Andy Burns is knocking on the door to get into the big leagues, but he’ll have to wait a little while longer to get in.
The Rocky Mountain High School graduate had an excellent spring training as a non-roster invitee to the Toronto Blue Jays camp, but will start the season in Triple-A.
Burns appeared in more spring training games (25) than any other Blue Jays player. He hit .286 with four doubles, a triple, home run and eight RBIs.
He continues to showcase himself as a super utility player and can play every infield position as well as in the outfield.
Because the Blue Jays roster was left intact after making the American League Championship Series last season, there was no room for Burns to make the squad out of camp.
The possibility of making it later this season is strong, with manager John Gibbons telling the Toronto Star “during the year, definitely. He’s really opened up some keys.”
Burns, who won two state titles at Rocky Mountain, will start the season with the Buffalo Bisons, the top affiliate of the Blue Jays. The Bisons open their season Thursday.
Marco Gonzales, a former teammate of Burns at Rocky Mountain, was assigned earlier in spring to the Memphis Redbirds, the top affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. Gonzales will be the Redbirds top starter and the season begins Thursday.
Cole Anderson, a 2015 Rocky Mountain graduate, is expected to start his second season as a pro with the Grand Junction Rockies, the rookie league affiliate of the Colorado Rockies that begins play in June.
Jess Amedee, a 2011 Rocky Mountain graduate, is expected to pitch for the Pittsburgh Pirates rookie affiliate which also begins in June.
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