McClure impressed by A.J. Burnett's first workout

McClure impressed by A.J. Burnett's first workout
February 17, 2014, 7:00 pm
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At an average 92.6 miles per hour, A.J. Burnett owned the National League's fastest sinker in 2013, according to PITCHf/x. (AP)

A.J. Burnett impressed Monday in his first full workout as a Phillie.

Pitching coach Bob McClure, also in his first camp with the Phillies, was impressed by the life on Burnett's fastball and his ability to keep the ball down in the zone.

Burnett, 37, was introduced by the Phillies on Sunday. He'll make $16 million this season on a one-year deal that includes a mutual option for 2015.

The former Marlin, Yankee, Blue Jay and Pirate led the National League with 9.8 strikeouts per nine innings in 2013. He was 10-11 with a career-best 3.30 ERA in 191 innings.

Burnett's four-seam fastball averaged 92.4 miles per hour last season, according to PITCHf/x. His two-seam fastball, the pitch that sinks and generates ground balls, averaged 92.6 mph.

With Pittsburgh the last two seasons, Burnett had the second-highest groundball rate in the major leagues.

Everybody's here
The Phillies' first full-squad workout will be Tuesday. All players are present and accounted for at camp.