Billy Burns

#35 CF / Kansas City Royals / EXP: 4YRS / MINORS Height: 5-9 Weight: 170 lb Age: 32 College: None Bats/Throws -/-

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    Yankees' Billy Burns: Reassigned to minor-league camp

    Billy Burns was reassigned to minor-league camp Thursday.Burns' chances of breaking camp with the team were always slim at best. He's been sent down even with Aaron Hicks (back) expected to open the season on the injured list. It will take a handful of injuries for him to get a shot with the New York Yankees.

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    Yankees' Billy Burns: Lands with Yankees

    Billy Burns signed a minor-league contract with the New York Yankees, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.Burns' wheels made him an interesting player in the past, as he stole 43 bases in 222 games in 2015 and 2016, but his bat was simply too light for him to stick in the majors. He owns a career .270/.308/.353 line in parts of four seasons and has only received six plate appearances since 2016. He's unlikely to play a significant role in New York this season.

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    Royals' Billy Burns: Headed back to KC

    Billy Burns has cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Omaha on Sunday. He is expected to return to the major-league camp.Burns had been in a battle for the center-field job against the likes of Paulo Orlando but was a roster casualty when the club acquired Lucas Duda to replace free-agent loss Eric Hosmer. After clearing waivers, Burns will return to the outfield competition during big league camp. Even in a best-case fantasy scenario for Burns, he'd be a cheap source of speed while representing a liability in most other categories. Of course, Burns would have to make the team first for that analysis to come into play.

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    Royals' Billy Burns: Designated for assignment

    Billy Burns was designated for assignment by the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.Burns was removed from the club's 40-man roster following the acquisition of first baseman Lucas Duda. It was expected that Burns would be competing for the starting spot in center field for the Royals in 2018, but he will now head to waivers to see where he will end up. Burns slashed .235/.271/.296 in 97 big-league games in 2016 before appearing in just seven contests for Kansas City last season.

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    Royals' Billy Burns: Pushing for center field job this spring

    Billy Burns is competing with Paulo Orlando for the Kansas City Royals' starting center field job this spring, the Kansas City Star reports.The switch-hitting Burns collected just six plate appearances at the big-league level in 2017, and he's never looked capable of matching this production from his run as a regular in Oakland when he hit .294/.334/.392 with 26 steals in 125 games. If the Royals opt to platoon the duo, the Burns could end up with the larger share of the playing time as the right-handed hitting Orlando has been more productive against southpaws over parts of three seasons in Kansas City.

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    Royals' Billy Burns: Shipped back to minors

    Billy Burns was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Saturday.Burns' stay on the active roster was brief, as he pinch ran a couple times and went just 1-for-4 at the plate. With the Kansas City Royals wanting more pitching depth in KC, the speedster will head back to the minors to allow Jake Junis to rejoin the big-league club. Burns could find his way back to the majors soon if the team's pitching situation improves or if another injury strikes the major-league outfield.

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    Royals' Billy Burns: Returns to big club

    Billy Burns was recalled from Triple-A Omaha on Monday, Joel Goldberg of Fox Sports Kansas City reports.Burns will assume Jorge Soler's spot on the active roster after the latter was optioned to Omaha in a corresponding move. Soler had difficultly finding at-bats behind the outfield triumvirate of Alex Gordon, Lorenzo Cain and Jorge Bonifacio, and it's likely that the speedy Burns will run into a similar issue. He's expected to provide most of his usefulness as a pinch runner or late-inning defensive replacement.

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    Royals' Billy Burns: Optioned to Triple-A

    Billy Burns was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Wednesday, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.Burns came off the bench in three games during his first stint with the Kansas City Royals this season, but with the team's outfield starters enjoying sound health, he wouldn't have been in line for regular at-bats anytime soon. The Royals recalled infielder Ramon Torres to fill Burns' spot on the active roster.

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    Royals' Billy Burns: Recalled from Triple-A

    Billy Burns was recalled from Triple-A Omaha prior to Saturday's game.The Kansas City Royals need a versatile, speedy bench outfielder in the short term, and Burns fits the bill. He was hitting .246/.358/.275 with 13 stolen bases and zero home runs in 165 plate appearances with Omaha. Jorge Soler was sent down in a corresponding move.

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    Royals' Billy Burns: Returns from thumb injury

    Billy Burns (thumb) was activated from the 7-day disabled list Sunday, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.Burns landed on the disabled list Tuesday after spraining his thumb during a game with Triple-A Omaha. He was able to recover quickly and will rejoin the fold in Omaha on Sunday. The speedy outfielder is currently sporting an 89 wRC+ with nine stolen bags through his first 29 minor-league contests.

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