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Full Name: Christopher Allen Burke Primary Position: OF,LF,2B,CF
Height/Weight: 5' 11"/180 First Game: July 4, 2004
Birthdate: March 11, 1980 MLB Experience: 3 years
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky
Bat/Throw: Right/Right


Biography

Chris Burke (Christopher Allen Burke) was born on March 11, 1980 in Louisville, Kentucky. He made his Major League debut on July 4, 2004 for the Houston Astros. In 2005, his rookie year, he hit .248 with 5 home runs and 26 RBI. Burke played for the Houston Astros for his entire 3 year career.

Scouting Report

Hitting

Burke is a line drive gap hitter in the mold of Craig Biggio. He has decent home run power but most of his damage is done gap-to-gap. He has a good approach at the plate, content to wait for a pitch he can drive and rarely chasing a bad ball. He's aggressive in the strike zone which sometimes causes him to chase borderline strikes and weakly ground out or pop up.

Baserunning and Defense

Burke has the speed and baserunning instincts to develop into an annual 20-stolen base threat. He needs to work on reading pitchers, as all young players do, in order to get better jumps. His baserunning instincts are good, not great, but his speed can often bail him out of any mistakes he may make. He's aggressive on the bases, going for the extra base at nearly every opportunity.

Burke played shortstop in college but lacked the arm strength to play there in the pros, so he was moved to second base. He didn't lose his range, however, and projects to be an excellent defensive second baseman. He has soft hands and average arm strength, and his speed will help him on pop ups.

Overall

Burke figures to take over for Biggio at second base when he hangs up the spikes. Burke is built very similarly to Biggio and is projected to be the same type of player. Burke plays the game hard which should endear him to the Houston crowds the same way his predecessor did.

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
2004 HOU N 17 17 2 1 0 0 .059 .200 .059 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0
2005 HOU N 108 318 49 79 5 26 .248 .309 .368 19 2 23 62 6 9 11 0 7
2006 HOU N 123 366 58 101 9 40 .276 .347 .418 23 1 27 77 14 4 11 0 6
2007 HOU N 111 319 39 73 6 28 .229 .304 .357 19 2 27 52 8 8 9 1 10
2008 ARI N 86 165 20 32 2 12 .194 .310 .273 5 1 27 33 2 2 5 8 2
Total 445 1185 168 286 22 106 .241 .318 .363 66 6 107 227 30 23 36 9 25

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
2004 HOU N 2B 7 2 25.2 7 15 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2005 HOU N OF 84 75 647 121 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .992
2005 HOU N CF 6 1 13 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2005 HOU N LF 83 74 634 120 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .992
2005 HOU N 2B 18 7 80.1 15 24 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2006 HOU N CF 38 36 284.1 72 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .987
2006 HOU N RF 7 3 31.2 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2006 HOU N 2B 69 32 345.2 68 117 5 26 0 0 0 0 0 .974
2006 HOU N LF 19 13 119 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2006 HOU N OF 61 52 435 96 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .990
2006 HOU N SS 8 3 31.2 2 8 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .909
2007 HOU N 2B 58 31 311 56 103 3 17 0 0 0 0 0 .981
2007 HOU N OF 47 39 349 81 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .977
2007 HOU N CF 26 23 201 50 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .981
2007 HOU N RF 20 15 132 26 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .964
2007 HOU N SS 7 1 24 3 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2007 HOU N LF 3 1 16 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2008 ARI N OF 26 20 179 52 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2008 ARI N LF 18 13 116.1 43 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2008 ARI N 2B 18 9 92 21 34 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2008 ARI N RF 9 7 62.2 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2008 ARI N 1B 9 6 63 67 4 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2008 ARI N 3B 4 2 20 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2008 ARI N SS 2 2 13.2 2 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .857
2008 ARI N DH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Total LF 123 101 885.1 182 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .995
Total SS 17 6 69.1 7 21 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 .933
Total 2B 170 81 854.2 167 293 8 58 0 0 0 0 0 .983
Total OF 218 186 1610 350 9 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 .989
Total CF 70 60 498.1 123 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .984
Total RF 36 25 226.1 45 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .979
Total DH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Total 3B 4 2 20 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000

Transactions

  • Selected by Houston Astros in the 1st round (10th pick overall) of the free-agent draft (June 5, 2001 - signed June 22, 2001).

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