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Burriss Sent Down ... For Now

The Emmanuel Burriss experiment in San Francisco is over ... for now. With the rookie second baseman -- a product of D.C.'s Wilson High -- struggling to hit with a greater average than some of the team's pitchers, San Francisco optioned Burriss back to AAA Fresno, where he's being told to work on the kind of skills he'll need to be better at as a lead off hitter, i.e.: bunting, hitting to all fields, etc.

San Francisco Manager Bruce Bochy called the demotion a, "little hiccup," in Burriss's career, though one always wonders about a young player's return when he's gifted a starting job in spring training and then is sent back down to the minor leagues before the All-Star break. Remember Tigers first baseman Chris Shelton? Anybody seen him in a major league uniform lately (here's a hint: you haven't).

That being said, there is some reason for optimism that Burriss will indeed be back. For one, the Giants don't want to have to deal with the PR mess of burning out another top prospect by promoting him too early. For another, the speedy rookie actually showed signs of turning it around in a streak in late April and early May, reaching above .277 at one point and racking up hits with such frequency that Bochy promoted him to the No. 2 hole in the Giants' anemic lineup.

Yet all optimism aside, this has to be a troubling move for Burriss and all the people who want to see him succeed, a group which includes both Giants fans and just about everyone in D.C. He's too important a figure in the re-development of baseball in the District to fail without a longer shot, so all anyone can do is hope that he gets another go-round at AT&T Park ... or somewhere else in the major leagues soon.

By Cameron Smith  |  June 17, 2009; 12:10 PM ET
Categories:  Giants  | Tags: AAA, Emmanuel Burriss, Giants  
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Lets trade Nick Johnson and Ronnie Belliard for Burris and a pitching prospect of little renown.

Posted by: GoNatsTerps | June 17, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

I honestly wouldn't worry too much about the future of Burriss. He needs this time in order to become a major leaguer.

This year he should have been playing in AA. If you take away the freak injury to Omar last year and the ineptitude of having no one above high A to play SS in the entire Giants system Burriss wouldn't have been forced into the majors and he would be slowly moving up...Also he probably should have started the year in AAA, but that's a whole different story.

Whether or not Burriss can ever be a productive major league is another story. He'll need to hit .300 in order for him to even be a replacement level hitter and currently (notwithstanding the "WEB GEMS!!") his defense has not lived up to the hype.

Shelton btw is an awful example. Burriss will stick in the majors or at least always be on the radar because of his defense (if the scouting ever matches the stats), Shelton on the other hand made Mo Vaughn look like JT Snow.

Posted by: noahthek | June 17, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

>one always wonders about a young player's return when he's gifted a starting job in spring training and then is sent back down to the minor leagues before the All-Star break.

Been worried about Lastings Milledge, have you? You may be the only one!

Posted by: section417 | June 17, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Would be great to see him in a DC uni one day.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 17, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Another Nook Logan so far.....faster than the wind.....but you can't steal 1st base.............and if you remember....the NOTS RHP staff shut him down for the entire series out there.........EB could not hit from the Right side......NOT a GOOD SIGN....

Posted by: FletcherChristian1 | June 17, 2009 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Correction....Burriss Could NOT hit from the Left side .......

Like Nook.......he really needs to bat 1 way all the time.....and thus concentrate on the Right side full time.......

Posted by: FletcherChristian1 | June 17, 2009 11:57 PM | Report abuse

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