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Billy Burns Called Up to Oakland

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Billy Burns, the speedy outfielder acquired in the offseason from the Nationals in the trade that sent Jerry Blevins to Washington, is on his way to the big leagues.

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.

The addition of Burns comes with the news that Craig Gentry will land on the DL with a broken hand. Apparently he’s been hanging out with Drew Pomeranz.

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.

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