Burke was acquired during the season by the Cubs in the Michael Barrett trade, and he may have gone from highly regarded to slight sleeper. Entering the year as the ninth-best prospect in the Padres system, the 19-year-old outfielder proved to be unprepared for a full-season league, batting just .211/.305/.268 at Low-A Fort Wayne before the deal. The Cubs dropped him back down to the Northwest League, where he started off 1-for-27 before taking off, batting .284 the rest of the way with 10 home runs in 197 at-bats. Burke went 0-for-4 for the Sharks on Saturday, ending a six-game multi-hit streak in which he went 14-for-24 with seven doubles. He’s now batting .355/.412/.516 in 18 games. Burke is ready for another shot at a full-season league, and scouts have always been enamored with his tools; keep an eye on this one.
√¨Definitely in the first month of the season,√Æ Veal said, √¨I was trying to prove that I was ready (for Chicago) when I wasn√≠t.√Æ
√¨Early on in the season, I think I was trying too much to prove that I could pitch at the Double-A level and was just trying too hard,√Æ Veal re-iterated. √¨I started to relax and it became a little easier. Guys weren√≠t overwhelmingly harder to get out; it was more just about myself.√Æ
√¨Not trying to be perfect all of the time, knowing you have good stuff and just to work with it,√Æ he said of his goals.
√¨He√≠s got tremendous upside and the sky is the limit for him,√Æ said [Pat] Listach. √¨We√≠re really looking forward to him putting it together pretty soon.
√¨He√≠s only 23 years old, but it√≠s time for him to step up and become what type of pitcher he really is,√Æ Listach added.
- June 21 – Mark Holliman tosses a No-Hitter for Tennessee