• Full name Connor Patrick Burns
  • Born 12/25/2001 in Upland, CA
  • Profile Ht.: 6'1" / Wt.: 185 / Bats: R / Throws: R
  • School Long Beach State
  • Drafted in the 5th round (141st overall) by the Cincinnati Reds in 2023 (signed for $448,600).
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    School: Long Beach State Source: 4YR

    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.6
    BA Grade:45/Extreme
    Tools:Hit: 30. Power: 45. Run: 40. Field: 60. Arm: 70.

    Burns earned loud praise for his defense behind the plate at Don Lugo (Chino, Calif.) High and only garnered more as Long Beach State’s starting catcher the last three years. He won the Big West Conference Defensive Player of the Year award in 2022 and 2023 and set himself apart as not only the best defensive catcher in the draft class, but one of the best defensive catchers to come through in years. Burns is a plus-plus defender behind the plate who has a chance to win Gold Gloves. He is an excellent athlete who moves well laterally, is an elite pitch-framer with superb hands, blocks tough pitches in the dirt and makes highlight-reel catches on popped up bunts. He shuts down run games with plus-plus arm strength and elite accuracy and has the ability to throw from odd angles and his knees with quickness and precision. Burns’ defense is unimpeachable, but he’s a well below-average hitter who struggles to make contact against premium velocity. He has average raw power and has shown the ability to drive the ball the other way, raising hope he can provide just enough impact to get meaningful playing time with his defense. Burns earns comparisons to elite defensive catchers with light bats like Martin Maldonado and Jacob Stallings. He projects to be drafted on the middle of the draft’s second day.

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  • C Connor Burns assigned to Daytona Tortugas from ACL Reds.
  • C Connor Burns assigned to Daytona Tortugas from ACL Reds.
  • ACL Reds drafted C Connor Burns.
  • Cincinnati Reds drafted C Connor Burns.

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