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Michael Burgess

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Michael Burgess
Name: Michael Lamar Burgess
Born: Oct 20, 1988 in Tampa, Fla. USA
High School: Hillsborough HS, Tampa
Ht.: 5'11" / Wt.: 195 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: L
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Drafted in the supplemental 1st round (49th overall) by the Washington Nationals in 2007 (signed for $630,000)
With huge raw power, inconsistent performance and the legacy of Hillsborough High (the alma mater of Gary Sheffield, Dwight Gooden and Elijah Dukes, among other big leaguers) as a backdrop, Burgess has become one of this draft's most debated prospects. He was a third-team All-American after batting .512 with 12 home runs as a junior, and the power translated with a wood bat last summer. Although his bat speed, strength and leveraged swing remain, Burgess' approach and set-up at the plate have puzzled scouts this spring, and he hasn't made consistent hard contact. He seems to lack focus, perhaps due in part to constant solicitation from hopeful advisers and receiving hitting lessons from former Georgia Tech star Ty Griffin and big leaguer Derek Bell. Late in the season, his timing was better and he showed glimpses of the 40-homer-hitting right fielder he could become. He's an average defender with a plus arm and below-average speed. Burgess could slip into the supplemental round, but the team that weighs his history over his senior year could pop him in the first round.
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