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Burres leads indy ATL in ERA, signs with Rockies

Burres leads indy ATL in ERA, signs with Rockies
Burres leads indy ATL in ERA, signs with Rockies
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Lead the lead in ERA and they will come.

That's exactly what lefty Brian Burres has done in the Atlantic League. He's done so well the Colorado Rockies have assigned him to their Triple A club, according to a Friday release by SoMDNews.

Burres background screams of major league experience. He's got 13 years of minor league baseball under his belt, and six years and over 106 MLB games on his resume.

Drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 31st round of the 2000 amateur draft, Burres was with the Giants for five years until being claimed off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles in 2006. This despite the fact he went 21-7 in 2005/2006.

With the Orioles he blossomed, resulting in a promotion to the big club.

From 2006 to 2011 Burres appeared in 106 games including 56 starts. After going 13-18 with the Orioles, he was signed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays and preceded to bounce around from team-to-team over the next five years.

Burres had stints in the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants organization, both in Triple A, but did perform admirably when promoted to the majors. His last two year with the Pirates, he went 5-5 with 4.84 ERA, recording 55 strikeouts.

At 33 years of age, Burres is looking for another shot in the majors; his numbers support that.

After nine starts for the independent Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, Burres leads the league with a 1.64 ERA. According to Fangraphs, he was topping out at 88mph the last time he appeared in a major league game. Without the speed to blow away hitters, his control must be top notch at all times.

Overall, 50 innings was enough for the Rockies to give him another chance. His SO/BB ratio was only 1.50 and his K/9 sit at a career low 5.7, but he makes good pitches at the right time. Sometimes that's all that matters.

“It’s not like I overpowered anybody or anything like that. I just made good pitches at the right times,” Burres said. “The defense did a great job of picking me up in spots. I couldn’t ask for a better team out here [in Southern Maryland]. All the guys in the clubhouse are always great; the [pitching] staff here is unbelievable.

Saturday, Burres appeared in his first game for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. He took the loss giving up six runs in just under five innings.