January 26, 2009

Top 50 Twins Prospects 2009: #23 Alex Burnett

2009 Top 50 Twins Prospects | #23 | Alex Burnett

Position | Pitcher

Bats/Throws | Right/Right

| July 26, 1987 (Anaheim, California)

| Ocean View High School

| 6'0''

| 190 lbs.

2008 Ranking
| 21

Alex Burnett was taken by the Twins in the 12th round of the 2005 draft. He has thrown a lot of innings in his first 68 professional starts (not including his 3 relief appearances). He averages 5.4 innings per start which may not seem like a lot, but it adds up. Burnett's K/9 ratio has decreased upon arrival at each stop. But on a bright note, he did make adjustments mid-season in 2008 by improving a 3.87 K/9 ratio in the first half to a 6.57 K/9 ratio in the second half of the season. The Twins may look to send him back to Ft. Myers in 2009 to continue to work on his strikeout ratio. If he can raise his K numbers without letting it negatively effect his other numbers, he could shoot up the prospect charts.

2008 Statistics
Level      W     L     ERA     IP      K     BB     WHIP     FIP
A+        8      6    3.76   143.6    84     36    1.30     3.97

2009 Outlook

Burnett has pitched great in each of his first 3 stops in the Twins minor league. He's still very young and they may decide to move him northward to New Britain, but returning to Ft. Myers is not at all out of the question. I think a lot will depend on how strong New Britain's rotation is compared to Ft. Myers. Regardless, he should be starting in one of the two locations

Pitching Repertoire
  • Fastball
  • Curveball
  • Change-up

Estimated Time of Arrival