The Yankees just announced that right-hander Danny Burawa, who spent parts of the last two seasons in the RailRiders bullpen, has been claimed off waivers by the Atlanta Braves.
With the RailRiders this season, Burawa went 1-3 with a 2.55 ERA and 1.18 WHIP, but he was sent to Double-A Trenton in July and taken off the 40-man roster on August 5. Not sure whether that was the move to add Luis Severino to the 40-man or put Garrett Jones back on it. Either way though, the Yankees considered Burawa an expendable piece.
Burawa appeared in 63 games for the RailRiders the last two seasons. Both years, he got off to a strong start. He didn’t build off either and wound up getting demoted both times. He’s one of the few guys in my 13 years covering this franchise that I can honestly say I have no read on, despite the fact that I’ve seen him a ton.
He pitched much better this season, but his strikeout numbers were way down. That’s usually a sign that the Yankees look toward, right or wrong. But I think what really cost him the 40-man spot was an overall inconsistency. He looked lost at times. To be fair, I don’t think he ever quite felt comfortable with the RailRiders. Didn’t seem that way, anyway.
Not quite sure, either, the Yankees ever knew quite what to do with him.
He was throwing sidearm for a little while by midseason, which was not a good look for him and just a curious decision by the Yankees to attempt. (His best pitch is a power sinker, which you have to stay on top of to throw properly.) When he went down to Trenton, he was being used as a starter — which they may have been doing just to build up some innings, but it couldn’t be a position Burawa was totally comfortable with. He has relievers stuff.
When things went well, he was dominant. One little thing went wrong, though, and Burawa was not a reliable option.
All that said, it’s no surprise he was claimed. The kid has plus, plus stuff. He can run his sinker up there at 95-96, and it really moves. He just hasn’t had the success with it you’d think he should. Maybe a change of scenery helps him turn things around.