|Ryan Burke 8
GENERAL: A versatile athlete who can catch or play in the outfield...A potent hitter with excellent speed who will be asked to build off his limited performance as a rookie when he proved to be an effective option at the plate.
AS A FRESHMAN: Started nine of the 23 games he played...Batted .326 with 14 hits in 43 at bats and posted an on-base percentage of .383...Scored three runs and had one RBI...Recorded a hit in six of the nine games he started, including three multi-hit games...Went 2-for-3, scored one run and drove in another in the second game of a doubleheader at Vermont (4/10).
BEFORE SIENA: First Team All State (CIAC)...Recipient of the Southwest Conference All-Patriot Division Award...Named Offensive Player of the Year...A member of the Connecticut Futures Game All-Star team, the American Legion Zone All-star team, and the Nutmeg Games Silver Medal team...Batted .404 with 14 RBI's in 20 games as a senior.
ROSSI ON BURKE: "Ryan continues to struggle with an arm injury, but last year he showed great promise as a pinch-hitter and DH. This past fall he was given time in the outfield and did a great job. He will continue to be utilized as a pinch hitter and DH, and gives the coaching staff flexibility as an outfielder."