RHP Aaron Burns Re-Ups Contract with Washington for 2018

November 17, 2017 - Frontier League (FL) - Washington Wild Things

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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."

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