Q&A with Kyler Burke

After batting .211 in 62 games with Class-A Fort Wayne of the Midwest League, Kyler Burke expects to head to Boise for short-season A-ball after joining the Cubs from the Padres' farm system on Wednesday in the trade that sent Michael Barrett to San Diego. The 19-year-old left-handed hitting outfielder was drafted in the supplemental first round by San Diego in 2006.

What have you spent the bulk of your at-bats working on this season?

Really I've just tried to have good at-bats. The results will come if you do. I've worked on my approach a lot and with just trying to get my pitch to hit. The higher up you go ... it might be a strike, but it might not be a pitch that you can drive, so I've been working to get my pitch early in the count.

What's been the biggest factor in your struggles this season?

Just pressing a little too much I think. I had a pretty good spring and then came out to Fort Wayne and struggled a little bit. I started putting a little too much pressure on myself and that caused my swing to get out of whack. I started swinging at some bad pitches, but once I settled back down, I started doing pretty well.

San Diego's coaches and scouts see some power potential in your swing, but the numbers haven't reflected that so far. Do you see your power really taking off?

Right now, the power numbers aren't there. But once you get older and a couple of years under you, those numbers will probably start showing.

Do you view the trade as a fresh start for you?

Definitely. It was kind of shocking and I wasn't expecting it at all, but it's kind of exciting. It is a fresh start so you take it and run with it.

Is the plan for you to stay in the Midwest League and move to Peoria?

Actually, I think they're going to start me out in Boise.

Being that you spent only half a season in the Arizona League, did you feel the move to full-season ball was a big jump?

Not really. The talent is definitely better, but it wasn't too big of a jump.

How satisfied are you with defense this season? You have five assists already and the Padres say you have a cannon for an arm.

Yeah, I think I'm a pretty solid defender. I'm an average runner, but I get good reads off the bat and can cover a lot of ground in the outfield with a pretty good arm.

Do your goals change any after joining a new organization, and is there any pressure to impress your new team?

No, you just have to stay relaxed and not try to do too much. It's a new team and a new uniform, but it's still the game of baseball.


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