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8  Andy Burns
Andy Burns

Class:
Sophomore

Hometown:
Fort Collins, Colo.

High School:
Rocky Mountain

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 190

Position:
IF

B/T:
R/R


  • 25th round draft pick in 2008 (Rockies)
  • Ninth-best prospect in the Northwoods League by Baseball America (2008)
  • SEC Academic Honor Roll (2009)
  • SEC Freshman of the Week (5/11/09)

Outlook
Dynamic infielder looks to solidify a starting job at third base after registering 45 starts as a true freshman ... One of the top prospects in the nation and an Aflac All-American, Burns is considered one of the more talented position players UK has ever recruited ... Part of UK's banner 2009 freshman class that included five high school All-Americans, which ranked fourth-best in the NCAA ... Will be counted on as a middle-of-the-order run producer ... Will look to improve defense after first career action at the hot corner in 2009 ... Has the ability to drive the ball from foul pole to foul pole ... Moved with great success to the No. 2 spot in the order halfway through the 2009 season ... Was rated as the 10th-best freshman in the SEC and the 29th-best freshman in the NCAA entering the 2009 season by Baseball America.

Summer
For the second straight summer, played for the Duluth Huskies in the Northwoods League ... As a 17-year old last year, was named the ninth-best prospect in the Northwoods League by Baseball America ... Hit .245 (53-for-216) in 60 games this summer, totaling 11 doubles, one triple, three homers and 25 RBI ... Drew 25 walks ... Also pitched for the first time since prep career, hurling one inning with three hits allowed ... Stole 10-of-15 bases during the summer.

2009
Had an excellent freshman season, finishing strong during UK's push for the postseason after getting off to a slow start ... Played in 50 games with 45 starts, batting .287 (51-for-178) with nine doubles, one triple, seven homers and 33 RBI ... After injuries struck senior third sacker Chris McClendon during the first weekend of the year, Burns was pressed into service, primarily manning third base for the remainder of the year ... Hit better in SEC play then in non-conference action, batting .304 (31-for-102) with five doubles, five homers and 17 RBI ... Hit .263 (20-for-76) in non-league games, charting four doubles, one triple and two homers ... Hit .290 (29-for-100), with five homers and 22 RBI in games played at Cliff Hagan Stadium ... Hit .282 (20-for-71) on the road, with two homers and 10 RBI ... Led the team with 13 errors, while playing third base every day for the first time in his career ... Turned nine double plays, totaling 26 putouts and 55 assists ... Better in day games, batting .326 (31-for-95) in 29 day contests with six homers, compared to a .241 (20-for-83) average in night games ... Got off to a slow start, hitting .262 (16-for-61) with two homers in the first 20 games of the year, before rebounding to bat .321 (26-for-81) with five doubles and three homers in the final 20 games of the year ... Batted .305 (29-for-95) with runners on base and reached base safely in 17-of-36 chances as the leadoff hitter ... Had 11 two-out RBI ... In 23 games as the No. 2 hitter, batted .309 (29-for-94) with six doubles, four homers and 15 RBI ... Had 13 multi-hit games and eight multi-RBI games, running up a nine game hitting streak during the year, finishing 2009 riding a three-game streak ... Had four three-hit games, including a 3-for-4, six runs scored game at Mississippi State, the most runs scored by a player in the SEC in 2009 ... Had a 2-for-5, four RBI game in the home opener against Western Michigan, belting his first career homer ... Went 3-for-3 against Indiana State with a triple and three RBI ... Batted 3-for-4 with three runs scored, three RBI and a homer against Georgetown College ... In the final game of the year, with UK needing to win to make the post-season at Florida, Burns responded with four RBI and two hits, doubling and hitting a homer ... Biggest moment of the season came as a pinch hitter in the second game of the series against South Carolina, after UK lost the first game 20-19, came off the bench for his first at bat of the series and ripped the first pitch from SC closer Alex Farotto over the right-field fence, just sneaking over the wall for a walk-off homer over the glove of Gamecocks athletic right-fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr., who just missed robbing the ball ... During the 2008 summer, as one of the few 17-year old high school seniors playing in a collegiate summer league, Burns held his own, earning the Baseball America distinction as the ninth-best prospect in the highly competitive Northwoods League ... Batted .225 (46-for-204) with six doubles, two homers, 19 RBI and 13-for-19 stolen bases.

High School
Aflac All-American, two-time Colorado Player of the Year, Louisville-Slugger All-American and Gatorade Colorado Player of the Year ... Rated as the No. 38 prospect in high school by Baseball America as a senior ... First-team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association ... Named the Colorado State Tournament MVP in both his junior and senior seasons, while leading team to the state championships ... Participated in the Perfect Game National Showcase, as well as the 2007 Area Code Games, as a member of the Cincinnati Reds team ... As a senior, hit .488 with 39 hits, 45 runs, eight doubles, 10 homers and 34 RBI ...Three-year letterwinner for coach Scott Bullock at Rocky Mountain High School ... In 2007, Burns was named MVP of the Colorado 5A tournament after leading Scott Bullock's Rocky Mountain High School team to the State Championship ... Burns batted .546 as a junior, setting school records for runs (45), hits
(39), RBI (43), walks (34) and home runs (13) ... Burns finished his junior year with a staggering 1.181 slugging percentage and an equally impressive .649 on-base percentage ... During sophomore season, batted .500 with 30 runs scored, seven doubles, eight homers and 27 RBI ... Played football for three seasons and as a sophomore in 2006 he was named first team All-State and the team MVP ... Named Rocky Mountain High School Senior of the Year in 2008 ... A three-year Honor Roll Student and two-year academic all-state, Burns finished with a 3.92 GPA.

Personal
Full name is Andrew David Burns ... Son of Pat and Kim Burns ... Has one sister, Emily (14) ... Born in Clemson, S.C., Burns lived in Lexington, Ky., for four years before moving to Fort Collins when he was eight ... Father got his post-graduate degree at Kentucky ... At the age of eight, Burns went to the MLB All-Star Game in Boston and competed in the MLB diamond skills championship and won the 7-8 year old level in 1999.

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