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1 Billy Burns CF
Height/Weight: 5-9/180 | Birthdate: 8/30/1989 | Birthplace: Atlanta, GA | Bats/Throws: S/R | Team: Oakland | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 19/15 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Billy Burns homers, gets three hits in Athletics' win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Athletics center fielder Billy Burns went his first 18 games of the year without driving in a run. He's now recorded RBI in back-to-back games.

Burns hit a solo home run to lead off Oakland's win over Tampa Bay on Sunday, his first of the year, and recorded his second RBI in as many days. 

"I was kind of shocked honestly," Burns said to MLB.com. "I never really do that in BP or anything. The ball just took off a little bit off the bat, right on the barrel, I guess. The pitcher just provided all the power. It was a good feeling. … It was a good way to start the game, and I'm glad we could get the win overall."

Burns went 3 for 5 and scored three times. He also stole his seventh base of the season. 


A's OF Coco Crisp (neck) not starting on Wednesday


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp is being held out of the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Astros. This comes as little surprise as Crisp was removed from Tuesday's game with stiffness in his neck. The team has not provided an update on his status, and should be considered day-to-day for now.

Billy Burns will draw the start in center field while leading off, and the recently-recalled Craig Gentry will be in left. 


Burns takes over leadoff spot for A's, Crisp dropped to seventh


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) Coco Crisp has been dropped to seventh in the Athletics' starting lineup. Billy Burns will be at the top of the order against the White Sox on Saturday, per MLB.com.

Crisp has struggled to make his presence felt at the plate, hitting only .061 (2 for 33) since returning from the disabled list because of a triceps strain. Burns, on the other hand, is hitting .292 (14 for 48) with three walks, two doubles and two stolen bases in 12 games.

Oakland is favored (-160) at home against the White Sox.


Athletics OF Billy Burns dropped to No. 8 in batting order


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) Athletics outfielder Billy Burns returned to the starting lineup, but was bumped down to the No. 8 spot in the order on Tuesday against Boston, per the team's official website.

Burns is hitting .217 (5 for 23) over his last six games played. He is batting .286 with two doubles, two stolen bases and a .318 on-base percentage in 10 games played.

Oakland is favored (-140) at home against the Red Sox, per VegasInsider.com.


Athletics' Marcus Semien jumps to No. 2 spot on Tuesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) With Billy Burns receiving the night off in favor of Sam Fuld, the Athletics moved Coco Crisp to the leadoff spot and Marcus Semien to the No. 2 hole Tuesday night against Boston, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area reports.

Semien is hitting .295/.340/.810 with five home runs on the season.

Oakland is considered a home favorite (-120) against the Red Sox, per VegasInsider.com.


A's rookie outfielder Billy Burns gets a breather on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/12/2015) For just the second time this season, Athletics outfielder Billy Burns is not in the starting lineup. Burns has started nine of the first 11 games in his career since being called up on May 2.

The rookie outfielder is .286 to start his big-league tenure. But he will get a rest on Tuesday as Sam Fuld is in the lineup, playing centerfield on Tuesday against the Red Sox.


Athletics' Stephen Vogt, Sam Fuld out of the lineup Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt is out of the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Mariners, the team announced. 

Vogt has started five of the last seven games for Oakland and is hitting .322 with seven home runs with 25 RBI in 90 at-bats. Josh Phegley will replace him behind the plate. Center fielder Sam Fuld will also get a day off with Billy Burns drawing the start in center. Burns is hitting .286 in 28 at-bats this season.

Ike Davis will also get a break as Mark Canha will draw the start at first base. Davis has started 13 games in a row for Oakland.


Athletics activate OF Coco Crisp; Craig Gentry optioned to Triple-A


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/6/2015) As expected, the Athletics have activated outfielder Coco Crisp from the 15-day disabled list, the team announced on Wednesday. Crisp has been out all season after undergoing elbow surgery in early April. 

In a coresponding move, the A's have optioned fellow outfielder Craig Gentry to Triple-A Nashville, meaning Billy Burns will remain with the team, for now at least. Gentry has struggled mightely this season, collecting just three hits in 35 at-bats.

Crisp was immediately inserted into manager Bob Mevlin's starting lineup, playing left field and hitting in the lead-off spot. 


Athletics OF Coco Crisp to make season debut Wednesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp will his season debut as early as Wednesday against the Twins, according to the Bay Area News Group.

Crisp, who began the season on the disabled list after undergoing arthroscopic surgery in early April to remove bone chips from his elbow, played two rehab games for Class A Stockton before returning to the Bay Area to receive treatment on his elbow on Tuesday.

The A's are expected to option either Billy Burns or Craig Gentry to Triple-A Nashville once Crisp regains his status as the leadoff hitter, per MLB.com.


Athletics OF Billy Burns hitting well since recent call-up


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/5/2015) Athletics outfielder Billy Burns has certainly made the most of his most recent opportunity, as he has hit safely in all three games since his call-up on Saturday. In those three games, Burns is 5 for 14.

Burns got his first taste of the big leagues last season, being used mainly as a late-inning defensive replacement. He had just one hit in six at-bats in 2014. 

It remains to be seen if Burns, who is filling in for the injured Coco Crisp, will remain with the team once Crisp returns. Burns had been hitting well in Triple-A Nashville this season, slashing .315/.378/.404 in 89 at-bats for the Sounds. 


