Burrows' hitless effort earns weekly award

No. 4 Tigers prospect claims Eastern honor after dominant win

Beau Burrows has 64 strikeouts in 61 2/3 innings since his promotion to Double-A Erie on June 5. (R. Frank Photography via SeaWolves)

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com | August 14, 2017 5:15 PM

Beau Burrows didn't get to finish his no-hitter, but he did score an award for his brilliant work.

The No. 4 Tigers prospect was named Eastern League Pitcher of the Week on Monday after tossing six hitless innings Saturday against New Hampshire. The 20-year-old right-hander struck out eight and walked two in Erie's 11-0 win. 

"It felt so unbelievable," Burrows told MiLB.com after the victory. "I wanted to come out for the seventh inning, but I came back to the dugout and they said I was done due to my innings limit. I was a little upset about it, but they gotta do what they gotta do, so I respect their decision. It was just fun to go out there and pitch."

Burrows, the Tigers' first-round pick in 2015, threw 83 pitches in his second straight win and has whiffed 18 in his last two starts spanning 12 innings. Saturday's performance marked the third time in four starts that he's struck out at least eight batters. He has 126 K's in 120 1/3 innings this year across two levels.


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"It's super-important to me, once you can establish your fastball down and away, you can pretty much throw anything you need to. I feel like what made my off-speed pitches better was keeping the fastball down in the zone," Burrows said. "Once I got that down, it was pretty fun to pitch today."

Burrows began the season with Class A Advanced Lakeland, where he went 4-3 with a 1.23 ERA in 11 starts. He struck out 62 in 58 2/3 innings before getting promoted to Erie on June 5. He's allowed three earned runs or fewer in nine of his 12 starts for the SeaWolves and turned in a pair of 10-strikeout efforts on July 27 and Aug. 6.

Saturday's start was perhaps the most dominant of his career -- he held South Bend to one hit over six scoreless innings June 3, 2016, for Class A West Michigan.

"It was definitely a dominant performance," said Erie pitching coach Willie Blair. "It was probably the most consistent he's been with executing pitches. He located the fastball down in the zone early and on the edges. He then was able to elevate it late.

"It seemed like his fastball had an extra gear when he got to two strikes," Blair added. "He elevated it and it had a little extra life on it. It was probably the most consistent his breaking stuff has been since I've had him."

Below is the complete list of Minor League Pitchers of the Week for Aug. 7-13:

Pitchers of the Week
League Player Team MLB Stats
International Steven Brault Indianapolis PIT 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 14 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 7 K
Pacific Coast Jake Buchanan Reno ARI 1-0, 1.38 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 13 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
Eastern Beau Burrows Erie DET 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K
Southern Jose Lopez Pensacola CIN 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 1 SHO, 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
Texas Enyel De Los Santos San Antonio SD 1-0, 1.13 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 8 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
California Garrett Williams San Jose SF 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 HBP, 2 BB, 8 K
Carolina Brock Hartson Lynchburg CLE 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
Florida State Ramon Santos Palm Beach STL 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
Midwest Alfred Gutierrez West Michigan DET 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 11 K
South Atlantic Max Duval Greensboro MIA 2-0, 0.64 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 2 CG, 1 SHO, 14 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 16 K
New York-Penn Juan De Paula Staten Island NYY 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 5 K
Northwest Kevin McCanna Hillsboro ARI 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 0 GS, 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
Appalachian Evan Guillory Johnson City STL 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
Pioneer Robert Garcia Idaho Falls KC 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

Danny Wild is an editor for MiLB.com. Follow his MLBlog column, Minoring in Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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