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BILLY BURNS RUMORS & GOSSIP

With Crisp out, A's intrigued by what speedy Burns can offer

Oakland Athletics outfielder Billy Burns isn’t “supposed” to hit home runs – which makes the fact that he’s hit two in the past five days so interesting. The 5’9” speedster led off Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays with a homer from the left side of the plate, surprising many around the A’s due to his supposed lack of power. Then, for an encore, Burns stepped...
Via Fox Sports
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Baseball: Deep League Digging, Week 8

View image | gettyimages.com Because of the Memorial Day holiday, Major League Baseball has a week packed full of games, with Thursday being the only day where there isn’t a full slate. With this abundance of games, swapping hitters out of your lineups who are faced with bad matchups could be crucial to winning your head-to-head battles and preserving ratios in roto leagues...
Via The Fantasy Fix
3 days ago  |  Discuss

In Defense of Billy Burns

Courtesy of the informational and always entertaining Instagram account of Coco Crisp, it’s clear to see that the veteran table setter is on the doorstep of returning to the O.co Coliseum Crisp has wrapped his brief two-game rehab stint with the High-A Stockton Ports (which included a boxing bender in Las Vegas), and Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin told John Hickey of the...
Via BaySportsNet
24 days ago  |  Discuss

JABO: Will Billy Burns’ Speed Play In the Majors?

The first-level explanation for Billy Burns‘ impressive numbers last month? Spring-training statistics are irrelevant at best, misleading at worst. You know this part. However much there might be a little signal in the stats, it tends to be overwhelmed by noise, so it’s best to just ignore the numbers entirely. But for weeks we’re given […]
Via Fangraphs
April 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s Prospect Profile: Billy Burns

Billy Burns. Photo Credit: Getty Images.   25-year-old centerfielder Billy Burns was first drafted out of Walton High School in Marietta, GA by the Atlanta Braves in the 16th round of the 2008 amatuer draft. Opting to attend Mercer University in Macon, GA before pursuing his Major League Baseball career, he was drafted again in the 32nd round of the 2011 draft by the Washington...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
March 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Billy Burns Is Not Just Another Fast Guy

A former 32nd-round pick of the Washington Nationals in 2011, the aptly named speedster Billy Burns has been promoted from Double-A Midland to the Major Leagues. Taking the spot of Craig Gentry, who recently broke his hand, Athletics’ manager Bob Melvin has said that he expects Burns to start in center field against left-handed pitchers for the immediate future. Burns’ stay...
Via Batting Leadoff
July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

The Year’s Best Minor-League Base-Stealers, Feat. Billy Burns

Last year, then-Washington outfield prospect Billy Burns produced the most stolen-base runs among every minor-league player in the whole minor leagues — about 12 of them, it would appear, using the major-league linear-weight values for stolen bases and caught stealings*. *Caughts stealing? Now employed by the Oakland franchise — and, indeed, having been promoted to […]
Via Fangraphs
July 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s Prospect Scores on Sacrifice Fly From Second Base (Video)

Billy Burns lived up to his last name and then some on Tuesday. The 24-year-old speedster, who currently plays for the Oakland A’s Double-A affiliate Midland RockHounds, turned on the burners in the second inning against the Northwest Arkansas Naturals to score on a sacrifice fly. A seemingly routine play, except for the fact that he scored from second base. Burns used his wheels...
Via NESN.com
April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

A's prospect Billy Burns scores on a sac fly ... from second base (VIDEO)

Billy Burns' name matches his play on the basepaths. The minor league outfielder stole 74 bases in 81 attempts while splitting time between Nationals' Class-A and Double-A affiliates last season. Burns was traded to the A's at the end of 2013 seems to be blazing a trail to the big leagues.The 24-year-old prospect — playing for the Midland Rockhounds —already has people comparing...
Via The Other Paper
April 09, 2014  |  Discuss
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