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Hiram Alexis Burgos

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Hiram Burgos was drafted in 2009 and made his big league debut in 2013.

Burgos was 0-1, 7.65 as a college freshman at Bethune-Cookman University. His sophomore year, he improved to 6-7, 3.40. He made second-team All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. As a junior in 2008, Hiram was the top MEAC pitcher, going 9-1 with a save and a 1.58 ERA. He led the MEAC in ERA (by .90) and tied for the win lead. He won Pitcher of the Year honors but was left off the All-Conference team. Nationally, he was 4th in NCAA Division I in ERA, .01 behind #3 Stephen Strasburg. Burgos fell to 6-3, 3.74 as a senior, but led the conference with 94 strikeouts. He was third in ERA.

The Milwaukee Brewers took Burgos in the 6th round of the 2009 amateur draft; the scout was Tim McIlvaine. Burgos had an unimpressive rookie year with the Helena Brewers, going 3-5 with a 5.62 ERA and .309 opponent average. He pitched for the Indios de Mayaguez that winter. In 2010, Burgos pitched for the Helena club (3-0, 2.37) and the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (5-7, 4.48), showing progress. He joined the Puerto Rican national team for the 2010 Pan American Games and Baseball World Cup Qualifiers. He was 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA for the event, losing to Team USA and beating Nicaragua. Puerto Rico won both spots in both the 2011 Pan American Games and 2011 Baseball World Cup, but Burgos would not play for them in either event. He then had a 3-2, 2.27 winter for Mayaguez. He was third in the Puerto Rican League in ERA behind Levale Speigner and Brian Lawrence.

Burgos was unimpressive with the 2011 Brevard County Manatees (6-8, 4.89). He was 1-3 with a 7.43 ERA and 2.09 WHIP for the Indios in winter ball, the worst ERA of any of their hurlers with more than two games and tied for second in the Puerto Rican League in defeats. He turned things around in 2012, winning the Brewers' Minor League Pitcher of the Year with a 10-4, 1.95 and .210 opponent average between the Manatees (2-1, 0.87 in 7 G), Huntsville Stars (6-1, 1.94 in 13 G) and Nashville Sounds (2-2, 2.91 in 8 G). He led Brewers farmhands in ERA and strikeouts (153, 10 more than Wily Peralta) while tying for fourth in wins. He was third in the affiliated minors in ERA behind Tony Cingrani and Jose Fernandez.

He excelled for Puerto Rico in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, when they finished second, going 1-0 with a 0.69 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 13 innings. He tossed 3 2/3 shutout innings to get a 4-3 relief win over Italy. He finished among the Classic leaders in strikeouts (tied for third with Masahiro Tanaka and Jose de la Torre, behind Kenta Maeda and Sam Deduno), hits allowed (12, trailing Diegomar Markwell), innings (tied for third with Deduno) and ERA (tied with Deduno for 4th among hurlers with 10+ IP, trailing Dany Betancourt, Chien-Ming Wang and Maeda). He then began 2013 0-1, 2.70 for Nashville. He was then called up to replace Mike Fiers on the 2013 Brewers.

Burgos made his big league debut as the starter for the Brewers against the Chicago Cubs on April 20, 2013. He pitched 5 innings, giving up a run on five hits while walking none and striking out one to pick up his first win, 5-1, over Edwin Jackson. He was yanked for pinch-hitter Blake Lalli

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