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Nationals prospect Matt Purke rocked in Arizona Fall League appearance

Oct 22, 2011, 3:10 PM EDT

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Matt Purke, who agreed to a major league deal with the Nationals in August worth $4.4 million, made his first pro start yesterday in the Arizona Fall League. And it didn’t go so well.

Courtesy of Amanda Comak of the Washington Times, here was his line:

1/3 IP, 7 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HR

Ouch. Purke, who fell to the third round in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft due to arm problems, threw just 10 out of 22 pitches for strikes and registered one swinging strike. The 21-year-old southpaw topped out at 92 mph on the radar gun and mostly sat in the 89-91 mph range.

While it’s easy to panic after a poor performance like this, Purke kept things in perspective in a series of Tweets last night:

Sometimes you win sometimes you lose and sometimes it rains Well today it rained and poured and hailed and sleeted and tornadoed.

Just got to get out there and do better next time.

Fortunately for Purke, it’s nearly impossible to do much worse.

  1. rollinghighwayblues - Oct 22, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    You know you’re from Texas when you make up the verb, “tornadoed.”

  2. canucks18 - Oct 22, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    Stay with it kid! Keep working on your command and change speeds, you’ll be fine.

    • JBerardi - Oct 23, 2011 at 8:29 AM

      Working on your command is kind of hard when your arm is held together by duct tape and good intentions.

  3. fearlessleader - Oct 22, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    If he’s tweeting “Bull Durham” references, he’s going to be fine.

  4. notsofast10 - Oct 23, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Shouldn’t be on twitter tweeting at all!

    • brewcrewfan54 - Oct 23, 2011 at 2:23 PM

      So which part of his tweets were directly responsible for his poor performance?

  5. sheriffpeyton18 - Oct 23, 2011 at 11:07 PM

    I was at that game……it was painful to watch. Harper couldn’t get it going either.

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