Sean Patrick Burroughs (pronounced BURR-ohs)...1998 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach, California, batting .528 (47-for-89) with seven home runs and 38 rbi in 29 games as a senior...signed with the Padres in 1998 rather than accepting a baseball scholarship from the University of Southern California...son of former Major League 1974 American League MVP Jeff Burroughs...Sean and his father - who was the Senators' top pick out of Woodrow Wilson High School in 1969 - became just the second father-son tandem to be drafted in the first round (the first was Tom and Ben Greive, in 1966 and 1994 respectively)...earned a gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics for Team USA...played in the Little League World Series for Long Beach, helping guide the team to Championships in 1992 and 1993...named tournament
MVP in 1993, batting .600 and pitching a pair of 16-strikeout no-hitters.
Started the season with Triple-A Reno and batted .412 (42-for-102) with 11 doubles, two triples, two home runs and 25 rbi over two separate stints with the Aces...Had his contract selected, May 18...played his first game, May 19 vs. Atlanta...his first in the Major Leagues since May 4, 2006 with San Diego...Batted .250 (6-for-24) with a double in 23 games, May 19-June 19, before being outrighted to Reno, June 21...Had his contract selected, July 1 for his second stint with the Diamondbacks...Hit safely in a season-high four straight games, July 3-7 and August 20-23...Had his first three-hit game of the season, July 4 at Milwaukee...his first since June 17, 2005 at Minnesota...Stole a base, August 21 at Atlanta...his first steal since April 30, 2006 vs. Boston...Hit a game-winning, two-run homer in the seventh inning on August 23 at Washington, his first home run since April 30, 2005 vs. Arizona (with Padres)...according to Elias Sports Bureau, the last position player to end a home run drought of five-or-more years with a gamewinning shot in the seventh inning-or-later was the Royals' Warren Cromartie, who hit a pinch-hit two-run, game-winning homer on August 17, 1991 vs. Boston (his previous home run was on Aug. 6, 1983 and he played in Japan from 1984-1990).
Did not play baseball professionally...signed with Arizona as a minor league free agent, November 19.
Did not play baseball professionally.
Did not play baseball professionally.
Played in just four games with Triple-A Tacoma before being released, June 14.
Acquired by Tampa Bay from San Diego, in exchange for right-handed pitcher Dewon Brazelton, December 7, 2005...played 14 games in Spring Training before being placed on the disabled list with a lower back strain in the final week of March...was activated after missing the first 10 games, April 14...played just eight games with Tampa Bay before being optioned to Triple-A Durham, May 5...missed the entire month of July with a neck strain...released from the organization, August 14...signed by Seattle as minor league free agent, December 19.
Burroughs played excellent defense at
third base before losing his job with the acquisition of Joe Randa. Burroughs went 35 games without an RBI during one stretch but delivered what might have been the biggest hit of the Padres' season, a ninth-inning, two-out, two-run double at SBC Park that led to a crucial September win against the Giants.
Played in 130 games, batting a career-high .298 with two home runs, 23 doubles, 47 RBI and 76 runs scored... tied a career-high with three RBI, including the game-winner in the 10th inning, April 8 vs. San Francisco... also tallied three RBI September 12 at Colorado... tied a career-high with four hits (4-for-5) April 20 at San Francisco... batted .315 (124-for-394) in night games compared to .248 (32-for-129) during the day... batted .288 (95-for-330)... during the first half of the season, but went on to hit .316 (61-for-193) after the All-Star Break... ranked ninth among National League leaders with 128 singles... knocked a career-high 35 hits (.333) during the month of May... underwent season-ending surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee on September 17... Padres Team Physicians Dr. Jan Fronek, Heinz Hoenecke, Steven Copp and Daniel Keefe performed the surgery at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla.
SETTING THE TABLE: Served as the Padres primary leadoff hitter for much of the season... in that role, batted .296 (127-for-429) with 63 runs scored... knocked his .rst career leadoff homer July 23 at Los Angeles... also batted second (.273 average in 22 at-bats), sixth (.300 average in 50 at-bats), seventh (.462 average in 13 at-bats) and ninth (.222 average in nine at-bats).
