All Hiram Burgos had to do was return home to reclaim some of the form he had when being named Milwaukee’s 2012 Minor League Pitcher of the Year.
Following several injury setbacks during the 2013 season including a six game stop with Milwaukee, Burgos is demonstrating signs of life with Indios de Mayaguez of the Puerto Rican Winter League.
The 26-year-old Puerto Rican native has allowed just six earned runs in six starts (nine total) for the Indios and is starting to show command with his breaking balls for the first time in more than a year.
Burgos has walked just 12 batters while striking out 29 in 27.2 innings pitched and has an earned run average of 1.95 despite a 0-2 record.
In his last appearance December 17, he struck out five batters and walked just one at home against Leones de Ponce but came away with his second loss of the season.
The last time Burgos sported an earned run average with command was his award-winning season in 2012 when he split time between three different levels of the Brewers’ organization.
Additionally, he compiled a 10-4 record with a similar ERA of 1.95 with Brevard County, Huntsville and Nashville.
The ride was not nearly as smooth during the 2013 when he summoned to Milwaukee to provide pitching help in the midst of a injury-ravaged Brewers’ season.
Milwaukee made the decision to recall Burgos from Triple A Nashville April 18 after making just three appearances for the Sounds in 2013.
Burgos posted three consecutive solid performances including his first career victory in his first career Major League appearance April 20 against the Chicago Cubs.
However, he imploded in his final three appearances allowing an outing where he allowed ten earned runs in three innings at Cincinnati.
Milwaukee determined the cause was a right shoulder impingement which necessitated a stint on the 15-Day Disabled List in May 2013.
Consequently, he went from the team’s 11th ranked prospect entering the 2013 season to falling off the radar screen by MLB.com.
Herrera trudging along in Dominican Republic
Utility player Elian Herrera is struggling to regain form in the Dominican Winter League batting .286 with no stolen bases.
The fleet-footed Herrera was claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers in November and placed on the Brewers’ 40-man roster.
In 665 career games in the Dodgers’ organization, he has 149 steals with 48 caught stealing and a .365 On Base Percentage.
After a strong start in the off-season league, he has gone hitless in 15 at bats for the Estrelles de Oriente.