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Michael Burgess | Outfielder

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (25) / 10/20/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 200
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Cubs acquired OF Michael Burgress, LHP Graham Hicks and RHP A.J. Morris from the Nationals for LHP Tom Gorzelanny.
Burgess, 22, batted .265/.357/.465 with 18 home runs, 85 RBI and an .822 OPS over 529 plate appearances between High-A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg last season. The former 2007 supplemental first-round pick has good power and a strong arm in right field, but his plate discipline still needs some work. He has struck out over 100 times in each of the last three seasons. Burgess could still mature at the plate, but right now he projects as a left-handed bat off the bench in the big leagues. Wed, Jan 19, 2011 03:29:00 PM

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Micheal Burgess is among the prospects headed to the Cubs in Monday's Tom Gorzelanny trade.

The identities of the two other prospects are unknown. Burgess, 22, was a supplemental first round pick of the Nats back in 2007 and posted a .781 OPS with 18 home runs over 101 games for Single-A Potomac last season. He's a strong kid and may have a decent future if he improves his plate discipline. The trade is probably going to be finalized Tuesday afternoon.
Mon, Jan 17, 2011 03:19:00 PM

Michael Burgess snapped his early slump with a homer and a double for Single-A Potomac on Sunday.

Burgess, the Nationals' top outfield prospect, had been 4-for-39 with 12 strikeouts.
Mon, Apr 20, 2009 12:36:00 PM

Michael Burgess hit two more homers and drove in five runs Saturday for low Single-A Hagerstown.

It was just five days ago that Burgess' four homers had us writing about his impressive power for an 19-year-old in full-season ball. Now he's hit four more the last three days. Overall, he's batting .259/.344/.617 in 81 at-bats. It's not to soon to be thinking about him as one of the top power prospects in the low minors. There should be a bunch of teams kicking themselves for letting him slip to the Nationals with the 49th pick in last year's draft.
Sun, Apr 27, 2008 02:56:00 AM

Low Single-A Hagerstown's Michael Burgess went 2-for-3 and homered in a second straight game on Monday.

Burgess is hitting just .246 and he's struck out 21 times in 57 at-bats, but with four homers and a .509 slugging percentage, he's showing extremely impressive power for a 19-year-old in full-season ball. It's not too soon to start thinking of him as a fantasy prospect.
Tue, Apr 22, 2008 02:32:00 AM

Michael Burgess went 3-for-4 with a homer, a triple and four walks in a doubleheader for the Rookie GCL Nationals on Friday.

Burgess, the 49th overall pick in the 2007 draft, is batting .364/.451/.636 in 44 at-bats. He's already one of the Nationals' best prospects, and it looks like he'll be ready for full-season ball as a 19-year-old next season.
Sat, Jul 21, 2007 02:28:00 PM

Michael Burgess made his pro debut Sunday for the Rookie GCL Nationals and went 2-for-5.

Burgess, the 49th selection in the 2007 draft, received a $630,000 bonus to pick the Nationals over Arizona State. He's a fine addition to the stable of quality outfield prospects the Nationals possess. Of course, it should come as no surprise that a Jim Bowden team is stronger in outfield prospects than in anything else.
Mon, Jul 9, 2007 03:17:00 PM

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