SWEET SIXTEEN: Had a career-high 16-game hitting streak during which he batted .344 (22-for-64) from May19-June 6... that streak was the longest by a Padre batter in 2004.
UNDER PRESSURE: Entered the season as a career .223 batter with runners in scoring position, but excelled in that position during the season... batted .311 (37-for-119) with runners in scoring position, the second-highest figure by a Padres regular (Nevin; .316)... hit his first career pinch-hit homer, and his first of the season, May 28 at Milwaukee.
HIGHLIGHTS: Batted .271 with 5 doubles, one triple and one home run in 63 games for the Padres as a rookie...struggled with a sprained right shoulder and was placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 30...was recalled from rehab, reinstated from the 15-day disabled list and optioned to Portland on July 15...upon returning in September, played both third base and second base for Bruce Bochy.
WITH SAN DIEGO: Played nearly 3 complete months with the Friars: April, May and September...batted .300 through May 1, but struggled the remainder of May, going 5-for-51 (.098)...hit his first Major League home run off
Hideo Nomo, April 19 at Dodger Stadium...was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right shoulder on May 30, retro to May 29...hit just .188 (9-for-48) with runners in scoring position, but went 6-for-17 (.353) with
RISP in September...batted .310 (26-for-84) at Qualcomm Stadium....hit .400 (14-for-35) as a second baseman, .242 (36-for-149) as a third bagger.
SEASON OF FIRSTS: After having his big league debut delayed by one day due to a stomach virus, went 2-for-3 April 2 at Arizona...after fanning in his first plate appearance, singled in each of his final 2 at-bats off Curt Schilling...first career hit was a single to left field to lead off the Padres' 5th...blasted his first career homer, a 5th-inning solo shot to right field off Hideo Nomo, in a 5-2 loss at Dodger Stadium, April 19...posted his first RBI with a 4th-inning double in a 4-1 loss on April 6 at Pac Bell Park.
HEY ROOKIE: Ranked among National League rookies in hits (6th with 52), multi-hit games (6th with 13) and
total bases (8th with 62).
SUPER HERO: His RBI triple in the bottom of the 8th inning scored the decisive run as the Padres nipped the
Cubs, 2-1 on April 30 at The Q...one night later, drove in 2 runs, including the game-winner, in a 4-3 victory vs.
Chicago (NL)...celebrated his 22nd birthday in style with a game-winning 10th-inning single off Robb Nen as the
Padres outlasted the Giants, 3-2, on September 12 in a game went that nearly 4 hours.
AT PORTLAND: Began a 20-game rehab assignment with the Beavers on June 29...batted just .255 through his first 27 Triple-A games, but went 30-for-85 with 9 doubles and 10 RBI in August and September to finish hitting .302 with 16 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs and 23 RBI...one of main objectives while with Portland was to see more pitches...achieved his goal, earning 21 walks and fanning just 16 times in 50 games...began his tutorial at second base, starting 29 games there, 16 at third base...hit .345 as a second baseman, .263 as a third baseman.
POSTSEASON SURGERY: Had surgery on his right sholder performed by Drs. Jan Fronek and Heinz Hoenecke on October 2 in San Diego...the procedure repaired fraying in the labrum and a 5 percent tear in the rotator cuff.
Spent the season with San Diego...did not commit an error in 42 straight games, May 23-July 11...had 15-game hitting streak, August
19-September 5...joined Mark Loretta as the only two starting position players to play the entire season with the Padres without going on the
disabled list...led the Padres in triples and ranked second in hits, multi-hit games, total bases, games and at-bats...led all NL third basemen in batting average, becoming the first Padres third baseman to do so since Gary Sheffield batted .330 in 1992...his .966 fielding percentage established a new club record for third basemen.
SUMMARY: Only 20, Burroughs was named the No. 1 prospect in the Pacific Coast League, the league's top hitting prospect and the PCL Rookie of the Year in his Triple-A debut...played in the Triple-A All-Star Game and made his 2nd consecutive appearance in the All-Star Futures Game in Seattle...batted .322 with 9 homers and 55 RBI in 104 games with Portland...ranked 10th in the PCL and 2nd among all Padres minor leaguers in batting...tied for the Beavers team lead with 28 doubles, and hit a career-best 9 home runs...was sidelined April 26-May 23 after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee April 30...the procedure was performed by Drs. Heinz Hoenecke and Jan Fronek at Scripps Green Hospital in La Jolla.
IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING...:
Sean's 9 home runs in 104 games (394 at-bats) were one more than he had hit in his first 2 pro seasons combined, a span of 236 games and 841 at-bats...averaged a homer every 44 at-bats in 2001 after averaging one every 105 at-bats in 1999-2000...went 2 games without a hit only 4 times all year and went hitless in 3 straight games only once...enjoyed 7 hitting streaks of at least 5 games, including a pair of 7-gamers, a 12-gamer and a 17-game tear...was 9-for-11 (82 percent) in stolen base tries after going 23-for-47 (49 percent) in his first 2 pro seasons...batted .347 (66-for-190) with runners on base, .369 (41-for-111) with runners in scoring position, .338 (23-for-68) with runners on base and 2 outs and .370 (17-for-46) with runners in scoring position and 2 outs...was charged with 10 errors in 96 games at third base.
MORE 2001 NOTES:
Went 5-for-5 with a double and an RBI April 8 at Tucson, the start of a 3-game 9-for-14 tear...the 5-hit game was the first of his career...in all, posted 35 multi-hit games (26 games with 2 hits, 6 games with 3 hits, a pair of 4-hit nights and the 5-hit game)...after seeing a 7-game hitting streak end on June 6, went on a 17-game streak June 8-24...lifted his average to .346 from .291 by hitting .452 (28-for-62) with 7 doubles, 2 homers and 11 RBI...went 22-for-50 (.440) during a 12-game hitting streak July 2-19, which lifted his average to .357...drove in a run in 7 straight games July 6-18...started at third base and went 0-for-2 in the All-Star Futures Game at Safeco Field in Seattle...was 4-for-5 with a homer, an RBI and 4 runs scored July 14 at Tacoma and was 8-for-12 in 3 games against the Rainiers July 13-15...went 4-for-5 with a homer, 4 RBI and 3 runs scored in a 9-4 win July 27 vs. Iowa...was 3-for-4 with 2 homers, 2 RBI and 2 runs scored to key a 3-2 win August 12 vs. Colorado Springs...the 2-homer game was the first of his career...entered the season rated by Baseball America as the No. 1 prospect in the Padres organization and the No. 6 prospect in all of baseball.
Enters the 2002 season as the Padres' No. 1 prospect according to Baseball America, the 3rd straight year he has topped that list...is also the organization's best hitter for average in the publication's 2002 Best Tools survey...was the No. 1 prospect and best hitting prospect in the Pacific Coast League in 2001, when he made his 2nd consecutive appearance in the All-Star Futures Game.
ALL IN THE FAMILY:
Is the son of former major leaguer and 1974 American League Most Valuable Player Jeff Burroughs, who batted .261 with 240 home runs and 882 RBI in 16 big league seasons with the Senators, Rangers, Braves, Mariners, A's and Blue Jays between 1970 and 1985...Sean and his father, the Senators' top pick out of Wilson High in Long Beach in 1969, became only the 2nd father-son tandem to be drafted in the first round...the first was Tom and Ben Grieve...Tom was selected by Washington with the 6th overall pick in 1966 and Ben went to Oakland with the 2nd pick in the draft in 1994.
Appeared in 108 games with Double-A Mobile, batting .291 (6th in the league) with 29 doubles, 4 triples, 2 homers and 42 RBI...played in the Double-A All-Star Game...led the BayBears in batting average, on-base percentage (.383), walks (58) and intentional walks (6), and tied for the team lead with 4 triples...struck out just once every 10.24 plate appearances, the 4th-best ratio in the league...led league third basemen with a .947 fielding percentage (16 errors, 302 total chances)...went 0-for-4 April 10 vs. Orlando to snap his streak of reaching base safely via a hit or walk at 58 consecutive games dating to the end of 1999...went 4-for-5 in an 11-10 win at Greenville April 22, one of three 4-hit games he posted during the season...hit safely in 15 of 16 games July 3-26, lifting his average to .294 from .269...fell a triple short of the cycle July 31 at Huntsville.
