Billy Burns

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  • CF
  • B/T: S/R
  • 5' 9"/170
  • Age: 26


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Billy Burns Stats

.294 5 42 26 .726

Billy Burns MLB Career Stats

.293 5 42 29 .722

Billy Burns Bio

  • Full Name: William John Burns
  • Born: 8/30/1989 in Atlanta, GA
  • Draft: 2011, Washington Nationals, 32nd rd. (967th overall)
  • College: Mercer
  • Debut: July 28, 2014
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2015 Stats 520 70 153 5 42 26 .294 .334 .726
MLB Career Stats 526 74 154 5 42 29 .293 .332 .722

Billy Burns Statcast Averages

Year Team LG PA HIP Avg Launch Speed (mph) Avg Distance (feet) Avg Gen Velocity (mph) Avg Launch Angle (deg) Avg Height (feet)
2015 Athletics AL 555 346 83.94 180.08 -3.51 4.85 23.34
MLB Avg - - - - 89.28 210.08 0.43 8.96 33.38


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October 7, 2015 at 6:37 AM ET

Burns swipes 26 bases in rookie season

A's outfielder Billy Burns finished the 2015 regular season with a .294 average, five home runs, 42 RBIs, 70 runs scored and 26 stolen bases.

September 26, 2015 at 1:11 AM ET

Burns doubles, belts two-run homer

A's outfielder Billy Burns went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and a double on Friday vs. the Giants.


Billy Burns Awards Organization All-Star

Year Team League
2013 Washington NL

CAR Mid-Season All-Star

Year Team League
2013 Potomac CAR

CAR Post-Season All-Star

Year Team League
2013 Potomac CAR

Billy Burns Leaderboards

Batting Average

Season AVG Rank
2015 .294 13th in AL

Stolen Bases

Season SB Rank
2015 26 3rd in AL


Season 3B Rank
2015 9 6th in AL

Caught Stealing

Season CS Rank
2015 8 7th in AL

Billy Burns Latest Transactions

Team Date Transaction
May 2, 2015 Oakland Athletics recalled Billy Burns from Nashville Sounds.
April 8, 2015 Oakland Athletics optioned CF Billy Burns to Nashville Sounds.
September 1, 2014 Oakland Athletics recalled Billy Burns from Sacramento River Cats.
July 31, 2014 Oakland Athletics optioned CF Billy Burns to Sacramento River Cats.
July 28, 2014 Oakland Athletics selected the contract of Billy Burns from Midland RockHounds.
March 30, 2014 CF Billy Burns assigned to Midland RockHounds.
January 22, 2014 Billy Burns assigned to Midland RockHounds.
December 11, 2013 Oakland Athletics traded LHP Jerry Blevins to Washington Nationals for LF Billy Burns.
August 2, 2013 OF Billy Burns assigned to Harrisburg Senators from Potomac Nationals.
May 27, 2013 Billy Burns roster status changed by Potomac Nationals.
May 17, 2013 Potomac Nationals placed CF Billy Burns on the 7-day disabled list.
March 30, 2013 CF Billy Burns assigned to Potomac Nationals from Hagerstown Suns.
March 6, 2013 Billy Burns assigned to Washington Nationals.
August 3, 2012 Billy Burns roster status changed by Hagerstown Suns.
July 29, 2012 Hagerstown Suns placed OF Billy Burns on the 7-day disabled list.
April 10, 2012 OF Billy Burns assigned to Hagerstown Suns from Auburn Doubledays.
July 22, 2011 Washington Nationals signed OF Billy Burns.
July 22, 2011 Billy Burns assigned to Auburn Doubledays.

William John Burns Bio Info

William John Burns was originally signed by Eric Robinson…graduated from Walton High School in Marietta, Georgia in 2008…attended Mercer University in Georgia.

Was one of just two rookies to appear in a game for the A's in 2014…went 1-for-6 (.167) with four runs scored and three stolen bases in 13 games over two stints with Oakland…10 of those games came asa pinch runner…was selected from Double-A Midland July 28 and made his Major League debut that night at Houston…flew out as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning…became the first rookie to appear in agame for the A's in 2014…pinch ran the next night and then went 0-for-4 in a start in center field July 30 against the Astros…was 0-for-5 in three games when he was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento July31…returned Sept. 1 when rosters expanded and went 1-for-1 in 10 games following his return…nine of his 10 appearances following his return came as a pinch runner…stole the first base of his career Sept. 8 at Chicago (AL)…had a pinch hit single in the sixth inning off James Paxton at Seattle Sept. 12 for his first Major League hit…combined to hit .237 with one home run and 28 RBI in 119 games with Midlandand Sacramento…was successful in 54-of-60 (90.0%) stolen base attempts and tied for fourth in all of Minor League Baseball in steals…is now 179-for-202 (88.6%) in four seasons in the minors…51 of his stolen bases came with the RockHounds, which ranked second in the Texas League…had career highs indoubles (22), at bats (473) and strikeouts (84) and matched his high in home runs…his batting averagewas a career-low, as was his .312 on-base percentage and .302 slugging percentage…led the A's farmsystem in stolen bases, ranked seventh in runs (74) and tied for ninth in walks (53)…hit .244 (31-for-127) against left-handed pitching compared to .234 (81-for-346) against right-handers…his averageimproved to .291 with runners in scoring position…was 4-for-9 (.444) with the bases loaded…had a.245 batting average at night compared to .139 in 11 day games…appeared in 109 games in center eld,including all 28 of his games with Sacramento, and six in left field…had six assists, including three with the River Cats…batted leadoff 105 times, including all 87 games with Midland, and ninth 10 times

