Detroit Tigers lose pitcher Beau Burrows; first of the “big guns” goes down

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Anyone who has been a fan of the Detroit Tigers or followed the team throughout the treacherous rebuild knows the name, Beau Burrows. It was originally thought that Burrows, Manning, and Mize would be the team’s savior arms.

Burrows was considered one of the big guns the team had. He fell off a little bit and has taken a step back from being a staple of the future starting rotation. However, Burrows now plays for the Minnesota Twins after being claimed off of waivers.

The Detroit Tigers opted to designate Burrows for assignment, where the Twins scooped him up and added him to their Triple-A site in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Tigers drafted back in 2015 with the 22nd overall draft choice in the first round, but after six years with the organization, he will compete against the team.

As mentioned above, he was once considered one of the more premier pitching arms in the organization, but he has become the first of the Tigers recently drafted arms to be dealt away, claimed, and/or released.

The Detroit Tigers lost pitcher Beau Burrows to the Minnesota Twins via waivers.

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The right-handed pitcher has not been treated too kindly on the statistical side of things. In 2020, Burrows logged all of 6.2 innings where he had a 5.40 ERA.

Before being claimed by the Twins, Burrows threw just 1.2 innings for the Tigers, where he had a 21.60 ERA, allowing four earned runs.

In 2021, Burrows did log some time with the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens. He totaled 17.1 innings pitched, where he had a 6.23 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP.

Frankly, he was not panning out as the pitcher the Tigers seemed to think they had.

He becomes the first of the supposed big guns to tumble. It appears that his stuff only carried him so far.

He struggled in the minor leagues as he kept advancing on through the higher levels. The struggles continued, but as he was trotted out there in the big leagues, things did not get any better.

With these struggles, Burrows being designated for assignment should not be viewed as much of a surprise. While it sucks to lose Burrows, it should not be too surprising for fans as his statistics were pretty much garbage.

Having someone like Burrows struggle to pan out sucks, but this is a business, and prospects fizzle out. For Burrows’s sake, hopefully, he turns things around, and the change of scenery does wonders for him.

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For the Tigers, losing Burrows should be considered part of the game, but one of the team’s better prospects faltering like this makes this year’s draft all the more important.