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.
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