Wilmington, DE - With the announcement of the Carolina League's Year End Awards list on Wednesday, Wilmington Blue Rocks infielder D.J. Burt was named a Post-Season Carolina League All-Star after his strong second season with Wilmington. Burt becomes the first Blue Rock since 2014 to be recognized as a Carolina League Postseason All-Star and it marks the first time in his career that he was named both a Mid-Season and Postseason All-Star.
The second-year Blue Rock turned in a tremendous 2018 campaign after hitting .227 with 29 RBI with a .347 on-base percentage in 103 games a season ago with the Blue Crew. Throughout the 2018 season, Burt was a catalyst at the top of the order in the Blue Rocks lineup and also provided versatility defensively and played multiple positions on the field including second base, shortstop, third base and left field. The 22-year-old from Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina was named a Mid-Season Carolina League All-Star after he hit .290 with six doubles, three triples, 19 RBI, 18 stolen bases and had a .385 on-base percentage.
The fourth round pick in 2014 by the Kansas City Royals kept that trend going in the second half of the campaign and hit to the tune of .274 with eight doubles, four triples and three home runs to go along with 30 RBI, 14 stolen bases and posted a .353 on-base percentage. Overall, Burt hit .280 with 14 doubles, seven triples, three home runs and drove in 46 runs in 111 games. He also had a .367 on-base percentage.
Burt was ranked amongst the league leaders in multiple offensive categories and paced the Carolina League in stolen bases (32), ranked fifth in on-base percentage (.367) and tied for eighth in the circuit in batting average (.280). He also led the Blue Rocks in triples (7), on-base percentage, tied for second on the team in hits (115), second in walks (59) and runs scored (72).
On top of his on-field accolades, Burt was also tabbed as the Best Base Runner in the Carolina League according to Baseball America and finished the season ranked as the 28th-best prospect in the Royals' system per MLBPipeline.com after starting the season outside the Top 30.
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