Alex Burnett

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Alex James Burnett

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Alex Burnett pitched parts of four big league seasons, primarily with the Minnesota Twins.

Burnett was chosen by the Twins in the 12th round of the 2005 amateur draft, signed by John Leavitt and debuted with the GCL Twins, going 4-2 with a 4.10 ERA. In 2006, he went 4-3 with a 4.04 ERA for the Elizabethton Twins and whiffed 71 in 71 1/3 innings while walking only 13. Baseball America rated him the #15 prospect in the Appalachian League and Elizabethton had the league's best regular-season record. The right-hander continued to improve with the 2007 Beloit Snappers, going 9-8 with a 3.02 ERA (5th best in the MWL), helping the team to the Midwest League finals. In '08, the Californian was 8-6 with a 3.76 ERA for the Fort Myers Miracle. Moving to the bullpen, he was 2-1 with four saves and a 1.99 ERA for Fort Myers, allowing a .175 average and striking out 26 in 22 2/3 innings. He was called up to the New Britain Rock Cats, where he was 1-2 with nine saves and a 1.79 ERA over 40 games. He held opponents in AA to a .187 average, holding right-handers to a .150 average on the year and lefties to a .206 clip. Burnett had 3 saves and a 3.38 ERA for the Mesa Solar Sox that winter.

Alex made the 2010 Twins out of spring training, having never played in AAA. He debuted in a 10-1 rout of the Angels, relieving Jesse Crain in the 9th inning. He got Maicer Izturis and Mike Napoli on fly balls then set Robb Quinlan down on strikes for a fine debut. He pitched 41 games that first year, all in relief, putting up a 5.29 ERA and a 2-2 record. He also pitched in 14 games at AAA Rochester, going 0-2, 5.49. He made the Twins' staff out of spring training again in 2011, but struggled early, was sent down to Rochester, the came back to Minnesota after 4 games in AAA. He pitched 66 games for the Twins in his sophomore year, with a poor 5.51 ERA and a 2-5 record. The 2012 season would be his finest, with a 4-4, 3.52 record in 71 2/3 innings (67 games) and he was rewarded for his fine work by being waived on the eve of the 2013 season. He bounced between Toronto, Baltimore and the north side of Chicago, making his final 3 big league appearances to an 11.57 ERA. He played independently in 2014, finishing his career with a brief Mexican League stint in 2015.

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