Was named the Washington Nationals Minor League Player of the Year after batting a combined .315 with 96 runs scored and 74 stolen bases in 121 games with Single-A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg…added 72 walks and was hit by a pitch 14 times for a .425 on-base percentage…ranked third in all of minor league baseball in stolen bases behind Micah Johnson (84) and Billy Hamilton (75)…was sixth among full season minor leaguers in on-base percentage…spent most of the season at Potomac where he was named to the Carolina League Midseason and Postseason All-Star teams…led the league in stolen bases (54), on-base percentage (.422) and triples (9), ranked second in batting (.312) and tied for 10th in runs (70)…averaged 10.86 plate appearances per strikeout, which was also the best figure in the CL…batted .339 (37-for-109) against left-handed pitching compared to .307 (103-for-335) against right-handers…hit .278 with the bases empty, .385 with runners on…including .372 with runners in scoring position…did not homer for the second consecutive season and has gone 259 games and 927 at bats since hitting his only professional home run Aug. 1, 2011…had a .514 batting average in the sixth inning and hit .411 in innings four through seven…with Potomac, he hit .368 at home compared to .234 on the road…overall, appeared in 86 games in left field and 35 in center field…committed just two errors in 119 games overall in the outfield for a .992 fielding percentage…had seven assists…batted leadoff in all but one game, an 0-for-1 performance in the ninth spot in the order…recognized by Baseball America as having the "Best Strike-Zone Discipline" and being the "Fastest Baserunner" in the Nationals organization following the season.


Spent his first full professional season at Single-A Hagerstown where he batted .322 in 113 games…added 65 walks and was hit by a pitch 13 times for a .432 on-base percentage…the on-base percentage ranked second among all Single-A batters and fourth among all full season minor leaguers…was successful in 38-of-47 (80.9%) stolen base attempts…ranked second in the South Atlantic League in on-base percentage, third in batting, tied for fifth in hit by pitches (13), tied for sixth in runs (83), tied for seventh in stolen bases and tied for 10th in walks…ranked third in the Nationals farm system in batting and stolen bases…led Hagerstown in runs, stolen bases, sacrifice hits (8) and hit by pitches…hit .324 against left-handed pitching, .320 against right-handers…however, drew 54 of his 65 walks against righties for a .452 on-base percentage (compared to .394 against lefties)…had a .393 batting average with runners in scoring position…batted .300 or better in all five months of the season…hit .378 in the eighth inning or later…had a .342 batting average at night compared to .221 during the day…appeared in 68 games in center field and 41 in left field…had 10 assists in 106 games overall in the outfield…hit .346 while playing center field…saw his most action with 43 games in the two spot in the order but batted .353 with a .429 on-base percentage in 36 games hitting leadoff…also hit ninth 31 times and had one game each hitting third, fifth and seventh…reached base safely via hit, walk or hit by pitch in 102 of his 113 games, including 53 of 55 on the road…went 0-for-2 in his first game but then had a 30-game reaching base streak from April 12 to May 18…batted .318 with a .463 on-base percentage during the streak…went 3-for-5 with three walks and scored a season-high four runs in a 24-2 win April 25 at Rome…the hits and walks were also season-highs…finished April with a .309 batting average and .465 on-base percentage in 16 games…stole a season-high three bases May 17 against Delmarva…was successful in 16 consecutive stolen base attempts from May 23 to July 12…had a season-high nine game hitting streak from May 27 to June 6…went 13-for-33 (.394) with 10 RBI over that span…reached base safely in each of his final 31 road games beginning May 27, which was the second longest such streak in the SAL…went 33 consecutive games without an extra base hit from June 5 to July 16…went 0-for-11 in a four game series against Lakewood June 21-24, dropping his overall average to .299…went 2-for-3 June 26 against Delmarva to lift his average to .304…it would not fall under .300 the rest of the season…matched his season-high with three stolen bases June 27 at Delmarva…was successful in 32 of his 34 (94.1%) stolen base attempts through July 12…then had six steals over his final 13 attempts (46.2%)…went 22-for-51 (.431) with nine multiple hit games over a 13-game span from July 20 to Aug. 9…was on the disabled list from July 27 to Aug. 2 with a strained left hamstring…batted .353 with a .433 on-base percentage in 23 games in August…went 4-for-7 (.571) with a walk and two stolen bases in two postseason games for the Suns…was named the "Fastest Baserunner" in the Nationals farm system by Baseball America following the season.


Was selected by Washington in the 32nd round of the draft but did not sign until July 19…was assigned to Auburn of the Short-Season New York-Penn League and hit .262 with a home run and 18 RBI in 32 games…was successful in 13-of-14 (92.9%) stolen base attempts…hit .333 with his only home run against left-handed pitching compared to .238 against right-handers…batted .346 with 15 RBI in 16 games before the All-Star Break, .182 with three RBI in 16 games after the break…had a .303 average with runners in scoring position…batted .129 when leading off an inning…all 32 of his games came in center field and he did not commit an error in 71 total chances…hit in the bottom three spots of the order in 24 of his 32 games…also hit leadoff eight times…reached base safely via hit or walk in each of his first 11 games, batting .405 with a .500 on-base percentage…had back-to-back three hit games July 30 and Aug. 1 at Tri Cities…hit his first professional home run on the 1st, a grand slam…had a season-high four RBI in the game…was batting .371 as late as Aug. 20 but went 5-for-45 (.111) over his final 12 regular season games…then hit .333 (4-for-12) with two RBI and two stolen bases in four postseason games.