What happened to Michael Burgess?

When Jim Bowden was GM and the Nats were still trying to restock the criminally depleted farm system, one of the big name on the board was Michael Burgess. He was drafted compensation round of the 09 draft, 49th overall for the loss of Jose Guillen. This was the same draft the Nats took Ross Detweiler. Burgess was high school pick so he is now 24 years old.

For a while he was viewed as a future corner outfielder. He slowly worked his way through the Nats system and then was traded away as part of the Tom Gorzelanny deal. If you want shivers down your spine, check out the projected 2012 lineup for the Nats.

Catcher Jesus Flores
First Base Chris Marrero
Second Base Esmailyn Gonzalez
Third Base Ryan Zimmerman
Shortstop Cristian Guzman
Left Field Elijah Dukes
Center Field Lastings Milledge
Right Field Michael Burgess
No. 1 Starter Jordan Zimmerman
No. 2 Starter Ross Detwiler
No. 3 Starter Scott Olsen
No. 4 Starter Collin Balester
No. 5 Starter John Lannan
Closer Garrett Mock


Anyway, he was picked by the Astros in the AAA round of the rule 5 draft this year. He is playing for Corpus Christie

in AA. He had a good game the other night.


Bellow is Baseball America’s top prospect rankings from 09.

1. Jordan Zimmermann, rhp
2. Ross Detwiler, lhp
3. Chris Marrero, 1b
4. Michael Burgess, of
5. Jack McGeary, lhp
6. Derek Norris, c
7. Destin Hood, of
8. Adrian Nieto, c
9. J.P. Ramirez, of
10. Esmailyn Gonzalez, ss

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