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Sean's one sentence analysis: Burns has great speed and plate discipline and a solid glove, three features to covet in a center fielder.
Thoughts from the community: "A 32-Rd. pick in the ’11 Draft, Burns put up solid numbers for Auburn last summer. Noted for his speed, defense, and plate discipline, the 22-y.o. stole 13 bases, made no errors and go on-base at a clip of .367 over 32 games (130 PA)." - Luke Erickson, Nationals Prospects (@nats_prospects)
"Athletic CF with great speed. Knows how to steal. Great defensively, but average arm. Swing that stays on top. Perfect leadoff type." - Chris Kay, former Virginia Tech and current Traverse City (Indipendent League) catcher (@chriskay2)
Previous analysis and notes: Atlanta's 16th rounder in 2008 hit .357/.473/.509 in 224 at-bats for Mercer University this year. His power is solid but unspectacular (12 2B, 2 3B, 6 HR) but his plate discipline is great (39 BB/29 K) as are his base-stealing abilities (29/32 SB this year).
According to his Cape Cod league team, the Harwich Mariners, Burns signed with the Nationals on July 19, 2011 and received a $75,000 bonus. The deal was confirmed by the Nationals on July 22, 2011.