Burriss adjusts: Maintaining a big-picture perspective is often healthy. But sometimes it's better to concentrate on the here and now, as shortstop Emmanuel Burriss learned last season.Burriss, considered a top prospect since being selected in the supplemental round (33rd overall) in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, stunned observers by batting .165 through 36 games with high Class A San Jose last year. Sent to low Class A Augusta, Burriss recovered by hitting .321 in 89 games and was named a postseason South Atlantic League All-Star. "The big difference for me was focusing on the task at hand," said Burriss, a non-roster invitee. "I was thinking about getting to the bigs, what other coaches were thinking about me, how the organization felt about me. I didn't really focus on the game. Nobody can succeed without doing that." The switch-hitting Burriss continued his progress in the Arizona Fall League, where he hit .365 with nine runs, six RBIs and eight stolen bases in 17 games for Scottsdale. He replaced Dan Ortmeier, who played only six games after fracturing the tip of his left middle finger. Burriss also demonstrated his versatility by playing second base. "I knew instantly it was a great opportunity," he said. "Anytime you get a chance to play with that caliber of players, I was ready. Nobody had to pump me up for the games or anything like that." Burriss, 23, has played exclusively shortstop this spring. But with shortstop Brian Bocock also rising through the system, a shift back to second could be possible. "Honestly, what the Giants want is what I'll do," Burriss said. "Once they make the decision, it's up to me to go out there and give them the results they want. As long as they put me on that big league field, I'll catch if they want me to." Injury update: Bengie Molina's strained left quadriceps muscle felt good enough to allow him to take batting practice off coaches, although he hasn't resumed catching.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.