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Portrait of Billy Burns

Billy Burns CFRoyals

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
3 893 .271 .309 .355 .242 0
Birth Date8-30-1989
Height5' 9"
Weight170 lbs
Age27 years, 3 months, 4 days
BatsB
ThrowsR
2012
2013
-0.12014
0.92015
-0.82016
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2014 OAK 24 13 6 6 4 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 .167 .167 .167 .158 -1.0 -0.2 -0.1
2015 OAK 25 125 555 520 70 153 18 9 5 204 26 81 6 2 1 42 26 8 .294 .334 .392 .265 21.4 -13.0 0.9
2016 KCA 26 24 40 37 7 9 0 0 0 9 0 7 2 1 0 1 3 2 .243 .275 .243 .203 -0.9 -1.3 -0.2
2016 OAK 26 73 292 274 32 64 11 4 0 83 10 30 4 1 3 12 14 3 .234 .270 .303 .206 -2.6 -2.5 -0.5
Career23589383711322729135297361181244554614.271.309.355.24216.9-17.10.0

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2011 AUB A- 32 130 .288 .245 .325 .353 .000 .314 101 3.9 3.7 0.3 0.1 0.7 8.7 0.9 8.7 0.9
2012 HAG A 113 485 .302 .260 .335 .391 .000 .387 106 22.1 14.1 -0.9 8.1 4.3 39.6 4.8 39.6 4.8
2013 POT A+ 91 402 .295 .257 .334 .383 .000 .349 109 15.3 11.8 -2.2 2.1 0.1 25.0 2.7 25.0 2.7
2013 HAR AA 30 138 .305 .256 .328 .382 .000 .381 94 6.3 3.8 -0.2 3.5 3.5 13.4 1.8 13.4 1.8
2014 OAK MLB 13 6 .158 .231 .287 .335 .000 .167 99 -0.6 0.2 0 -0.2 -0.6 -1.0 -0.1 -1.0 -0.1
2014 MID AA 91 421 .253 .249 .317 .369 .000 .298 103 -3 11.6 0.8 5.2 4.9 14.2 2.1 14.2 2.1
2014 SAC AAA 28 121 .174 .276 .341 .427 .000 .233 88 -11.9 3.6 0.3 2.0 0.5 -7.4 -0.5 -7.4 -0.5
2015 OAK MLB 125 555 .265 .253 .312 .403 .000 .339 98 2.7 15.0 1.4 -13.0 2.4 21.4 0.9 21.4 0.9
2015 NAS AAA 22 101 .295 .272 .333 .406 .000 .378 90 3.7 2.8 0.3 0.3 0.5 7.3 0.8 7.3 0.8
2016 KCA MLB 24 40 .203 .252 .313 .415 .257 .290 103 -2.3 1.1 -0.1 -1.3 0.4 -0.9 -0.2 -0.9 -0.2
2016 OAK MLB 73 292 .206 .262 .323 .432 .262 .261 96 -16 8.3 0.5 -2.5 4.6 -2.6 -0.5 -2.6 -0.5
2016 NAS AAA 10 44 .246 .276 .335 .421 .266 .414 97 -0.7 1.2 0.1 -0.6 0.8 1.5 0.1 1.5 0.1
2016 OMA AAA 2 5 .129 .237 .301 .400 .260 1.000 101 -0.7 0.1 0 0.7 0.0 -0.6 0.0 -0.6 0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2011 AUB A- 130 21 28 3 2 1 18 12 22 13 1 .262 .367 .355 .093 .288 8.7 0.1 0.9
2012 HAG A 485 83 128 14 5 0 41 65 68 38 9 .322 .432 .382 .060 .302 39.6 8.1 4.8
2013 POT A+ 402 70 103 8 9 0 29 52 37 54 5 .312 .422 .391 .079 .295 25.0 2.1 2.7
2013 HAR AA 138 26 37 4 0 0 8 20 17 20 2 .325 .434 .360 .035 .305 13.4 3.5 1.8
2014 OAK MLB 6 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 .167 .167 .167 .000 .158 -1.0 -0.2 -0.1
2014 SAC AAA 121 17 21 2 0 0 5 9 19 3 1 .193 .254 .211 .018 .174 -7.4 2.0 -0.5
2014 MID AA 421 57 91 20 3 1 23 44 65 51 5 .250 .333 .330 .080 .253 14.2 5.2 2.1
2015 OAK MLB 555 70 153 18 9 5 42 26 81 26 8 .294 .334 .392 .098 .265 21.4 -13.0 0.9
2015 NAS AAA 101 18 28 2 3 0 3 9 17 5 2 .308 .370 .396 .088 .295 7.3 0.3 0.8
2016 NAS AAA 44 7 12 1 0 0 4 2 12 4 0 .293 .326 .317 .024 .246 1.5 -0.6 0.1
2016 OMA AAA 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 .200 .200 .200 .000 .129 -0.6 0.7 0.0
2016 KCA MLB 40 7 9 0 0 0 1 0 7 3 2 .243 .275 .243 .000 .203 -0.9 -1.3 -0.2
2016 OAK MLB 292 32 64 11 4 0 12 10 30 14 3 .234 .270 .303 .069 .206 -2.6 -2.5 -0.5

