Michael Burgess, Cole Kimball in Rising Stars Game
Outfielder Michael Burgerss and reliever Cole Kimball -- and not uber-prospect Bryce Harper -- will represent the Nationals in the Arizona Fall League Rising Stars Game this Saturday,
a showcase that in 2009 featured 28 players who played in the major leagues in 2010.. Class AA Harrisburg/Scottsdale Manager Randy Knorr will manage the team.
Burgess, 22, played most of last season with Class A Potomac before a promotion to Harrisburg. In 11 games in the Arizona Fall League, Burgess is 10 for 41 (.244) with three walks, two doubles and a triple. Burgess has 14 strikeouts, a symptom of a swing some scouts believe must be made more compact. He has played impressive defense, mostly as a right fielder. Last year, Burgess hit .265/.357/.465 (average/on-base/slugging) with 18 homers in 529 at-bats.
Kimball, a 25-year-old right-hander, has stood out thanks a high-90s fastball. Kimball has allowed one run in seven innings on five hits and one walk with seven strikeouts. This season, Kimball struck out 117 batters in 78 2/3 innings for Potomac and Harrisburg. He could compete for a bullpen spot with the Nationals this season.
The game begins at 9 p.m. East Coast time and will be aired live on MLB Network.
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