The Tigers prospect, who's recorded more walks (44) than strikeouts (41) through 12 starts this season, issued three free passes over his first two innings Sunday. He escaped undamaged but worried that his latest outing might turn out as poorly as some of his others.
Then, he was approached by Dave Huppert, the active wins leader among Minor League managers.
"The first two innings were like the whole season for me. I was walking guys left and right," Burgos said. "But my manager, Dave Huppert, came up to me in the dugout and said, 'You belong in this league. Do what you've always done. Go out there, have fun and throw strikes.'"
The advice about sticking to what worked hit home for the 21-year-old left-hander, who quickly made a mechanical adjustment to his windup.
The move paid immediate dividends.
Burgos struck out six over six hitless innings as the Class A Advanced Flying Tigers cruised to an 11-1 thumping of the Jupiter Hammerheads at Roger Dean Stadium.
After pitching around four walks and not allowing a hit for the first time as a Minor League starter, the Tigers' No. 11 prospect all the credit to his skipper.
"Hupper saved my life tonight," Burgos said of the man who recorded his 1,700th win.
The 2010 third-round Draft pick had a no-hitter through four innings on May 23 against Bradenton but ended up surrendering five runs on three hits in the fifth.
"That was the first thing that entered my mind," he said. "But I had to tell myself, 'That's in the past. Focus on what's going on right now and keep doing what's working.' Thankfully, it all worked."
Burgos (3-7) worked a 1-2-3 fifth and issued a two-out walk to Jacob Realmuto before finishing his outing by retiring Mark Canha on a ground ball to shortstop.
"This is my best outing of the year," he said. "It's a huge relief."
If Burgos is to continue to continue Sunday's success, he believes the secret lies in his hips.
"I turn my hips and rotate them a lot when I'm pitching," he said. "But my pitching coach [Mike Maroth] kind of turned me away from that this year. ... After what Huppert said in the third, I thought it'd be better to just return to that, and it obviously worked."
Last season, Burgos was 6-5 with a 2.19 ERA and issued only 33 walks over 94 2/3 innings for Class A West Michigan -- with the swiveling hips. This season, he has a 5.31 ERA and 44 walks over 59 1/3 frames.
Lakeland's no-hitter lasted until the eighth, when Matt Crouse gave up a single to Daniel Pertusati. The shutout ended in the ninth, when Tyler Clark gave up a homer to Aaron Dudley.
Marcus Lemon went 4-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI for the Flying Tigers. Detroit's No. 2 prospect, Nick Castellanos, doubled, drove in two runs and scored once, but his Florida State League-leading average dipped to .403.