Corbin Burnes
Burnes with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2018
Milwaukee Brewers – No. 39
Born: (1994-10-22) October 22, 1994 (age 29)
Bakersfield, California, U.S.
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
MLB debut
July 10, 2018, for the Milwaukee Brewers
MLB statistics
(through 2023 season)
Win–loss record45–27
Earned run average3.26
Career highlights and awards

MLB records

  • Most consecutive strikeouts in a game (10, tied with Tom Seaver and Aaron Nola)
  • Most consecutive strikeouts without issuing a walk to start a season (58)

Corbin Brian Burnes (born October 22, 1994) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He was drafted by the Brewers in the fourth round of the 2016 MLB draft, and made his MLB debut in 2018. Burnes is a 3-time All-Star. He won the National League Cy Young Award in 2021, when he led the National League (NL) in earned run average. He led the NL in strikeouts in 2022.

Amateur career

Burnes attended Centennial High School in Bakersfield, California. In 2013, his senior year, he had a 9–4 win–loss record with a 2.23 earned run average (ERA) in 22 appearances.[1] After high school, he enrolled and played college baseball at Saint Mary's College of California.[2][3] In 2015, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Orleans Firebirds of the Cape Cod Baseball League.[4] In 2016, his junior year, he posted a 9–2 record with a 2.48 ERA in 16 starts. After the season, he was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the fourth round of the 2016 Major League Baseball draft.[5]

Professional career

Minor leagues

Burnes made his professional debut with the Arizona League Brewers and was later promoted to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.[6] In 35+23 innings pitched between Arizona and Wisconsin, Burnes posted a 3–0 record with a 2.02 ERA. He started the 2017 season with the Carolina Mudcats and was later promoted to the Biloxi Shuckers after recording a 1.05 ERA after ten starts.[7][8] Burnes finished 2017 with a combined 8–3 record and 1.67 ERA between both teams.[9] The Brewers named him their minor league pitcher of the year after the season.[10] ranked Burnes as Milwaukee's second-best prospect going into the 2018 season.[11] He began the season with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.[12]


The Brewers promoted Burnes to the majors for the first time on July 8, 2018.[13] He made his major league debut on July 10, pitching two scoreless innings, striking out one, and recording his first major league save.[14] In the 2018 NLDS against the Colorado Rockies, he pitched four scoreless innings in relief across two appearances, earning the win in the clinching 6–0 Game 3 victory. In the 2018 NLCS, Burnes got the last six outs of their game six win against the Dodgers.[citation needed]


To start 2019, Burnes began the year in the starting rotation. However, he struggled in that role, allowing 11 home runs across his first 3 starts. It was announced he would move back to the bullpen. He continued to struggle in the bullpen, compiling a 9.00 ERA through 26 appearances. He was placed on the injured list on July 15 with shoulder discomfort. He finished the season with a 1–5 record and an 8.82 ERA in 49 innings.


In the shortened 2020 season, Burnes pitched to a 4–1 record and recorded an ERA of 2.11 while striking out 88 batters in 59+23 innings. He finished 6th in the NL Cy Young voting.[15]


Burnes struck out 40 batters without issuing a walk in his first four starts of 2021, an unprecedented four game stretch for an MLB starting pitcher.[16] On May 13, Burnes set the MLB record for the most strikeouts to begin a season before issuing a walk, with 58, surpassing the previous record held by Kenley Jansen.[17] Burnes was named to the 2021 MLB All-Star Game.[18] On August 12, Burnes tied an MLB record after striking out 10 consecutive batters in a game against the Chicago Cubs.[19]

On September 11, Burnes pitched the first eight innings of a combined no-hitter with Josh Hader against the Cleveland Indians, in which he struck out 14 batters. He held a perfect game until a seventh-inning walk to Myles Straw.[20] Burnes finished the 2021 season with an 11–5 record and led the major leagues in ERA (2.43), strikeouts per nine innings (12.6), home runs per nine innings (0.4), and strikeout-to-walk ratio (6.88).[21] He won the National League Cy Young Award, becoming the third Brewers pitcher to win the award.[22] He was also named to the first 2021 All-MLB Team as a starting pitcher.[23]

Burnes was selected as the starter for Game 1 of the 2021 NLDS against the Atlanta Braves. Burnes pitched six shutout innings, striking out six. He was not credited with the win, however, as he battled in a tight pitchers' duel with Atlanta's Charlie Morton. Milwaukee won the game, 2–1.[citation needed]


On March 22, 2022, Burnes signed a $6.5 million contract with the Brewers, avoiding salary arbitration.[24] The Brewers named Burnes their Opening Day starting pitcher.[25] He was named to the 2022 MLB All-Star Game.[26]

In 2022, Burnes was 12–8 with a 2.94 ERA in 202 innings, and struck out a league-high 243 batters.[27] On defense, he had a .961 fielding percentage.[27] He was a finalist for the NL Gold Glove Award at pitcher, but it was won for the third straight season by Max Fried.[28]


