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IPI Inbox: Who is this Burns guy?

IPI Inbox: Who is this Burns guy?
May 5, 2011
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Cory Burns (Photo: Lianna Holub)
? My Minor Happenings column this week will be delayed until tomorrow (Friday) or Saturday.  In the mean time I have selected a few recent questions received via e-mail or on my Twitter page (@TonyIPI) and answered them below.  If you have a question on anything pertaining to the Cleveland Indians from the minors to the big leagues, feel free to contact me.  I also pull from questions in the comments sections in articles, and also from Twitter, so you can post your question there as well.

To the IPI Inbox we go.....

Gerry wrote: Cory Burns has "off the chart" minor league numbers. Most impressive are the low walks for a high strikeout pitcher. Can you tell us more about him? How hard does he throw? What is his array of pitches?

Me: Double-A Akron right-handed reliever Cory Burns is an interesting prospect.  After finishing second in all the minors last year with 42 saves in combined time at Low-A Lake County and High-Kinston last year (1.96 ERA, 2.3 BB/9, 13.3 K/9), he is once again shutting the door on opponents and closing out Akron wins this year.  In 10 appearances for Akron he is 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA and 8 saves, and has some impressive peripheral numbers with just 1 walk allowed and 20 strikeouts in 9.0 innings of work.

When people see a strikeout rate like Burns

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