speedster CF Billy Burns is being called up by a’s. has 51 stolen bases at Double-A Midland. switch hitter. 80 speed.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 28, 2014
While Billy Burns has not been hitting for a high average (.250) in Double-A Midland, he has stolen 51 bases this season, and has been caught only 5 times.
While Burns’ batting average is a little lower than one would hope, his OBP is pretty solid at .333. By comparison, Gentry has an OBP of .326 this season. Yes, there is a big difference between Double-A and the majors, but OBP gets inflated by being selective at the plate and drawing walks. This is a skill that Billy Burns seems to have.
If Billy Burns is able to get on base at a decent clip, he could be a very solid addition to the A’s for the duration of Gentry’s absence. The A’s have the power bats in the lineup to drive in a player that has a knack for getting on base. Burns’ speed will also help play mind games with the pitcher, and possibly allow the aforementioned power bats to get a “cookie” down the middle. If all goes well, Burns will not be a major drop-off from Gentry.