Coming into play Thursday, Burns was hitting .302 and led all American League rookies with eight multi-hit games.
His manager, Bob Melvin, has liked what he’s seen out of his switch-hitting leadoff man. As he told Joe Stiglich of CSN Bay Area: “This is a guy who in spring training you probably don’t forecast him being here a whole lot, with the outfield depth we have. He’s gotten a couple opportunities and he’s run with it. He’s continued to get on base and now he’s showing more power. We made a trade for him for a reason. We thought at some point in time he’d be ready for the big leagues, but he’s probably there a little sooner than we expected.”
With outfielder Coco Crisp scheduled to receive an epidural to alleviate his chronic neck pain, he’ll will miss at least another month (if not more). Within that context, Burns is suddenly a much bigger part of the A’s offensive plans moving forward.
So far, he’s showing that he’s capable of being up to the task.