From BR Bullpen
Michael John Burns
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 205 lb.
- School California State University, Los Angeles
- Debut May 13, 2005
- Final Game September 22, 2009
- Born July 14, 1978 in Westminster, CA USA
 Biographical Information
Pitcher Mike Burns was selected by the Houston Astros in the 30th round of the 2000 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Doug Deutsch and made his pro debut that summer with the Martinsville Astros. He was a Midwest League All-Star in 2002 with the Michigan Battle Cats, with whom he was 14-9 with a 2.49 ERA in 28 starts and a Texas League All-Star in 2004 with the Round Rock Express, with whom he went 11-3 with a 1.67 ERA and 9 saves.
Burns made his major league debut with the Astros in 2005 and was selected off waivers by the Cincinnati Reds after the season. The next year, he was traded to the Boston Red Sox for Tim Bausher. Following the 2007 season, he became a free agent and was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, but was let go by the end of spring training and signed on with the Chicago Cubs. He didn't pitch at all in the majors that year, but came back in 2009 when the Milwaukee Brewers offered him a contract. He made 15 appearances, including the only 8 starts of his big league career, and was 3-5, 5.75 while pitching a career-high 51.2 innings. However, he was released at the end of spring training in 2010.
Away from the diamond, Burns has a criminal justice degree and is a substitute teacher in the offseason.