Dean Michael Burk
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 6", Weight 220 lb.
- School McKendree College
- High School Highland High School
Dean Burk was drafted in the first round of the 1966 amateur draft by the Chicago Cubs. He was listed on the Cubs 1969 spring roster, but never pitched in the majors. Overall, Burk spent 7 years in the minors, with a 36-54 record.
Burk debuted in 1966 with the Treasure Valley Cubs, going 9-5 with a 2.54 ERA, fifth in the Pioneer League in the latter category. He tied three other hurlers for the league lead in victories. In 1967, Dean was with the Quincy Cubs (1-2, 10.20 in 4 games) and the Dallas-Fort Worth Spurs (1-7, 4.61).
Burk spent 1968 with the San Antonio Missions, going 9-12 with a 3.66 ERA. He led the Texas League with 12 complete games. He tied teammate Archie Reynolds for the TL shutout lead (5) but also tied Rudy May for the most gopher balls surrendered (17). On June 5, he threw a 7-inning no-hitter versus the Albuquerque Dodgers.
The next year, he was again the San Antonio workhorse. He won 12, lost 11 and had a 3.42 ERA while leading the TL in innings pitched (200) and tying Gary Ryerson for the most starts (30). He just missed the top 10 in ERA and was second in walks allowed (81), three behind Randy Cohen.
Burk was 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in six games for San Antonio in 1971 before he moved to the Philadelphia Phillies chain. He split the remainder of the year between the Reading Phillies (1-4, 6 Sv, 2.68) and Eugene Emeralds (9.90 ERA in 4 relief appearances).
Burk wrapped up with Reading in 1972, allowing 2 runs in 3 innings. He was 0-1 with one save.
Sources include 1967-1973 Baseball Guides