RHP Josh Burgmann, 5th round (162nd overall) - Chicago Cubs SIGNED $225,000
With their fifth round (162nd overall) pick, the Chicago Cubs have selected RHP Josh Burgmann.
Hometown: Nanaimo, BC
Height/Weight: 6’ 0”, 205 lbs.
School: University of Washington.
Coach: Lindsay Meggs
Previous Teams: Vauxhall Academy Jets, Canadian Junior National Team, Nanaimo Pirates, Kansas City Royals Scout Team, Team BC
Previous Coaches: Les McTavish, Greg Hamilton
Previously Drafted: 30th Round (916th Overall) by the St. Louis Cardinals and scout Rob Fidler
First baseball memory: Winning the Canadian Western championship in the seventh grade
Twitter Handle: @josh_burgmann25
Slot Money: $318,200
Scout: Gabe Sandy
2019 is really the first full season that we’re seeing Burgmann at 100 percent since an injury cut short his freshman year in 2017 and the rehab took away a decent bit of 2018 as well. He’s been very good for Washington in their rotation this year, with a 3.99 ERA across 79 innings with 101 strikeouts as compared to only 22 walks. He’s a bit undersized height-wise, but is built well and his body looks to be durable. He runs his fastball up to 95 mph and can pound the zone with it, and throws two distinct breaking balls in a slider and curveball to complement the heater. The curveball is a solid pitch, but the slider is the better of the two, often flashing plus with sharp, late bite that can miss bats. He has the command to potentially start long term, but some scouts believe he’d be better served as a reliever, where the fastball could potentially sit in the mid-90s and the already-plus slider could gain some more power.
2019 season as a junior with University of Washington Huskies: Was 4-6 with a 3.99 ERA in 14 starts, walking 22 and striking out 101 in 79 innings … Tied for second in Pac-12 with 101 strikeouts ... His other P12 ranks: fourth in K/9 (11.51) and eighth in innings pitched (79) ... Made six straight quality starts before losing to Stanford, (four IP, eight H, three ER, two BB, two K) ... Fanned a career-high 13 (most by any Pac-12 pitcher) against No. 7 Oklahoma State but had a no decision in 4-3 loss in 11 innings (six IP, three H, three ER, five BB, 13 K) ... Another no decision in a 10 innings over USC (7 2/3 IP, five H, two ER, two BB, seven K) ... Pitched six scoreless (four H, two BB, eight Ks) vs. Oregon and had a no decision in 1-0 loss in 10 innings ... Won third game over Minnesota (seven IP, eight H, ER, two BB five K, 89 pitches) ... Worked career-high eight scoreless innings, allowing three hits, 1 BB, 10 K’s in 5-0 combined shutout of Cal Poly to become the first Husky to record back-to-back 10-K games since Tyler Davis in 2015 ... Threw seven-inning, complete game recording career high 11 Ks (zero BB, eight H, one ER) against Northern Colorado ... Was leading 3-1 against UC Irvine Ant Eaters, but took a no decision (five IP, three H, ER, five K, three BB).
2018 season as a sophomore with the University of Washington Huskies: Was 2-2 with a 3.19 ERA in 16 games (one start) holding opponents to a .298 against in 31 innings pitched ... Missed over a year recovering from Tommy John surgery, returning March 25 ... Stranded 7-of-12 inherited runners, having eight scoreless appearances out of 16 ... Allowed three hits, two runs (one earned) in only College World Series appearance vs. Oregon State ... Threw four innings of relief in 5-2 loss at CS Fullerton (four IP, four H, ER, BB) ... Worked 2 1/3 innings of relief vs. Coastal Carolina to earn second career victory in UW’s 11-6 win ... Recorded the final six outs in 7-3 win Saturday at ASU a day after throwing one pitch and allowing game-ending double in 4-3 walk-off loss ... Pitched 1 1/3 perfect innings to finish a win over Seattle U ... Gave up three runs in three IP vs. WSU ... Recorded first career win, throwing final five scoreless in 4-3 win over Cal (four H, two BB, career-high equaling five K) ... Threw final 3 2/3 innings of 4-0 combined shutout against Oregon (four H, BB, four K) to pick up second career save ... Made first start since Mar. 22, 2017 vs. Gonzaga, allowing two runs over three IP (five H, two ER, two BB, two K) ... Pitched twice at USC (0-1, 5.40), taking the loss in 1-0 defeat in Game 1 ... Threw two innings (H, zero ER, K), at No. 1 Oregon State, his first appearance since March 22, 2017.
2017 season as a freshman with the University of Washington Huskies: Missed April and May following arm surgery ... Made two starts in eight appearances, going 0-0 with one save, 7.90 ERA ... First career start was against Utah (Two IP, H, three ER, two BB, three K) ... Pitched twice against Indiana State (One IP, two H, two ER, two BB, K) ... Threw the final inning of combined 4-0 shutout vs. Sacramento State a day after going three IP (four H, two R, three K) in 3-2 win in which he picked up his first career save ... Pitched 3 2/3 innings of relief at St. Mary’s (four H, two R, ER, two BB, five K) ... Made his debut out of the pen at Santa Clara in Game 2 of DH (1/3 IP, three BB).
2019 Honours: One of 40 players named to the Golden Spikes award mid-season watch list ... Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week (March)
2018 Honours: Named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week (March 5)
2016 Honours: Rawlings Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American Team, plus PG Canada/Puerto Rico All Region First Team