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Alex James Burnett

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Alex Burnett made it to the majors in 2010.

Burnett was taken by the Minnesota Twins in the 12th round of the 2005 amateur draft. He was signed by scout John Leavitt and made his pro debut that year with the GCL Twins, going 4-2 with a 4.10 ERA. In 2006, he went 4-3 with a 4.04 ERA for the Elizabethton Twins and whiffed 71 in 71 1/3 innings while walking only 13. Baseball America rated him as the #15 prospect in the Appalachian League and Elizabethton had the league's best regular-season record.

The right-hander continued to improve with the 2007 Beloit Snappers, going 9-8 with a 3.02 ERA, helping the team to the Midwest League finals. He was 5th in the MWL in ERA. In '08, the Californian was 8-6 with a 3.76 ERA for the Fort Myers Miracle.

Moving to the bullpen, he was 2-1 with four saves and a 1.99 ERA for Fort Myers, allowing a .175 average and striking out 26 in 22 2/3 IP. He was called up to the New Britain Rock Cats, where he was 1-2 with nine saves and a 1.79 ERA over 40 games. He held opponents at AA to a .187 average. He held right-handers to a .150 average on the year and lefties to a .206 clip. Burnett had 3 saves and a 3.38 ERA for the Mesa Solar Sox that winter.

Alex made the 2010 Twins out of spring training, having never played in AAA. He debuted in a 10-1 rout of the Angels, relieving Jesse Crain in the 9th inning. He got Maicer Izturis and Mike Napoli on flies then set Robb Quinlan down on strikes for a fine entrance into the majors. He pitched 41 games in the majors that first year, all in relief, putting up a 5.29 ERA and a 2-2 record. He also pitched in 14 games at AAA Rochester, going 0-2, 5.49. He made the Twins' staff out of spring training again in 2011, but struggled early, was sent down to Rochester, the came back to Minnesota after 4 games in AAA. He pitched 66 games for the Twins in that sophomore year, with a poor 5.51 ERA and a 2-5 record.

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