- Full name Charcer Lanart Burks
- Born 03/09/1995 in Houston, TX
- Profile Ht.: 6'0" / Wt.: 170 / Bats: R / Throws: R
- School Travis
Drafted in the 9th round (258th overall) by the Chicago Cubs in 2013 (signed for $170,000).
View Draft ReportBurks pushed himself into the top 10 rounds with a terrific workout the week before the draft. He ran a 6.5-second 60-yard dash and held his own with a wood bat against quality fastballs from Trey Masek (Texas Tech) and David Gates (Howard, Texas, JC). A 5-foot-11, 180-pound righthanded hitter, Burks has some strength in his hands and barrels the ball, though he lacks bat speed and power. His below-average arm will necessitate a move from shortstop to center field in pro ball. He has committed to McLennan (Texas) CC.
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Not all players develop at the same speed, and Burks has needed time to come around. But come around he did in 2017, when he turned 22 and reached Double-A for the first time. He has been a regular for three straight seasons in the minors but profiles as a fourth outfielder in the big leagues. A plus-plus runner when he signed, Burks has matured physically and slowed down as a pro, with above-average speed still being his best tool. He's fast enough to play center field and a better fit on the outfield corners, with a fringe-average arm. Burks' offensive approach has evolved; he works counts and grinds through at-bats well, making himself a tougher out, and he set the table well as a leadoff hitter for Double-A Tennessee. His natural power stroke is often to right-center field and he's shown fringy power to this point, playing more to the gaps. To be a regular, Burks will have to hit for more power, keep hitting and keep drawing walks.