Thursday, May 19, 2011
Blast From the Past: Sean Burroughs
I came across a startling headline today while surfing the net " Sean Burroughs called up by Diamondbacks". Sean Burroughs? The Sean Burroughs who was drafted 9th overall in the 1998 draft by the San Diego Padres. The same Sean Burroughs who disappeared back in 2007? The same Sean Burroughs who last appeared in the majors in 2005? Yes, yes and yes. I couldn't believe it. Back in the early 2000's Burroughs was a MAJOR prospect who everyone felt would develop power to go along with a high average. It never happened and Burroughs gave up the game in 2007.
I did a little research to discover that Burroughs moved to Vegas with his girlfriend after baseball and spent his time in the Casinos and on the golf course. The constant talk of not hitting for power got to Burroughs head and in his last few years he tried to swing the bat harder hoping it would produce more power. It didn't and it just led to more strikeouts and low batting average. Much less then he was capable of.
Through support of friends and family Burroughs is now back in the major leagues after being called up by Arizona. He was signed after a November workout when scouts mentioned how he looked like the Burroughs of 10 years ago. The guy who hit singles and doubles to the tune of a .300+ batting average.