Emmanuel Burriss
Burriss with the Washington Nationals
Utility player
Born: (1985-01-17) January 17, 1985 (age 36)
Washington, D.C.
Batted: Switch Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 20, 2008, for the San Francisco Giants
Last MLB appearance
September 28, 2016, for the Philadelphia Phillies
MLB statistics
Batting average.237
Home runs1
Runs batted in42
Stolen bases41

Emmanuel Allen Burriss (born January 17, 1985) is an American former professional baseball utility player. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the San Francisco Giants, Washington Nationals, and Philadelphia Phillies. He is a switch-hitter who throws right-handed. While primarily a second baseman, Burriss played a variety of positions during his career.

Early life

Burriss attended Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, D.C., and St. Ann's Academy in middle school. At Wilson, he played basketball as well as baseball. He was the first Major League Baseball player to graduate from the Washington, D.C. public school system since 1981, when catcher Willie Royster played in four games for the Baltimore Orioles.[1]

He played college baseball at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. In 2005, he played collegiate summer baseball for the Orleans Cardinals of the Cape Cod Baseball League, winning playoff co-MVP for his performance in the Cardinals' 2005 league championship victory.[2][3][4] After his college career the San Francisco Giants drafted him in the first round of the 2006 MLB Draft.

Professional career

San Francisco Giants

Burris playing for the San Francisco Giants in 2009
Burris playing for the San Francisco Giants in 2009

After two years in the minor leagues, Burriss was rated the Giants' tenth best prospect in the Baseball America Prospect Handbook 2008.[5] He did not make the Giants out of spring training that year, but the Giants purchased his contract from the AAA Fresno Grizzlies on April 20.[1] He finished his rookie season with a .283 batting average in 95 games. After the season, the Giants sent Burriss to the 2008 Arizona Fall League where he played as a member of the Scottsdale Scorpions. During the Giants' 2009 spring training camp Burriss competed with Kevin Frandsen for the starting second baseman position; Burriss was named the starter on April 1, 2009.[6] On June 4, Burriss was playing second base as Randy Johnson won his 300th game against the Washington Nationals. Burriss' RBI single in the second inning proved to be the game-winning RBI.[7] Despite that, on Tuesday, June 16, he was sent down to AAA Fresno Grizzlies for Matt Downs after hitting .238/.292/.267 in 61 games. On July 5, 2009 Burriss fractured the fifth metatarsal in his left foot rounding second base at Fresno, ending his season.

Burriss refractured the foot in Spring training 2010.[8] He returned (in Fresno) late in the 2010 season, and was awarded with a call up to the Giants once the Grizzlies' season ended,[9] however he was not placed on the Giants' postseason roster. He appeared in 59 games for the Giants in 2011, splitting time between the Major League club and Fresno. In 2012, Burriss made the Giants out of Spring Training, but on July 28, 2012, he was designated for assignment.[10] Then on September 4, 2012, Burriss was added back to the Giants' roster [11] and finished the year in the Major Leagues only to be sent outright to the Fresno Grizzlies after the end of the season.[12] On November 8, 2012, Burriss elected free agency.[13]

Cincinnati Reds

On November 21, 2012, Burriss signed a minor league deal with the Cincinnati Reds with an invitation to spring training.[14] He played all of 2013 with Triple-A Louisville, where in 108 games (mostly at shortstop and second base), he hit .241 with 24 RBI and 17 SB.

Washington Nationals

In December 2013, Burriss signed a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals.[15] In 2014, he has played for the AAA Syracuse Chiefs.[16] On June 26, 2015, he had his contract purchased when Anthony Rendon was placed on the disabled list. He made five plate appearances, his first in the major leagues since 2012, and picked up two hits and two walks.[16] He was given and accepted an outright assignment to Syracuse on July 28, 2015.[17]

Burriss elected free agency immediately after the 2015 season.[18]

Philadelphia Phillies

Burriss signed a minor league deal with the Philadelphia Phillies in November 2015.[19] After making the opening day roster for the Phillies, he was designated for assignment on June 1, 2016.[19] After spending most of the summer with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, he was recalled by the Phillies in late August.[19]

Washington Nationals

He declared for free agency October 16, 2016,[19] and reunited in December with the Nationals on a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.[20] He elected free agency on November 6, 2017.

Los Angeles Angels

Burriss signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Angels in February 2018.[21] He never played a game in the organization.

Coaching career

Burriss is currently the hitting coach for the Oklahoma City Dodgers, the Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers.


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  21. ^ Todd, Jeff (February 7, 2018). "Minor MLB Transactions: 2/7/18". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved February 7, 2018.