New Arrival: Chris Burke, if, Houston Astros

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Chris Burke was drafted by the Houston Astros out of the University of Tennessee 10th overall in the 2001 draft. He was a great college player, holding six single season hitting records and eight career hitting records.

From 2001-2004 he was ranked one of Houston’s Top 5 prospects, and was the #1 after the 2004 season. He was compared to both Craig Biggio and Mark Loretta. You would think people would have some pause comparing him to a Hall of Fame player, but his blend of pop, speed and on-base skills made him an elite prospect.

Unfortunately he never really found his stroke in the majors. From 2004-2009 he hit .239/.315/.359 with 23 HR with a -1.2 WAR. He retired after the 2010 season. He did have a nice career highlight though, hitting a walk off home run in the 2005 NLDS.

While Burke may not be in the pros anymore, he is still in baseball. He owns Chris Burke Baseball (a coaching service), and is also (I think) an analyst with ESPN.

Standard Batting
Year Age Tm Lg G AB R H HR RBI SB CS BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS OPS+
2004 24 HOU NL 17 17 2 1 0 0 0 0 3 3 .059 .200 .059 .259 -28
2005 25 HOU NL 108 318 49 79 5 26 11 6 23 62 .248 .309 .368 .676 76
2006 26 HOU NL 123 366 58 101 9 40 11 1 27 77 .276 .347 .418 .765 96
2007 27 HOU NL 111 319 39 73 6 28 9 3 27 52 .229 .304 .357 .662 71
2008 28 ARI NL 86 165 20 32 2 12 5 0 27 33 .194 .310 .273 .582 51
2009 29 SDP NL 32 82 8 17 1 5 4 1 6 16 .207 .270 .305 .575 59
6 Yr 6 Yr 6 Yr 6 Yr 477 1267 176 303 23 111 40 11 113 243 .239 .315 .359 .674 75
162 162 162 162 162 430 60 103 8 38 14 4 38 83 .239 .315 .359 .674 75
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 4/26/2017.
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