November 17, 2017 - Frontier League (FL) - Washington Wild Things
WASHINGTON, Pa. - For the seventh time this offseason, the Wild Things have announced the re-signing of a pitcher from the 2017 staff to the 2018 club, as today the team announced the extension of right-handed pitcher Aaron Burns.¬†
Burns played his first season of professional baseball with the Wild Things in 2017, and pitched his way to a 4.33 earned run average, bouncing between a long-relief role and starting for Washington. The 24-year old was 4-3 with a save in 19 appearances (10 starts), and accumulated 70.2 innings of work, a total good for the fourth-highest innings on the staff. He struck out 56 batters.
The Irving, Texas, native came to Washington off the heels of a solid career at Temple College (2014) and the University of Texas-San Antonio (2015-2016), where he posted a career 3.75 ERA in 228 collegiate innings with 119 strikeouts to 64 walks. He appeared in 45 games at the collegiate level, starting 38, and held a lifetime record of 18-12.
"Burns is one of our labeled X-Factors in 2018. He has so much potential and upside;¬†we challenged him to take a significant step forward with his career," said general manager Steven Zavacky.¬†"We embrace his goal of reaching the big leagues and look forward to see how he builds his consistency with our catching duo. Burns is a very self-critical, quiet competitor. His progression as a professional will have a meaningful impact on the quality depth in our rotation."
Burns joins fellow pitching staff members Chase Cunningham, Frank Trimarco, Jake Eaton, Davis Adkins, Trevor Bradley and Zach Strecker in re-signing with the team. Catcher Kyle Pollock has also re-signed with the Wild Things. They won't be the only ones, as more will re-sign in the coming weeks, but it's a core Burns said he is excite to rejoin the team.
"I'm excited to come back and make another playoff run and improve from 2017," said Burns. "2017 was a good experience. I enjoyed the atmosphere of the fans and the facilities were great. I really liked the team too."
Personally, Burns expects to take on a bigger role, and perhaps for his role to change from being a two-trick pony in the bullpen and rotation, to being solely a starter.
"My personal expectations are to take on a bigger role and have a bigger impact on the team being a starter," said Burns. "As a team, I would really like to see us win our division and win more than 60 games."