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2014 18 0.5000 0.5000 0.8889 0.6667 0.3333 0.8333 1.0000 0.1111 9 -0.000292
2015 1896 0.5042 0.5723 0.8332 0.7667 0.3745 0.8608 0.7756 0.1668 648 -0.000926
2016 1077 0.5237 0.5051 0.8750 0.6454 0.3509 0.9011 0.8222 0.1250 0 0.000000
Career29910.51120.54770.84860.72240.36580.87510.79370.1514410.8225-0.0006

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2013-05-16 2013-05-27 Minors 11 0 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2012-07-27 2012-08-03 Minors 7 7 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2016 OAK $512,500
2015 OAK $
2014 OAK $
YearsDescriptionSalary
2011Current$512,500
1 yrTotal$512,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
2 y 20 d1 year/$0.5125M (2016)

Details
  • 1 year/$0.5125M (2016). Re-signed by Oakland 3/16. Acquired by Kansas City in trade from Oakland 7/29/16.
  • 1 year/$0.5075M (2015). Re-signed by Oakland 3/15.
  • 1 year (2014). Contract selected by Oakland 7/28/14.
  • Acquired by Oakland 12/11/13 in trade from Washington for lhp Jerry Blevins.
  • Drafted by Washington 2011 (32-967) (Mercer).

Previous Year Preseason Upside By Year

Yr Proj 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 PEAK 5
20150.12.2out of baseball2.90.9out of baseball6.1

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .312 .353 .408 .275
11 vs R (Multi) .285 .324 .383 .259
18 Split (Multi) -.028 -.029 -.025 -.015
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.013 -.004 -.003 -.001
30 vs L (2015) .315 .356 .412 .277
31 vs R (2015) .285 .324 .383 .259
38 Split (2015) -.031 -.032 -.029 -.017
39 LgAvg (2015) -.019 -.010 -.007 -.004

