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Cory Burns made his major league debut in 2012.

Burns was All-State at Mountain Ridge High School in Glendale, AZ as he went 10-1 with a 1.10 ERA and 120 strikeouts. He threw his school's first no-hitter. He was 0-2, 6.75 as a freshman at the University of Arizona in 2006 and improved to 3-1, 3.62 with two saves as a sophomore. His junior year, Cory was 3-0 with a 4.98 ERA. As a senior, he was 2-0 with a save, a 3.80 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 47 1/3 innings. The Cleveland Indians took him in the 8th round of the 2009 amateur draft. Byron Ewing was the scout.

Burns made his pro debut with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers and went 3-2 with 11 saves, a 1.93 ERA, 37 strikeouts and only 6 walks in 32 2/3 innings. Opponents hit only .157 against him and his WHIP was a mere 0.74. He was third in the New York-Penn League in ERA. In 2010, he was strong for the Lake County Captains (12 Sv, 2.30, 25 K in 15 2/3 IP) before being promoted to the Kinston Indians, where he continued to dazzle (1-2, 30 Sv, 1.83, 56 K in 39 1/3 IP after 48 games). Despite not starting the year in the league, he led the Carolina League in saves. His 30th came on September 5th in dramatic fashion - he teamed with Marty Popham and Chris Jones on a 10-inning no-hit shutout against the Potomac Nationals. He finished 13 ahead of Carolina League runner-up Donnie Joseph.

In 2011, he did well for the Akron Aeros, going 2-5 with 35 saves, a 2.11 ERA, 70 strikeouts in 59 2/3 innings and a WHIP just over one. He led the Eastern League in saves, 11 ahead of Noah Krol. On December 16, 2011, he was traded to the San Diego Padres in return for OF Aaron Cunningham. He started 2012 with the Tucson Padres. He went 1-2 with 3 saves and a 2.63 ERA after 53 games, striking out 77 and walking 16 in 65 innings while allowing a .193 average only. He was called up to the majors when Kip Wells was designated for assignment.

He made his major league debut with the Padres on August 4, 2012, relieving Brad Boxberger in the top of the 5th with a 4-1 deficit against the Mets. He walked David Wright, retired Ike Davis on a grounder, then allowed a single to Daniel Murphy and a walk to Mike Baxter to load the bases. He escaped the jam by fanning Andres Torres and getting Josh Thole to line out to deep center. The next inning, he fanned Jeremy Hefner, gave a Ruben Tejada single, then retired Jordany Valdespin. After an intentional walk to Wright, he was replaced by Alex Hinshaw, having given up no runs but five baserunners in 1 2/3 IP in his debut.

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