25-year-old centerfielder Billy Burns was first drafted out of Walton High School in Marietta, GA by the Atlanta Braves in the 16th round of the 2008 amatuer draft.
Opting to attend Mercer University in Macon, GA before pursuing his Major League Baseball career, he was drafted again in the 32nd round of the 2011 draft by the Washington Nationals.
Burns spent 2011 and 2012 playing in the New York Pennsylvania League and the South Atlantic League. He started the 2013 season with the High Class-A Potomac Nationals and was promoted to the Double-A Harrisburg Senators.
In early December 2013, Burns was traded straight up to the Oakland Athletics for the very talented big league reliever, Jerry Blevins.
Burns is about as fast on the basepaths as they come. He stole a total of 74 bases in 121 games between the Nationals and Senators, hitting .315 on the year with nine triples, 12 doubles and 37 RBI. He was named the Nationals Minor League Player of the Year that season.
I had the priveledge of speaking to Burns about what it was like being traded, especially at such an early point in his career.
To find out what Burns had to say about being traded to the Athletics and more about how his career has gone since, you can read my full post via the link below on Baseball Hot Corner.