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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: 1 | Owned/Started%: 4/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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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.