Brian Burks
5-10, 174
Alpharetta, Ga.

B.S. Management, 2007
Fiery competitor who was a very dependable member of the Tech pitching staff over four seasons....Had the versatility to be used as a starter, set-up man or closer....Threw three pitches for strikes a fastball, curve and change-up, and had outstanding control....Had excellent movement on all of his pitches, which made him very effective.

2006: Retired from professional baseball Jan. 24.

2005: Released by San Diego after stint in Extended Spring Training....signed with Pennsylvania-based Washington Wild Things of the independent Frontier League 5/28....ranked second on team with 10 wins while tied for staff-lead with 19 starts.

2004: Saw duty as the starter in 14 of his 19 appearances....won just two of his first seven decisions before grabbing the win in six of his next seven appearances including four straight victories in starts....turned in 2.1 scoreless innings in relief to beat Georgia 5/11 at Turner Field....worked eight innings to get the win in ACC Tournament and NCAA Atlanta Regional starts....drafted in 25th round (732nd player overall) by San Diego Padres....assigned to Class A Eugene Emeralds (Northwest League)....Picked up his first professional win in relief 7/3 vs. Salem-Keizer 5-4....chosen for the West Division in Northwest League All-Star Game at Spokane, Wash. on 8/3.

2003: Team leader in saves....named Most Valuable Player at ACC Tournament following save vs. Wake Forest and victory in long relief vs. Florida State....Used primarily as a relief pitcher and in that role posted a 2.90 ERA in 49.2 innings pitched, allowing just 16 earned runs on 36 hits while striking out 43....Held lefties to a .231 average while righties hit just .206....Led the team with eight saves and ranked third on the team with a 3.92 ERA....finished the game in 13 of 21 relief outings....Second on the team with 23 total appearances, second in opponents batting average (.223), and fourth in wins (5), strikeouts (50) and innings pitched (57.1)

2002: Worked out of the bullpen (1-2, 3 saves) and as a starter (9-5)....allowed just two hits over four innings of relief to notch save 2/10 at Georgia Southern....picked up two wins as a starter along with a save during six-day stretch working four scoreless innings to beat Wofford 2/19, 1.1 innings to hold off Coastal Carolina 2/22, and allowing just three hits with career-high eight strikeouts in eight innings to defeat Virginia Commonwealth 2/4....named to all-tournament team for the Baseball at the Beach Tournament at Myrtle Beach....struck out five during four innings of perfect relief to gain win 3/5 vs. East Tennessee State....earned save (3/8) and win as starter (3/10) during weekend series vs. Winthrop....went the distance on a five-hit shutout at N.C. State 3/30....missed two weeks (from 4/6 to 4/20) due to a strained muscle in his back....returned to action to notch a pair of wins during five-day stretch beating Mercer 4/23 and Virginia 4/28....followed that up with victory over top-ranked Clemson 5/ the win in NCAA Atlanta Regional clinching victory over Georgia 6/2....took loss in College World Series start vs. South Carolina 6/18....pitched for Cape Cod League champion Wareham Gatemen during summer....turned in a scoreless inning in relief during Cape Cod League All-Star Game 7/27 at Harwich, Mass....tied for second in Cape League with 11 saves.

2001: Made 24 appearances during season, second on staff....Notched win in three-inning relief stint 2/23 vs. Elon....chalked up first save with three innings of scoreless relief 3/17 vs. Kent....also posted victories against Maryland, Florida State and Charleston Southern as well as save at North Carolina 5/12....suffered only loss of season in Tech's ACC Tournament finale vs. N.C. State 5/19 yielding three unearned runs in 0.1 innings....pitched for Northern Ohio Baseball of Great Lakes League during summer....named first-team All-Great Lakes League after posting 5-1 record and 2.04 ERA.

High School: A four year letterwinnner for coach Tim Lemmons at Chattahoochee High School....A four-time all-North Fulton County pick and an all-state honoree in 2000....He holds nearly all of the career pitching records at Chattahoochee, including wins, strikeouts and ERA....Had a career record of 22-7 and a 1.78 ERA at Chattahoochee....Led his AAU team to the national championship in the summer of 1997....Tossed his first no-hitter as a junior at Chattahoochee and added two more no-hitters as a senior....Also played third base on days that he was not pitching....A two-year team captain at Chattahoochee....An honor roll student and honors graduate from Chattahoochee.

Personal: Brian David Burks....Born May 29, 1981....Son of Dave and Mary Burks....Enjoys fishing....Majored in Management.

 Georgia Tech Statistics
 Year     G-GS   W-L  SV  CG  SH   ERA    IP     H    R  ER  BB  SO  Avg.  
 2001    26-0    4-1   2   0   0  4.08   35.1   42   28  16  14  22  .282
 2002    25-14  10-7   3   1   1  3.87  102.1  114   57  44  25  81  .278
 2003    23-2    5-1   8   0   0  3.92   57.1   49   31  25  13  50  .223
 2004    19-14   8-6   0   0   0  4.67   94.1  105   59  49  23  76  .279

 Professional Career
 Year Team          W-L  SV   ERA    G  GS    IP     H   R  ER  BB  SO 
 2004  Eugene       2-2   4  1.82   24   0   29.2   27  10   6   9  17
 2005  Washington  10-4   0  4.16   19  19  114.2  134  66  53  34  55