College Baseball Countdown: 41 Days to Go- Corbin Burnes

Burnes-600x351If you haven’t heard of Corbin Burnes to this point, you are forgiven. Burnes had a very solid sophomore season after a bit of a rough introduction to Division I baseball as a freshman, and he had a lot to do with his St. Mary’s team showing big improvement in 2015 when compared to 2014. But, with all that being said, his numbers weren’t eye-popping and St. Mary’s still wasn’t a program at the forefront of the national discussion, despite their improvements.

As we head into 2016, with Burnes soaring to the top of prospect lists and poised for a big junior campaign, there is little to no excuse for not being well-acquainted with the burgeoning ace.

Certainly, his aforementioned sophomore season helped him become more of a household name. As a weekend starter for the Gaels, he went 7-5 with a 3.74 ERA. In 89 innings of work, he struck out 91 and opposing batters hit just .230 against him.

It was after the season, though, that his prospect status really took off. As a member of the Orleans Firebirds in the Cape Cod League, Burnes showed that he belongs among the nation’s elite. He went 5-3 with a 3.79 ERA as one of the team’s primary starting pitchers, but just as impressive was the stuff he showcased, including a fastball that reached 96 mph.

After the summer, he had left enough of an impression to be named the number nine prospect on Frankie Piliere’s list of top prospects from the Cape on Then, coming into the fall, when considering all college prospects, he was ranked 24th on’s list of top 50 college prospects. Baseball America has him ranked 24th.

The bottom line is this: even if St. Mary’s isn’t any more of a nationally-recognized program in 2016 and Burnes isn’t a name that rolls off the tongues of college baseball fans as easily as, say, A.J. Puk or Alec Hansen, there is no real excuse for not being well aware of his vast potential.

About the Author

Joseph Healy
Joe Healy was first introduced to college baseball when he grew up watching the likes of Jeff Niemann, Philip Humber, and Wade Townsend pitch for Rice University. To say it was love at first sight would be an understatement. That love only grew as he went off to college at Sam Houston State University, where he practically lived at Don Sanders Stadium watching his Bearkats under the direction of the legendary Mark Johnson. He holds a B.A. in political science from SHSU and is working toward his Masters in Public Administration from SIU-Edwardsville in Edwardsville, Illinois.