AWARDS AND HONORS:
Ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the Padres chain in Baseball America's pre-season survey...also named the organization's best hitter for average and best defensive infielder...was named to Howe Sportsdata's minor league All-Star team and All-Teenager team following 2000 for the 2nd straight season...was the No. 5 prospect in the Southern League, according to Baseball America...earned Most Valuable Player honors in the July 9 All-Star Futures Game in Atlanta...went 3-for-4 with a key defensive play to lead Team USA to a 3-2 win...was a member of the U.S. Olympic team, which captured the Gold Medal in Sydney, Australia...went 3-for-8 (.375), including a 2-hit effort in his lone start in round-robin play vs. Cuba.
Made a spectacular professional debut, earning Padres Minor League Player of the Year honors...led all San Diego farmhands with a .363 batting average and ranked 2nd in the organization with 85 RBI (Dusty Allen, 89) in 128 games between Single-A Fort Wayne and Rancho Cucamonga...was named to the Midwest League All-Star team prior to an August 31 promotion to Rancho...hit .235 (38-for-161) with 9 doubles, no homers and 21 RBI in 52 games through June 5, then .434 (125-for-288) with 24 doubles, 3 triples, 6 homers and 64 RBI in 76 games the rest of the way...beginning June 6, hit safely in 68 of his final 76 games...a Midwest League All-Star at third base, Sean was named the league's No. 3 prospect by Baseball America...ranked 2nd in the league with a .359 batting average in 122 games and led the circuit with a .464 on-base percentage...paced the club with 30 doubles, 74 walks and 14 hit by pitches...also stole 17 bases...prior to playing a single pro game, Sean was listed as the No. 6 prospect in the organization entering the season by Baseball America.
From July 8-August 17, he hit safely in 36 of 37 contests, batting .476 (68-for-143) with 10 doubles, 2 triples, 2 homers and 32 RBI to lift his average to .352 from .278...had 23 multi-hit games during the tear, including 5 games with 3 hits and 2 games with 4...the highlight of the stretch was a 23-game hitting streak, July 8-August 1, during which Burroughs batted .467 (42-for-90) with 9 doubles, a triple, 2 homers and 24 RBI...the tear ended when Sean went 0-for-1 with a walk and a hit by pitch on August 2, but he then went on to hit safely in his next 13 in a row, going 26-for-53 (.491) with a double, a triple and 8 RBI...beginning July 8, reached base safely in his final 53 regular season games for Fort Wayne and Rancho Cucamonga, batting .460 (97-for-211) with 17 doubles, 2 triples, 4 homers, 48 RBI, 32 walks, 4 hit by pitches and 35 runs scored.
'99 AT RANCHO CUCAMONGA:
Did not skip a beat upon August 31 promotion to Rancho Cucamonga of the California League...hit safely in all 6 regular season games in which he played, including 4 multi-hit efforts...batted .435 (10-for-23) with 3 doubles, a homer and 5 RBI for the Quakes...posted a .696 slugging percentage and a .519 on-base average...went 4-for-14 with a double, 3 RBI and 7 walks in 5 post-season games.
MORE b99 NOTES:
Went 5-for-7 with 5 RBI in his first 2 pro games April 8-9 vs. Lansing, including a 3-for-4, 2-RBI, 2-run debut with a walk and a stolen base...hit .455 (10-for-22) with a double and 6 RBI in his first 7 games...logged 5 straight multi-hit games July 18-22, going 12-for-20 with 3 doubles, a triple, a homer and 10 RBI...posted consecutive 4-hit games August 24-25 at Michigan, going 8-for-11 with a double, a homer, 3 RBI and 4 runs...between the 2 stops, posted 51 multi-hit games: 38 games with 2 hits, 8 games with 3 hits and 5 games with 4 hits...recorded 21 multi-RBI games, including 7 games with 3 RBI and a pair of 4-RBI contests.
Did not play after signing with the Padres as the 9th overall selection in the first round of the First-Year Player Draft...signed on September 2.