson

Since 2009, Luke Erickson has been chief writer, editor, and bottle-washer of Potomac is his home base as a season-ticket holder, but he has visited every affiliate north of Florida at least once, with multiple trips to Hagerstown and Harrisburg.

5 thoughts on “Matt Purke Promoted To Potomac”

  1. Hi Luke,

    Thanks for the info. Do you have any additional insights into Purke’s ‘stuff’? Obviously his command and control is back, but do you know if his velocity has come all the way back after a few lost years? Any idea on what the recent scouting reports say about his secondary pitches? I’m just trying to figure out if he has morphed more into a Tommy Millone type after years of surgery and rehab.


    1. Well, Potomac is home this week… barring rain or work-life complications, I’ll have a first-hand look this week. I have read one recent story — not from MASN — that claimed his velocity has returned to pre-surgery levels.

  2. Luke, very much look forward to your scouting reports on him. He’s certainly the intriguing guy in the system. Looks finally to be more than just promise and a spot on the 40 man.

  3. Good for Matt. was hoping mooneyham would get the call as well. he has been playing good all year.

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