BSB | Burnes Named Brewers' Minor League Pitcher Of The Year
MILWAUKEE — Former Saint Mary's baseball All-American right-hander Corbin Burnes was named Friday as the Minor League Pitcher of the Year for the Milwaukee Brewers system after a dominant first full year in professional baseball.
Burnes, who was named a 2016 All-American for the Gaels by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, posted the Brewers organization's best ERA with a 1.67 mark between Class A Advanced Carolina and Double-A Biloxi. He had 13 starts in which he didn't allow an earned run, and had 19 games with at least five strikeouts.
Burnes went 8-3 with 140 strikeouts in 2017. He was especially dominant at the Class A Advanced level where he started out in April, going 5-0 with a miniscule 1.05 ERA. He had a near-4-to-1 strikeouts-to-walks ratio in 2017, only walking 36 in 145 2/3 innings.
“Corbin's first full professional season was nothing short of sensational,” said Brewers Farm Director Tom Flanagan in a Brewers press release. “He was dominant at both Carolina and Biloxi, and he very much earned this award.”
Burnes helped lead the Gaels to their first-ever West Coast Conference championship and first trip to an NCAA Regional as a junior in 2016. He was named to the all-WCC First Team and the American Baseball Coaches Association All-West Region second team before being drafted by the Brewers in the fourth round of the 2016 MLB First-Year Players Draft.
Burnes, along with Milwaukee Minor League Player of the Year Lewis Brinson, will take part in a pregame ceremony before the Reds-Brewers game at the start of Milwaukee's final home series of the regular season.
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