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2016 A short, fast guy at the top of the order should be patient. He should work the count and wait for a good pitch to hit or take a walk so he can run wild on the bases. Burns never got the memo, averaging 3.5 pitches per plate appearance and hacking at first pitches like they were knotted vines blocking his path to buried treasure. Thing is, he destroyed first pitches, hitting .479 and slugging .718. Unorthodox though his strategy is, it's hard to argue with results. Burns was a hyper-efficient basestealer in the minors but hasn't used his speed to maximum advantage in the big leagues yet. He is a solid center fielder whose routes improved as the season progressed. His small size and large BABIP are concerns, but he has defied the odds by getting even this far. Don't bet against him.
2015 This one-trick pony is worth a bet at the races, but his skills with the stick are still in the developmental stages, leaving him confined to a pinch-running/pinch-flycatching role during his cup of coffee last September. Burns has parlayed his true 80-grade speed into an 89 percent success rate on stolen bases in his minor-league career, including 166 thefts over the past three seasons. A right-handed hitter when the Nats drafted him in 2011, Burns has since converted to switch-hitting in order to make more of his speed by shortening the route to first base, and his first two seasons of double duty were a resounding hit. His copious singles and walks floated a Rickey-like OBP, before it fell off in 2014 despite Midland's favorable hitting environment. A key to his future success is his ability to work counts and earn the respect of opposing pitchers. Not a key to future success, but still important: His name is a true sentence.
2014 The Nationals' minor-league player of the year, Billy Burns is an OBP machine who can flat-out fly—good thing, considering that's the most efficient way to travel from Washington to Oakland, which traded Jerry Blevins for him.

BP Articles

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2015-12-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can Billy Burns improve on or even repeat what he did last year? Seemed to be awfully lucky with the bat
(kbethel from richmond)
Hit .479 and slugged .718 in 118 balls put in play on the first pitch! I don't think it was luck, per se, because jumping on pitchers early in counts was how hitters reclaimed some of the ground they'd lost over the last five years in 2015, but I'll say that another set of adjustments is ahead of Burns if he wants to have another above-average offensive season. (Matthew Trueblood)
2015-06-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)At this point last year , most writers in the industry were not high on Billy Burns bat at all. What has changed in his approach or is he set for a collapse soon?
(ArkBuilder from Texas)
.362 BABIP, but he rarely strikes out and his LD% isn't totally embarrassing. He's due for some regression to be sure, but I do think he hits enough to stick around the majors. Still don't see a first-division guy. (Ben Carsley)
2015-06-02 18:00:00 (link to chat)A's fan here trying to find something positive in this season beyond Sonny Gray. So what do you make of the seasons so far (SSS caveat) of Stephen Vogt, Billy Burns, and Mark Canha (against right-handers)?
(Eric from Fremont)
There was another Canha question that was just submitted so I'll answer it in this one. Yeah I think there's always room for players who can hit right handed pitching even if LHPs get them out. I don't understand why Vogt is doing what he's doing and I really want Billy Burns to work but I don't think it's a long term thing. At least Marcus Semien is mashing. (Mauricio Rubio)
2015-02-26 20:00:00 (link to chat)Will Billy Burns ever be an useful fantasy OF thanks to the steals? Maybe a OF4 with impact steals... Is Jarrod Dyson his floor or ceiling, and can he steal 50+ bases? Thank you!!
(Daniel from Texas)
The problem is that Burns can't hit. He's more Tony Campana than Jarrod Dyson. (Bret Sayre)
2014-04-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Billy Burns, does he have a chance sometime soon to see some big-league level action? The A's OF is underwhelming at best right now. I think Burns can out "Hamilton" Billy Hamilton. What's the delay???
(Max from Oaktown)
I don't see it with Burns. He's an incredible runner and he controls the zone well, but I don't think he'll hit against advanced pitching and he's not a true center field defender. He's an extra outfield/bench guy for me and I don't see any reason the A's should be pushing to bring him up quickly. (Mark Anderson)
2014-03-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is Billy Burns a legit prospect? Or just a guy with some speed?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
Just a guy with some speed. (Ronit Shah)
2014-03-12 14:00:00 (link to chat)Any thoughts about Oakland's Billy Burns?
(Gary from New Jersey)
I'd pay to see him take on Mike O'Neill in an on-base-off/home run derby/fight to the death. (Ben Lindbergh)
2014-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you make of Billy Burns? Little guy who got on base but have heard he isnt a guy
(Eric from Ann Arbor)
I've got him pegged as a 4th or 5th OF if everything goes well. (Mark Anderson)


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