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Jake Burger

Chicago White Sox Chicago White Sox
Jake Burger
Name: Jacob Michael Burger
Born: Apr 10, 1996 in Chesterfield, MO
High School: Christian Brothers HS, St. Louis
College: Missouri State
Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 210 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 1st round (11th overall) by the Chicago White Sox in 2017 (signed for $3,700,000)
Much like Wake Forest third baseman Will Craig in 2016, Burger is the bad-bodied but big hitting third baseman whose track record of excellent offensive production will be hard for teams to ignore if they are looking for the safety of picking a college hitter. Burger's power is some of the best in this draft class. He's a fastball hitter with above-average bat speed who can catch up to premium velocity, but he's also aware enough of the strike zone and has the pitch recognition to lay off tough off-speed offerings to put himself in fastball counts. Much like Todd Frazier, his swing includes an arm bar, but he's been strong enough to make it work. In pro ball, his swing means he'll likely sacrifice batting average for power. As of mid-May, he had 19 home runs, meaning he's likely to reach 20 home runs for the second straight season and he does it while hitting for average (.344 career batting average) and while walking more than he's struck out this season. Whether Burger can stick at third base will depend on how much work the team that drafts him is willing to do. His feet work relatively well and his arm is average and accurate, but he lacks a quick first step and is limited in his range.
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