Seven years after he opted not to sign with the Texas Rangers as a first round pick, left-hander Matt Purke is finally set to make his MLB debut with the Chicago White Sox who promoted him to the majors on Friday.
Purke, 25, spent five years in the Nationals' organization after they signed him as a third round pick out of the 2011 MLB Draft. He was given a major league deal but never reached the big leagues due to arm injuries.
Purke was a superstar at Texas Christian University before a shoulder injury hampered his college career. He was signed above slot by the Nats to convince him to leave school.
Purke is expected to be a long reliever with the White Sox. He posted a 2.30 ERA through 10 outings with their Triple-A affiliate in Charlotte this season.
In 2015, Purke spent time at both Nationals Single-A affiliates, as well as at Double-A Harrisburg. In 2012, he was ranked a top 100 MLB prospect by Baseball Prospectus.
For more on Purke, go to CSNchicago.com.