Monday, March 01, 2004

A sports writer here at work was a good buddy of Chris Burke's back at the U of Tennessee. This guy says Burke is the hardest-working athlete he'd ever met, and that his attitude and desire to play will impress. Sound familiar?

From what little I've heard / read about him, Burke seems like the second-coming of Biggio. His stats say the same: He hits well, has lots of speed but little power. Last year at Round Rock:

165/549, 3 HR, 41 RBI
57 BB, 57 K, 34/44 SB

Based on my crude calculations, he hit

.301 / .366 / .388 = .754 OPS

Yeah, he should probably bulk up to hit for more power. But that's not a bad start for a 23-year-old second baseman.

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