25-year-old Billy Burns has had a quietly AmAzing year for the Oakland A’s in 2015. Yet I think he isn’t getting the National attention he deserves and All-Star catcher Stephen Vogt agrees with my assessment (you may have read about my take on Burns in (many but specifically two) recent posts on Burns: Part 1: Are you missing out on the Billy Burns show in Oakland? and Part 2: The Billy Burns show just keeps getting better )
“He’s the Rookie of the Year so far this year. He’s not getting the recognition that he should be nationally. (But) he’s been probably our most consistent player all year and is doing it as a rookie, Vogt told reporters after Saturday’s win over the Minnesota Twins.
Burns is first among all AL rookies in several statistical categories. He leads all qualified (meaning he’s played in at least 50 games in the Majors this season) Major League Baseball rookies in batting average at .302. Even the great Carlos Correa, who is not qualified at this time, is hitting just .290. Burns also leads all MLB rookies in stolen bases (19), hits (86) and multi-hit games (26).
Amongst American League rookies, Burns leads the way in WAR (1.5), on-base percentage (.338) and on-base-plus-slugging percentage (.734). He’s tied for first place in triples (5) with Kansas City outfielder Paulo Orlando and Delino DeShields of the Texas Rangers.
For more stats on Burns and his competition for the 2015 AL Rookie of the Year Award check out my post on FanRag Sports’ Today’s Knuckleball using the link below:
But before you check out my post, check out this video of Burns stealing third, with nobody out, in the bottom of the 10th inning Saturday. Moments later Vogt singled Burns in for the walk-off win!
Here’s the link once again (pretty killer play though, right?!):