Born July 26, 1987 (Anaheim, California)
School Ocean View High School
Weight 190 lbs.
2009 Ranking 23
Since being taken by the Twins in the 12th round of the 2005 draft, Alex Burnett has been a starter. A good one, at that. But last year, the Twins foresaw Burnett as a reliever, and since making the switch, he's made their decision look genius. This adrenalin-junky showed all of us in 2009 that he's meant for the bullpen.
Burnett posted a 4.06 ERA in two years of Rookie Ball (split between the Gulf Coast League and Appalachian League), before moving up to Single-A Beloit in 2007. As a 19-year-old, Burnett gained respect by posting a 3.02 ERA in 27 starts in the Midwest League. He moved up to Advanced-A Fort Myers in 2008 and made 25 starts while appearing as a reliever in three more. Now keep in mind, Burnett has been a workhorse up to this point in his career, averaging around 150 innings per year between Beloit and Ft. Myers. The Twins decided to give Burnett a try in the bullpen in 2009, which did surprise me. But the Twins went with the decision, and I'm glad they did. Burnett had a 1.99 ERA in 18 appearances with the Miracle before being promoted to Double-A New Britain. He went on to make 40 appearances with the Rock Cats, posting a 1.79 ERA in 55 1/3 innings. Besides ERA, Burnett also made great improvements in his strikeout numbers. As a starter, Burnett had a career 6.56 K/9 ratio, in '09 that ratio was 9 even.
After the season, Burnett appeared in the Arizona Fall League and made 10 appearances and recorded three saves. Going forward, Burnett should be viewed as either a set-up man or closer. He can crank his fastball into the mid 90's and has a sharp cutter/slider that he uses as his out pitch. Burnett is one of several relievers that should be ready to go in 2011.
Level W L ERA IP K BB WHIP FIPA+ 2 1 1.99 22.2 26 7 0.93 1.96
AA 1 2 1.79 55.1 52 19 0.99 2.98
Despite appearing in 40 games with New Britain in 2009, Burnett will likely begin the 2010 season with the Rock Cats before being promoted to Rochester mid-season. Expect Burnett to pick up a majority of the saves with New Britain early on. If he mows down the competition (which I believe he will), there is a possibility he could be considered for a promotion when rosters expand in September.
- 2/4 seam Fastball (89-94)
- Slider/Cutter (83-86)
- Curveball (76-78)
- Change-up (81-83)
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