LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Zack Burdi is two months into his pro baseball career and one call away from the big leagues.
The former UofL closer, a first round pick by the Chicago White Sox in June, has already climbed the ladder to Triple A Charlotte.
"It's been surreal," Burdi said after pitching two innings on Monday night against the Bats at Louisville Slugger Field. "It's been the experience of a lifetime this past summer, going through the draft, going to Arizona and then Winston-Salem, Birmingham. It's just been a blessing and something that I'll never forget. I'm extremely grateful to the White Sox for the opportunity and can't thank them enough."
He is certainly the fast track to the majors. One game in rookie ball in Arizona, four in Single A in Winston-Salem, 12 in AA in Birmingham and seven with AAA Charlotte. Burdi has 48 strikeouts in 35 innings as a pro.
"I guess that it's gone so fast I haven't really thought about it. At some point it's going to hit me and I'm going to realize what the past two months have been and the growth that I've made on and off the field," he told WAVE 3 Sports after giving up two earned runs in his two innings against the Bats. The three-game set this week in Louisville is one road trip the rookie was looking forward to.
"To have it here, I've gotten settled in pretty well over the past two and a half weeks and to come to Louisville to have my old teammates there, to have my best friends there. My dad was in the stands. It was awesome. To go to the field today and see those guys working on Louisville's field and then to come here and put my work in, it was awesome."
Burdi, who was the 26th pick in the MLB Draft, signed for over $2 million dollars. He had 11 saves for the Cards in 2016, striking out 47 in 20 innings.
Charlotte also features former Card Adam Engel. He hit a two run homer on Monday night in a game won by the Bats 7-2. The three-game set continues on Tuesday night at Louisville Slugger Field. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.
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