Nationals prospect Matt Purke rocked in Arizona Fall League appearance

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Matt Purke, who agreed to a major league deal with the Nationals in August worth $4.4 million, made his first pro start yesterday in the Arizona Fall League. And it didn’t go so well.

Courtesy of Amanda Comak of the Washington Times, here was his line:

1/3 IP, 7 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HR

Ouch. Purke, who fell to the third round in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft due to arm problems, threw just 10 out of 22 pitches for strikes and registered one swinging strike. The 21-year-old southpaw topped out at 92 mph on the radar gun and mostly sat in the 89-91 mph range.

While it’s easy to panic after a poor performance like this, Purke kept things in perspective in a series of Tweets last night:

Sometimes you win sometimes you lose and sometimes it rains Well today it rained and poured and hailed and sleeted and tornadoed.

Just got to get out there and do better next time.

Fortunately for Purke, it’s nearly impossible to do much worse.

Report: Angels to sign Justin Bour

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Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Angels have signed 1B/DH Justin Bour to a contract, pending a physical. The Phillies non-tendered Bour last month.

Bour, 30, spent the 2018 season with the Marlins and Phillies, hitting an aggregate .227/.341/.404 with 20 home runs and 59 RBI in 501 plate appearances.

Bour will likely share first base with Albert Pujols, who is coming off of knee and elbow surgeries. Bour could handle right-handers while the 38-year-old Pujols faces lefties.