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10/10/1976 (40 y, 5 m, 19 d)
1998 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 1, Overall: 1, Team: Philadelphia Phillies
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Burrell (foot) will start the Giants' regular season finale in left field, the San Jose Mercury News reports. (9/28/2011)
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Year in Review:
Burrell's OPS dropped almost 200 points from 2008 to 2009, and the reasons seem myriad. One reason that could easily change next year was poor luck on the batted ball (.276 BABIP in 2009, .302 career), but it was also the second straight year he posted a low BABIP. Pitchers seemed to have a different book on him in the new league, as they threw him strikes on the first pitch more often (62.7% in 2009, 56.3% career), which may have caused him to press and reach at a career-high rate (22.7%). All of that said, his contact rates were still above-average and his ground-ball and fly-ball rates were the same as they've ever been. It's just the ISO and the HR/FB rates that took a major hit. Since he's basically the same player, the question is simply – will the power return?
The Year Ahead:
Though he's an older player (33) sporting “old people” skills (he walks a lot, doesn't make great contact, doesn't feature much speed, and has good power), it's hard to imagine that Burrell would decline this quickly. The Rays have so far avoided picking up a replacement designated hitter, despite some rumors linking them to several players over the winter. Perhaps they agree with most of the projection systems that have Burrell regaining much of his power and providing the Rays with a lot of walks and some home runs, but little else. Even with a bounceback in his luck on the batted ball, Burrell's batting average will be low enough to render him useless in most leagues. In deep leagues that use OBP instead of AVG, though, he's a mild sleeper. (Eno Sarris)
Pat Burrell bounced back from a terrible 2009 stint with the Rays, showing similar power and OBP numbers to his previous years with the Phillies. Now with the 2010 World Champion San Francisco Giants, Burrell hit .266/.364/.509 with the team last season. He still managed to hit 20 HRs and 64 RBIs in less than 400 at-bats, but because the 34-year-old is such a defensive liability in left field, he doesn’t project to get more than 500 plate appearances if he’s with the Giants all season. With the crowded outfield and with more capable fielders in Andres Torres and Nate Schierholtz, don’t be surprised if Burrell is platooned or pushed out of a starter’s role. As badly as the Giants’ lineup needs power, it’s hard to justify playing Burrell everyday if management doesn’t believe he’ll hit 30 HRs again. Keep an eye out for Manager Bruce Bochy’s picks for Giants in the outfield, and if it looks like Burrell will get at-bats every day, he can bring much needed power to your fantasy team for cheap. (Albert Lyu)
The Quick Opinion:
Burrell bounced back from a terrible 2009 stint with the Rays, hitting .266/.364/.509 with 20 HRs for the Giants. However, as a defensive liability in a crowded outfield, he may get platooned or pushed out of the lineup if his power numbers aren't there.
Burrell has a degenerative condition in his right foot that cannot be corrected by surgery. All indications are that he will retire this offseason. It’s too bad, because Burrell still has power -- he hit seven home runs in 219 plate appearances in 2011. (Wendy Thurm)
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