Originally a 31st round draft pick of the San Francisco Giants, Burres worked his way through the minor leagues to earn a spot on their 40-man roster. Prior to the 2006 season, however, the Giants passed Burres through waivers to clear some roster space. The Orioles claimed him and he was a pleasant surprise in Ottawa, putting up solid numbers in 26 starts.
DOB: 04/08/81 Height: 6-1 Weight: 165 B/T: L/L
Brian Burres's age 25 season::
Burres works with a fastball that mostly sits in the 86-88 MPH range, sometimes a few ticks higher. Though the velocity is merely adequate for a left-hander, the pitch has good downward movement and helped him achieve a 1.01 GO/AO ratio. He also works with a solid breaking ball and changeup. The changeup is the better of the two pitches, but both are perfectly usable in the long run.
Burres had an interesting platoon split, in that the southpaw was much more effective against right-handers. Some of that can be chalked up to sample size, since Burres didn't face many left-handers despite a significant workload. Much of it, however, has to do with Burres's well regarded pitchability. He had no problem working off of his changeup to righties, or working backwards as you'll hear scouts say. Burres has a slender build, but it has not hurt his durability.
Burres will be given a chance to make the team out of spring training and, entering his age 26 season, his spot on the 40-man roster might be in jeopardy if he is sent back to Norfolk. He has an outside chance of eventually becoming a back-of-the-rotation starter, but the Orioles will be looking at him as a long reliever. Obviously, his splits indicate that he would make a poor choice as a LOOGY, but it‘s not like Sam Perlozzo has shown much of a tendency to pay attention to things like that (so far). The acquisition of Jamie Walker means Burres will have to beat out the injury-riddled John Parrish and Kurt Birkins, but he should at least provide insurance for the big league bullpen while putting up good numbers in the pitcher-friendly Norfolk Stadium.
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