Most Mets fans probably don't know who Brad Burns is, but that will change if he keeps on pitching as he has for the Kingsport Mets. On Friday night, in an away game against the Princeton Devil Rays, a game the Mets won 2-1, Burns pitched five innings of four-hit ball.
This Princeton, by the way, is not in New Jersey. It's in West Virginia.
In the seven games in which he's pitched in his first season of pro ball, righty Burns gave up two runs once, one run twice, and no runs four times. His ERA now stands at 1.71, the fourth lowest in the Appalachian League.
He's been particularly effective in home games and against lefties. His ERA in both situations is 0.00, which is also what his ERA is when the bases are empty. Thus he hasn't given up any solo shots. In fact, he hasn't given up a homerun.
The Mets selected Burns in the 26th round of the 2007 MLB Draft out of the University of Oklahoma. This was the second time they selected him. In the 2004 MLB Draft, the Mets selected him in the 37th Round.
In 2007 Burns was one of five Sooners drafted; he was the third highest one.
After a decent first season at Oklahoma, Burns didn't have an outstanding second season, pitching in only seven games in which he gave up nine runs in 9.2 innings for an 8.38 ERA. In his first season he had a 2-1 record with a 4.50 ERA in 16 games.
However, the Mets must have seen enough during Burns two seasons at Oklahoma to be willing to draft him again.