Friday, January 9, 2015

2001 Bowman, Mike Burns

#315 Mike Burns

Here is a card that I got signed at a Wichita Wingnuts game in 2013 while Mike was playing for the Lincoln Saltdogs. Mike was originally signed by the Wingnuts to start that season, but he was cut before the season began. I had bought this card to get signed that summer, so I was happy to see that he latched on to another team. It worked out for both of us.

Mike spent parts of three seasons in the Majors, playing for four teams. He saw time with the Astros, Red Sox, Reds, and Brewers. He posted a 3-5 record in the Majors with a 5.82 ERA. He saw a majority of his playing time with the Brewers in 2009 when he split the season between the rotation and the 'pen. He recorded all of his decisions that season and had an ERA of 5.75 with 39 strikeouts over 51.2 innings.

Unlike the last two young pitchers I posted, Mike actually had a decent strikeout to walk ratio. It was almost 3:1.

Despite pitching in 103 Major League innings, Mike never got a card during his big league career. This is the only non minor league card of him.

It appears that Mike did not pitch this past season. I am guessing that his playing career is now over.

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