Burnes went to salary arbitration with the Brewers, with the arbiter choosing the $10.01 million salary requested by the Brewers, rather than the $10.75 million requested by Burnes. He said that the process "definitely hurt" his relationship with the franchise.[29] Burnes started for the Brewers on Opening Day.[30]

Personal life

Burnes is the son of Rick and Kandi Burnes.[31] Burnes and his wife Brooke were married in 2020.[32][33] Their first child, a son, was born in 2022.[34]

See also


  1. ^ Lynch, Stephen (February 25, 2017). "All-Star Athlete: Bakersfield local a top pitching prospect for Milwaukee Brewers". The Bakersfield Californian. Retrieved April 21, 2021.
  2. ^ Horn, Trevor. "Former Centennial standout Burnes a 1st round hopeful". The Bakersfield Californian. Retrieved April 3, 2023.
  3. ^ "Burnes Building Steam Heading Into Draft -". May 11, 2016.
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  5. ^ Horn, Trevor. "Burnes taken in fourth round by Milwaukee Brewers". The Bakersfield Californian. Retrieved April 3, 2023.
  6. ^ "Rattlers' Burnes blessed with big-time talent". August 4, 2016. Retrieved April 3, 2023.
  7. ^ Brewers promote Shuckers' Taylor Jungmann to Triple-A
  8. ^ Brewers prospect Corbin Burnes on Double-A: You feel like you're one call away from MLB
  9. ^ "Corbin Burnes Stats, Highlights, Bio - Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  10. ^ "Brewers honor top minor-leaguers Lewis Brinson, Corbin Burnes on Tuesday". September 26, 2017. Retrieved April 3, 2023.
  11. ^ "Hiura headlines new-look Brewers Top 30 Prospects list". Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  12. ^ Maun, Tyler (April 19, 2018). "Milwaukee Brewers No. 2 prospect Corbin Burnes puts it all together". Retrieved April 3, 2023.
  13. ^ "Corbin Burnes gets MLB promotion to Milwaukee Brewers". The Bakersfield Californian. Retrieved April 3, 2023.
  14. ^ "Corbin Burnes makes his major-league debut one to remember". July 10, 2018. Retrieved April 3, 2023.
  15. ^ "Corbin Burnes finishes 6th in NL Cy Young vote". Brew Crew Ball. SB Nation. November 12, 2020. Retrieved March 30, 2021.
  16. ^ McCalvy, Adam (April 21, 2021). "40 K's, 0 walks by Burnes has no precedent". Retrieved April 21, 2021.
  17. ^ "Corbin Burnes Sets Two Strikeout Records in Return From I.L." The New York Times. May 13, 2011. Retrieved April 3, 2023.
  18. ^ "Burnes, Peralta anchor Brewers at ASG".
  19. ^ "Brewers' Burnes ties record with 10 straight K's". August 12, 2021. Retrieved April 3, 2023.
  20. ^ Castrovince, Anthony (September 11, 2021). "Led by Burnes, Brewers spin combo no-hitter". Retrieved September 12, 2021.
  21. ^ "Major League Leaderboards » 2021 » Pitchers » Dashboard | FanGraphs Baseball".
  22. ^ Baer, Jack (November 17, 2021). "Brewers' Corbin Burnes wins NL Cy Young Award, 2 years after historically awful season". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved November 18, 2021.
  23. ^ Bastian, Jordan (November 23, 2021). "Burnes, Hader named to All-MLB First Team". Retrieved November 26, 2021.
  24. ^ "Arbitration Tracker For 2022". MLBTradeRumors. Retrieved March 23, 2022.
  25. ^ "Brewers tab Cy Young winner Burnes for opener". March 29, 2022.
  26. ^ "Brewers pitchers Corbin Burnes, Josh Hader selected to All-Star game". July 10, 2022. Retrieved April 3, 2023.
  27. ^ a b "Corbin Burnes Stats, Height, Weight, Position, Rookie Status & More".
  28. ^ Lord, Alex (November 1, 2022). "Max Fried wins third consecutive Gold Glove".
  29. ^ "Corbin Burnes: Arbitration hurt relationship with Brewers". ESPN. Associated Press. February 16, 2023. Retrieved April 3, 2023.
  30. ^ "Brewers name Corbin Burnes starter for 2023 opening day vs Cubs". March 24, 2023. Retrieved April 3, 2023.
  31. ^ Feinberg, Teddy. "Corbin Burnes makes most of major league opportunity". Retrieved December 10, 2020.
  32. ^ "OUR WEDDING". Retrieved December 10, 2020.[permanent dead link]
  33. ^ "corbinburnes". Instagram. Archived from the original on December 24, 2021. Retrieved December 10, 2020.
  34. ^ "Nightengale's Notebook: Cy Young winner Corbin Burnes is poster boy for MLB labor fight". USA Today.

Further reading

Awards and achievements Preceded byTyler Gilbert No-hitter pitcher September 11, 2021 (with Josh Hader) Succeeded byTylor Megill Drew Smith Joely Rodríguez Seth Lugo Edwin Díaz