Burriss making the most of his demotion

By: Prentice Elliott Email
By: Prentice Elliott Email

Greenjackets' shortstop Emmanuel Burriss originally skipped Augusta in his minor league development, going straight from short season ball to high A, San Jose.
After struggling early in the season though, Burriss was shipped to the Garden City to find his swing and has done nothing short of tearing the cover off the baseball ever since.
Burriss is rated the number 4 prospect in the San Francisco Giants organization by Baseball America and the numbers would bear that out.
He has hit safley in 10 straight games and, during the streak, is batting .535.
Burriss has only been in Augusta since may 18th but has established himself as the lead-off hitter for the best team in the South Atlantic League.
He's carrying a .381 average with 13 stolen bases and 18 runs scored in only 20 games in a Greenjackets uniform.
Far from moping after his demotion from San Jose, Burriss looked at it as an opportunity.
Not just to get better, but to play with the same group of guys he broke into professional baseball with at short season, Salem-Kaizer.
Burriss says, "It wasn't disappointing at all because this is the team I've been with and I understood that I wasn't doing good at San Jose. For me, it was an opportunity to get myself back in rhythm and to come back and spend time with my friends."
Since Burriss's arrival in Augusta, the 'Jackets are 16 and 6 and have the best record in all of baseball.


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