Q&A: Centennial graduate Corbin Burnes ready for first MLB start, 2019 season

Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Corbin Burnes throws against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning of a spring training baseball game in Montreal on Tuesday, March 26, 2019.
Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Corbin Burnes throws to a Colorado Rockies batter during the first inning of a spring baseball game in Scottsdale, Ariz., Tuesday, March 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

The 2019 season is officially here, with teams taking the field Thursday for Opening Day. Burnes will make his first career big league start Sunday as the No. 4 pitcher in the Brewers’ starting rotation against the St. Louis Cardinals.

A fourth round draft pick in 2016, Burnes steamrolled through the minor leagues in just two calendar years. He was named 2017 Minor League Player of the Year for the organization after going 8-3 with a 1.67 ERA, striking out 140 batters in 145 2/3 innings over the course of 26 starts. After making 13 starts in Triple A Colorado Springs last year, Burnes was moved to the bullpen before making his MLB debut as a middle reliever for the Brewers on July 10.

As successful as Milwaukee was in advancing to the National League Championship Series, Burnes proved he could handle himself in the big leagues, going 7-0 with a 2.61 ERA in 30 relief appearances.

Q: Did you ever worry about staying in the bullpen? Did you ever worry that you wouldn’t get back into the rotation?

Q: Was there any difference going into this offseason?

Q: When did you know that you made the Opening Day roster?

Q: What was your reaction to that moment?

Q: What are your living arrangements in Milwaukee during the season?

Q: How are you going to approach your first MLB start on Sunday?

Q: Who do you lean on the most in the locker room?

Q: You’re not just playing for some run-of-the-mill team this season, a deep playoff run is the goal. Does that make your first full season in the bigs that much more special?

Q: The Brewers have never won a World Series and have been to just one back in 1982. How important is it for this team to win one for the fans?

Q: Have you changed anything to your pitching repertoire?

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