#35 Matt Purke

Position: LHPBirthday: July 17, 1990
Born: Nacogdoches, TX                 Bats/Throws: L/L
Height: 6-4Weight: 215

 Purke is entering his first season with the Skeeters and his ninth at the pro level .... Purke will be making his 11th start of the 2019 season .... Went 2-2 with a 7.14 ERA in 38 games (46.2 IP) with Triple-A Las Vegas (NYM) .....  Has one season of Major League experience .... Went 0-1 with a 5.50 ERA in 12 games (18 IP) with the Chicago White Sox in 2016 .... Picked up his first career strikeout against three-time American League All-Star, Alex Gordon .... Washington Nationals selected Purke in the third round of the 2011 MLB Draft out of Texas Christian University .... Also selected by the Texas Rangers in the first round (14th overall) in the 2009 MLB Draft out of Klein High School (Klein, Texas) .... Was selected as the Arizona Fall League Player of the Week in October 2013 while with the Mesa Solar Sox .... Ranked as the Washington Nationals No. 7 prospect prior to the 2012 season and was ranked as the Nationals' No. 10 prospect prior to the 2013 season, per Baseball America .... Was selected as Baseball America's Freshman of the Year in 2010 at TCU, going 15-0 with a 3.03 ERA and 140 strikeouts to 32 walks in 110 innings .... Was selected as a Louisville Slugger 2nd-Team All-American, the Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year and to the All-Mountain West Conference First Team in 2010