Now that we have concluded our countdown of the Oakland A's 2014 top-50 prospects, we are releasing…
Oakland A's Prospect Profile: Billy Burns
Name: Billy Burns DOB: 08/30/1989 POS: OF H/W: 5'9''/ 180 B/T: B/R Overview For much of the 2000s, the Oakland A's had little team speed to speak of. The fastest player on the A's for much of the early part of that decade was an appropriately named outfielder: Eric Byrnes. Over the past several years, the A's have added a significant amount of speed not only to their major league roster, but also to their minor league system. The more things change, however, the more they stay the same. While the spelling might be different, the fastest man in the A's organization may once again be named Burns. Acquired by the A's during the Winter Meetings in early December, Billy Burns stole a remarkable 74 bases in just 81 chances for the Washington Nationals' High-A and Double-A affiliates in 2013. In just 266 career minor league games, Burns has 125 stolen bases. He has been caught just 17 times. The native of Marietta, Georgia, was selected by the Nationals in the 32nd round of the 2011 draft...
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