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Billy Burns

Billy Burns 19 CF

Oakland Athletics

  • Status: Active
  • Full Name: William John Burns
  • Age: 25 (August 30, 1989)
  • Birthplace: Marietta, GA
  • Bats/Throws: S/R Ht: 5' 9" Wt: 180
  • Draft: Round 32 (2011, WSH)
  • MLB Debut: 07/28/2014
  • School: Mercer

Billy Burns Career Stats


Billy Burns Awards and Honors

Billy Burns  19 CF

  • Full Name: William John Burns
  • Born: August 30, 1989
  • Age: 25
  • Birthplace: Marietta, GA
  • Bats: S
  • Throws: R
  • Height: 5' 9"
  • Weight: 180
  • Draft: Round 32 (2011, WSH)
  • School: Mercer
  • MLB Debut: 07/28/2014

Originally selected by the Washington Nationals in the 32nd round of the 2011 draft ... Mercer University (Macon, Georgia)

Acquired by Oakland: Via trade with the Washington Nationals, December 11, 2013, in exchange for (former RockHounds pitcher) Jerry Blevins.

Career Notes

  • Entering the 2014 season, stolen base success rate stands at 88% (125-142)
  • Speed is rated an "80" on the 20-80 scouting scale


  • Selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 16th round of the June draft (out of Walton High School in Mercer, Georgia), but did not sign


  • Played three seasons (2009-11) at Mercer University ... hit .294 as a freshman before break out sophomore season in which he hit .381 with 30 stolen bases ... earned a spot on the Atlantic Sun Conference All-Tournament Team, leading the Bears to their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearence ... went 6-for-12 in NCAA Regionals, earning a spot on the All-Tournament Team ... in his junior season, hit .357 and led the A-Sun in runs (72) and steals (29) ... was name to the Capitol One Academic All-America Third Team (seleced by the College Sports Information Directors of America) ... in his three-year career with the Bears, stole 70 bases in 70 attempts


  • Signed with Washington July 19 and was assigned to Auburn Doubledays of the (Short-A) New York-Penn League


  • His .432 on-base percentage was second in the both (Single-A) South Atlantic League and among all Single-A hitters, and fourth in the full-season Minor Leagues ... finished third in SAL with .322 batter average ... ranked third among all Nationals farm hands in batting average and stolen bases (38) ... rated the Fastest Baserunner in the Nationals organization by Baseball America


  • Had a breakout season, the majority of the year with the Potomac Nationals of the (Advanced-A) Caroline League before earning an August 2 promotion to the Harrisburg Senators of the (Double-A) Eastern League ... named Washington's Minor League Player of the Year ... hit a combined .315 with 36 runs scored and 74 stolen bases ... the 74 steals ranked third in all Minor League Baseball, trailing only Micah Johnson (84) and Billy Hamilton (75) ... ranked sixth in the minors with a .425 on-base percentage ... named to the Caroline League Midseason and Postseason All-Star Team ... led the CL in stolen bases (54), OBP (.422) and triples (9) and finished second in the batting race (.312) ... led the league in plate appearances per strikeout (10.86) ... rated as having the Best Strike-Zone Discipline and being the Fastest Baserunner in the Washington Nationals organization by Baseball America ... commited just two errors in 119 games (a .922 field percentage)


  • Prior to his trade to Oakland, was rated the Nationals #12 prospect by Baseball America
  • Had an outstanding Spring Training with the A's, appearing in 26 games and hitting .306 (22-72) ... had a double, triple, three RBI and was 10-13 in steals

Family Ties

  • Billy's dad, Bob, was a running back for the New York Jets in 1974 (the QB of that team was Joe Namath)