After back-to-back high schoolers, the Chicago White Sox have gone to the college ranks. With the 94th pick in the 2021 MLB Draft, the White Sox selected Sean Burke, a right-handed pitcher from the University of Maryland.
Undrafted out of high school, the 6-foot-6, 235 pound hurler made a name for himself in his two years at Maryland. In his junior season, Burke was 6-3 with 3.27 ERA and 107 strikeouts in 14 appearances for the Terrapins.
Burke is a burley pitcher with some serious power. He has a great fastball that hovers between 92-95 MPH, although he can reach back for more if he needs to. He also has a curveball to follow up the heat.
The 21-year-old has seen his draft stock waver a bit due to some inconsistencies with command, so that’s something the White Sox will need to address. However, he has a lot of overall promise. Heading into the draft, MLB.com had Burke listed as the #75 ranked prospect.
In their draft profile, MLB.com describes Burke’s toolset as follows.
“Burke has one of the best overall fastballs in the class when combining velocity and movement.”
“The pitch has serious ride up in the zone, a four-seamer that routinely misses bats. His secondary stuff has been a bit more inconsistent. He throws two breaking pitches, using a knuckle curve to create good shape and depth, and a newer slider he was throwing a lot. They’ll flash plus, but will also flash below-average, with some scouts wishing he’d focus on just one. Burke does have a changeup with some arm-side fade, but doesn’t throw it much. Developing that and improving his overall command — walks have hurt him during his time at Maryland – will be keys for him to be able to start at the next level.”MLB.com Draft Profile – Sean burke
Here are some highlights showcasing Burke’s arsenal.
The projected slot value for Burke at number 94 is currently $618.2k.