Meet the Mets, Former Saint Burgamy Signs Triple-A ContractST. PAUL, MN February 10, 2014
MEET THE METS, FORMER SAINT BURGAMY SIGNS TRIPLE-A CONTRACT
ST. PAUL, MN (February 10, 2014) – Brian Burgamy has the chance to hit the biggest jackpot of his life. The former St. Paul Saint signed with the New York Mets on a Triple-A contract and will head to spring training with the Las Vegas 51s of the Pacific Coast League.
The 32-year-old Burgamy joined the Saints late last season as the club needed a spark on offense and Burgamy more than provided it. The switch hitter batted .295 with eight homers and 25 RBI in 24 games. In 95 at bats he scored 16 runs, had five doubles, a .357 on base percentage and slugged a robust .600. Burgamy was signed as a free agent by the Saints following his stint with Piratas de Campeche of the Mexican League.
Burgamy finished his time with the Saints hitting in 10 straight to end the season. His three plus weeks with the Saints were highlighted by three huge homers. His first hit with the Saints was a game-tying three-run homer on August 10 vs. Sioux City. The very next day he hit a walk off homer against the Explorers. Towards the end of the season he hit the go ahead two-run homer in the top of the ninth at Winnipeg on August 29. Burgamy also became the 16th player in franchise history to homer in three straight games, accomplishing the feat on August 17-19.
“Brian had a real good season,” said Saints manager George Tsamis. “He really earned the opportunity with the Mets. “I’m really happy for him.”
Aside from his time with the Saints, Burgamy played 99 games last season. Following his time with the Saints, Burgamy was traded to the Sugarland Skeeters of the Atlantic League for future considerations. He played eight games and drove in six runs. Burgamy began 2013 with York of the Atlantic League posting a .345 average, nine home runs, and 35 RBI. He then signed a contract to play in Mexico and in 48 games for Piratas de Campeche he hit .335 with 15 home runs and 35 RBI as an outfielder and corner infielder.
“The way the ball jumps off his bat is special,” said Tsamis. “It’s something you don’t see everyday. I really think he can make a difference and really impress someone.”
The veteran wore the uniform of another Atlantic League club, the Camden Riversharks, from 2009-12. His best season in Camden was his last as he hit .294 in 126 games with 20 home runs and drove in 81 in 2012. He also walked 80 times that year. Burgamy spent the winter of 2011 playing baseball down under for the Canberra Cavalry of the Australian Baseball League. It was a winter to remember; in 45 games he hit a ridiculous .409 with 12 home runs and 34 RBI.
His professional career began back in 2002 when he was selected in the ninth round of the MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres out of Wichita State. He spent five seasons in the Padres organization, playing Single-A and Double-A baseball with affiliates in Indiana, California, Oregon, and Alabama. He moved on to play a pair of seasons in the Philadelphia Phillies farm system at Single-A Clearwater and Double-A Reading in 2006 and 2007. His affiliated career concluded with eight games for the St. Lucie Mets in 2008. Burgamy never posted a batting average of over .300 in his seven year affiliated career.
Burgamy received 3rd-team All-America honors and 2nd-team Baseball America recognition after an incredible senior season at Wichita State in 2002. In starting all 63 games he played in, he hit an even .400 with 15 doubles, four home runs, and 57 RBI. He was also a terror on the bases, drawing 51 walks and going 24-29 on stolen base attempts.
If Burgamy were to reach the Major Leagues he would become the 19th player in Saints history to reach the pinnacle of the baseball world. While Burgamy was not under contract with the Saints at the time of his signing with the Mets, he will not add to the 113 contracts sold by the club to Major League organizations.