Cory Burns

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Cory Burns made 27 big league appearances over parts of two seasons.

Burns was All-State at Mountain Ridge High School in Glendale, AZ, going 10-1 with a 1.10 ERA and 120 strikeouts while throwing the school's first no-hitter. He was 0-2, 6.75 as a freshman at Arizona in 2006 and improved to 3-1, 3.62 with two saves as a sophomore. His junior year, Cory was 3-0 with a 4.98 ERA. As a senior, he was 2-0 with a save, a 3.80 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 47 1/3 innings. The Cleveland Indians and scout Byron Ewing took him in the 8th round of the 2009 amateur draft.

Cory made his pro debut with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers and went 3-2 with 11 saves, a 1.93 ERA (third best in the NYPL, 37 strikeouts and only 6 walks in 32 2/3 innings. Opponents hit only .157 against him and his WHIP was a mere 0.74. In 2010, he was strong for the Lake County Captains (12 saves, 2.30, 25 strikeouts in 15 2/3 innings) before being promoted to the Kinston Indians, where he continued to dazzle (1-2, 30 saves, 1.83, 56 strikeouts in 39 1/3 innings after 48 games). Despite not starting the year in the league, he led the Carolina League in saves, 13 more than runner-up Donnie Joseph. His 30th came on September 5th in dramatic fashion: he teamed with Marty Popham and Chris Jones on a 10-inning no-hit shutout against the Potomac Nationals. In 2011, he did well for the Akron Aeros, going 2-5 with an Eastern League best 35 saves, a 2.11 ERA, 70 strikeouts in 59 2/3 innings and a WHIP just over one.

On December 16, 2011, he was dealt to the San Diego Padres for outfielder Aaron Cunningham. He started 2012 with the Tucson Padres and went 1-2 with 3 saves and a 2.63 ERA in 53 games, striking out 77 and walking 16 in 65 innings while allowing a .193 average. He was called up when Kip Wells was DFAed and made his major league debut on August 4, 2012, relieving Brad Boxberger in the top of the 5th with a 4-1 deficit against the Mets. He walked David Wright, retired Ike Davis on a grounder, then allowed a single to Daniel Murphy and a walk to Mike Baxter to load the bases. He escaped the jam by fanning Andres Torres and getting Josh Thole to line out to deep center. The next inning, he fanned Jeremy Hefner, gave a Ruben Tejada single, then retired Jordany Valdespin. After an intentional walk to Wright, he was replaced by Alex Hinshaw, having given up no runs but five baserunners in 1 2/3 innings in his debut. He was adequate in his trial run, going 0-1, 5.50 in 17 games (18 innings). The Texas Rangers snagged him in an offseason deal and he was decent in 10 games, pitching to a 3.18 ERA in 11 1/3 innings. But it was not decent enough to stick around. He bounced around several teams minor league chains, last spotted in the New York Mets system in 2017.


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