MLB Rumors: Rangers Talented Reliever Could Factor Into Closer Mix This Season

When last season ended, Texas Rangers' general manager Chris Young talked with him about returning to a starting role.

However, now Young is saying that pitcher Brock Burke could factor into the team's closer mix this season.

There isn't room anymore for Burke in the Rangers' starting rotation following several big-name signings this offseason, however, he's looking likely to factor into the team's high-leverage relief role mix.

Last season, the twenty-six-year-old posted a brilliant 1.97 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and 90 strikeouts across 82.1 innings of work. He made 52 relief appearances, finished five games and held a 7-5 record.

Burke will have to compete with Jose Leclerc and Jonathan Hernandez for closer duties this season.

He is a former third-round pick by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2014 MLB Draft.
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