Southern Maryland Blue Crabs – No. 12
Born: April 8, 1981|
Oregon City, Oregon
|September 8, 2006 for the Baltimore Orioles|
(through 2011 Season)
|Earned run average||5.75|
Brian Burres (born April 8, 1981) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. Burres' best pitch is his changeup. He also has a high 80s-low 90 MPH fastball and a curveball. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays and Pittsburgh Pirates and in the CPBL for the Lamigo Monkeys.
Burres attended Sam Barlow High School in Gresham, Oregon, where he was named both Conference Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year in 1999, his senior year. Burres went on to play at Mount Hood Community College, being drafted by the San Francisco Giants after one year.
San Francisco Giants
He was originally drafted by the San Francisco Giants. He was in the Giants' system for three years. Following the 2005 season, the Giants signed utility infielder José Vizcaíno. They made room for Vizcaíno on the roster by designating Burres for assignment. He pitched for the Connecticut Defenders prior to being designated. He was later released.
He made his major league debut with the Orioles in 2006, but spent most of that season with AAA Norfolk. He was promoted to the Orioles for most of the 2007 season. Burres was named the fifth starter in the Orioles rotation to open the 2008 season, after a competition in spring training with teammate Matt Albers.
Toronto Blue Jays
Burres spent spring training 2009 with Toronto, and was assigned to Triple-A Las Vegas 51s. With Toronto dealing with early-season injuries to several pitchers, Burres was recalled to the majors by the Jays on April 24, 2009, and made his first appearance for Toronto the next day, starting on the road against the Chicago White Sox. He wound up as the losing pitcher, but held the White Sox to two runs through the first four innings, before struggling in the fifth inning, when he left the game. Jays' manager Cito Gaston stated that Burres would remain in the rotation until several of Toronto's injured pitchers make their return to active duty.
On January 4, 2010, Burres signed a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates with an invite to spring training. He was non-tendered after the season.
Return to San Francisco
On December 19, 2011, Burres returned to the team that drafted him by signing a minor league deal with an invite to spring training.
Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
After pitching the previous season in Taiwan and not receiving a major league offer, Burres signed a contract to pitch for the Blue Crabs.
On June 9, 2014, Burres signed a minor league contract with the Rockies.
Brian has an identical twin brother, Greg, who resides in the Pacific Northwest. Brian is the son of Nancy and Kirk, and has two other brothers, Kevin and Patrick. Brian is married to Lacie Randall, a former Miami Dolphins cheerleader.