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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.

By Adam Kilgore  | November 2, 2010; 3:47 PM ET
 
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Comments

Let's move Randy Knorr up the ladder too.

Posted by: markfromark | November 3, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

@markfromark: I tend to disagree. Knoor might be most effective at the AA level as a Manager; He can have a positive effect on all the prospects coming up through Harrisburg, and show his skillset to other orginizations as well. The only place where he might have a greater effect on the Nationals' orginization is as the pitching coach in DC.

Posted by: BinM | November 3, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

More on-topic, I'm struggling with two things - 1) Burgess being named to the AFL futures game, and 2) Norris being left off the roster. At roughly the time the teams were named, here were their comparative stats...

Burgess (OF)-
10GP, 37AB, .270/.317/.370[BA/OBP/SLG], 3BB, 13K, 1SB.
- over -
Norris (CA)-
9GP, 26AB, .308/.486/.808[BA/OBP/SLG], 9BB, 7K, 2SB.

How that decision was made is beyond my comprehension; Add into that that Randy Knoor is the MGR for the team, and I'm completely gobsmacked.

Posted by: BinM | November 3, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

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