Billy Butler out of starting lineup for Athletics


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Athletics designated hitter Billy Butler is out of the starting lineup for Sunday's game. It will be just the second start Butler has missed this season. 

Mark Canha moves to DH from left field to give Butler a day of rest. Sam Fuld shifts from center to left to replace Canha. 

Entering the lineup to fill Fuld's vacancy in center is Billy Burns, who will bat leadoff. Burns is making his second consecutive start in center. 


A's promote Burns, Alvarez; place O'Flaherty on DL; DFA Ross


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) The Athletics announced several roster moves prior to Saturday's contest against the Rangers, per MLB.com.

The club placed Eric O'Flaherty on the 15-day disabled list with left shoulder strain, and designated outfielder Cody Ross for assignment. Billy Burns and R.J. Alvarez were both recalled from Triple-A Nashville. Burns is leading off for the A's on Saturday.

Oakland also reclaimed Alex Hassan off waivers and optioned him to Triple-A.


A's option Burns to Triple-A, DFA Hassan to clear room for Ross


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) The Athletics announced several roster moves on Wednesday to clear a spot for outfielder Cody Ross, who signed with the club and is batting second in the lineup against the Rangers, per the team's official website. The club optioned Billy Burns to Triple-A Nashville and designated Alex Hassan for a assignment to clear a spot for Ross. 

Report: Athletics OF Coco Crisp expected to need elbow surgery


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2015) Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp is expected to require surgery to remove a bone spur and chips from his right elbow, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The outfielder would be out for six-to-eight weeks after undergoing the procedure.

Crisp has dealt with elbow issues for much of the spring. Without his presence in the lineup, the A's will need to replace the outfielder in the leadoff spot at least until mid-May. With Crisp set to open the season on the disabled list, the A's will likely carry outfielder Billy Burns on the team's initial 25-man roster.


Athletics' Billy Burns credits larger bat for spring hot streak


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Athletics outfielder Billy Burns is hitting .381 this spring and leads the Majors with 24 hits. 

Burns credits a change to a larger bat for the increased production. Minor league hitting coordinator Greg Sparks suggested the move, to a bat that was one ounce heavier and half an inch longer. He believed it would help improve the switch-hitting Burns' left-handed swing. 

"I was using a skinnier, more balanced model and now it’s a bigger barrel, heavier," Burns said, per the San Francisco Chronicle. "I choke up so I can handle it but have more oomph behind it. more force. Then we worked on the mental approach of attacking the baseball from the left side. Instead of being more passive and trying to go the other way, attack the ball."

Burns is hitting .432 from the left side of the plate this spring. 


Athletics' Billy Burns available after HBP in knee


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Athletics outfielder Billy Burns was hit in the knee by a pitch during Friday's game. 

Burns was able to stay in the game, and, a day later, the knee was still doing well. Manager Bob Melvin said that Burns would probably be available off the bench on Saturday and would be back in the lineup on Sunday, per the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser.


Athletics activate Jed Lowrie from DL; announce September callups


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) The Athletics announced several of roster moves prior to Monday's contest against the Mariners. The team activated shortstop Jed Lowrie from the disabled list. Additionally, they called up pitcher Fernando Rodriguez, catcher Bryan Anderson outfielder Billy Burns from Triple-A.

Billy Burns sent to Triple-A


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) The Athletics optioned outfielder Billy Burns to Triple-A Sacramento Thursday, following the acquisition of Sam Fult.

Burns was hitless in five major-league at-bats, and will make his Triple-A debut once he reports. 


Deep league owners need Billy Burns


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(7/29/2014) On Monday night, Billy Burns made his major league debut, pinch-hitting for Josh Reddick and lining out. It's wasn't an auspicious beginning for the Athletics' callup, but there should be better times ahead.

Though he had not advanced beyond Double-A, Burns had already demonstrated Fantasy potential with his blazing speed. Burns stole 51 bases in 56 attempts for Double-A Midland after notching 74 steals across two levels in the Nationals' system in 2013. He has very little power, but Burns has shown good plate discipline and has some potential to help owners with batting average and on-base percentage.

Even as just a pinch-running specialist, Burns would have value for owners in AL-only leagues, but he will be more than that. According to MLB.com, Burns will fill the role vacated by Craig Gentry, who went on the 15-day disabled list with a broken right hand. That means he will platoon in center field against left-handed pitchers. That additional playing time gives Burns some appeal in deeper mixed leagues.


Billy Burns skips level and joins Athletics


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Speedy outfielder Billy Burns has been promoted by the Athletics from Double-A Midland after swiping 51 bases in just 56 attempts at that level this season.

Burns has struggled at times hitting his way on base, as his .250 average attests. But he has shown a good eye at the plate with 44 walks in 364 at-bats, leading to a .350 on-base percentage and 57 runs scored.


Athletics trade Jerry Blevins for Billy Burns


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(12/11/2013) Yahoo! Sports reports that the Athletics traded left-handed reliever Jerry Blevins to the Nationals for minor league outfielder Billy Burns on Wednesday.

Blevins made 67 appearances for Oakland this season, going 5-0 with a 3.15 ERA.

The 24-year-old Burns split the 2013 season between Advanced Class A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg, batting .315 with 74 stolen bases.