Sean Burroughs has gone from a young kid
who led Long Beach to back-to-back Little League World Series
championships in 1992 and 1993 to being mentioned by some scouts as the
best teenage hitter since Ken Griffey,Jr.
In 1993, Sean batted .600 and also pitched two 16-strikeout no-hitters
during the World Series and was the winning pitcher vs. Panama in the
championship game. The son of former MVP Jeff, Sean recently was voted the
best 18 year old, by "Basball America", in the country. He ranked ahead of
both Josh Hamilton and Rafael Furcal.
Coming out of Long Beach Wilson High, Burroughs was the 9th overall
selection in the 1998 Draft by the Padres. As a senior, he batted .528 and
had 38 RBI in 29 games. all while playing against some of the toughest
high school compition in the country. Contract negotiations were slow and
for a time it looked as if Sean would not be signing, instead taking his
skill to USC. But the Padres gave in and signed him, including giving $2.1
million, to this 17 year old. After his pro debut in 1999, it looks like a
very wise investment.
Sean is a totally different person now, physically, from is little
league days. At 6"2" and about 200 pounds, this third baseman is right at
the top of the list with Nick Johnson (Yankees) as the 2 best pure hitters
in the minors, in my opinion.
His season playing for the Fort Wayne Wizards in the Midwest League got
off to a slow start with him hitting .244 on June 2nd. However as the
season wore on, Sean's numbers really increased over the summer, ending
with a batting title (.359) to go with 30 doubles, 17 steals,3
triples, 74 BB's, 59 K's, 5 home runs and 80 RBI. He hit .359, .426, and
.452 in June,July and August. The most amazing stat is that he reached
base in 54 games to end the season He earned a late seaosn promotion to
Rancho Cucamonga of the California League. In 23 at-bats there, he hit
.435 wih 1 HR, 5 RBI, and 3 doubles.
The only down side to his season was in the field where he committed 35
errors. I don't really feel alarmed by this number considering the
position he played as well as his age. These will drop down. He has the
strong arm to play 3rd in the majors. Also, the home run numbers
will increase with experience.
Sean Burroughs as made an impact wherever he as played and this will
continue, making him the likely future #3 hole hitter and a franchise-type
player in San Diego.