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Blue Jays sweep weekly AFL awards

Salt River teammates Burns, Hutchison excelled in week four
November 5, 2013

PHOENIX -- A pair of Toronto prospects and Salt River Rafters teammates -- infielder Andy Burns and RHP Drew Hutchison -- are the Arizona Fall League week four player and pitcher of the week, respectively.

Burns: The versatile Burns, an infielder by trade who is playing multiple positions in the Fall League, led the league with a .538 batting average last week with five RBIs, three runs, three doubles, four walks and two stolen bases.

A native of Fort Collins, Colo., the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Burns was drafted by Toronto in the 11th round (349th overall) in 2011 out of the University of Arizona.

In three Minor League seasons, Burns is a .272 hitter.

He split his 2013 campaign between Dunedin in the Class A Advanced Florida State League and New Hampshire of the Double-A Eastern League. In 64 games at Dunedin, Burns hit .327.

Hutchison: Last week, Hutchison was 1-0 in his only start, allowing only two hits and one walk with three strikeouts over five scoreless innings.

Through the Fall League season's first four weeks, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound Lakeland, Fla. native led the loop in WHIP (0.57), fewest base runners per nine innings (5.17) and all starters with a 0.57 ERA. He also ranked second in lowest walks per nine innings (1.15) and third in opponent batting average (.127).

Hutchison was a 15th-round (460th overall) Draft choice by Toronto in 2009. The four-year professional is 18-13 with a 2.80 ERA in the Minor Leagues.

He also has started 11 times for the parent Blue Jays in 2012, recording a 5-3 record and 4.60 ERA in the Major Leagues. However, he suffered an elbow injury during his time in Toronto that led to Tommy John surgery.

Other nominees: Others nominated for the week three awards were Peoria RHP Jason Adam (Royals), Mesa RHP Tommy Collier (Tigers), Salt River RHP Sam Gaviglio (Cardinals), Surprise OF Tyler Naquin (Indians), Scottsdale LHP Vidal Nuno (Yankees), Salt River OF James Ramsey (Cardinals), Glendale IF Marcus Semien (White Sox), Salt River OF Tim Wheeler (Rockies) and Salt River IF Jacob Wilson (Cardinals).