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Felipe Burin

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Felipe Augusto Burin Matos

  • Bats Both, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 10", Weight 160 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Felipe Burin was a minor league player.

Burin signed with the Seattle Mariners in May 2009; the scouts were Emilio Carrasquel and Hide Sueyoshi. He debuted in 2009 with the VSL Mariners, hitting .203/.276/.241 while fielding .909 at shortstop (his main position). As a utility infielder for the same club a year later, he picked his game up a notch, producing at a .335/.465/.440 clip with 40 walks and 41 runs in 58 games. He was 5th in the Venezuelan Summer League in runs, tied Carlos Aponte for the most walks, was 4th in average, ranked third in OBP and placed fourth in OPS.

In 2011, the Brazilian played 2B for the VSL Mariners (.381/.460/.538, 18 2B, 38 RBI in 41 G) and the AZL Mariners (.319/.391/.393 in 41 G). Had he qualified, he would have been second in the VSL in average, was 7th in RBI and ranked third in doubles. With the Pulaski Mariners in 2012, he fell to .214/.320/.255 in a utility role. That ended his minor league career.

He then made the Brazilian national team roster for the 2013 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers, going 2 for 7 with a RBI as their primary second baseman. His lone RBI came against Colombia, singling off Cristián Mendoza to drive in Reinaldo Sato. Brazil wound up qualifying for the 2013 World Baseball Classic, their first World Baseball Classic. He was 1 for 8 with a run in the Classic itself, his hit coming off Cuba's Ismel Jiménez. He helped Brazil win the Silver Medal at the 2015 South American Championship.

Burin signed with France's Toulouse Tigers for 2015 alongside fellow Brazilians Alan Fanhoni and Lucas Rojo. While they both were among the league's top hitters, Burin hit only .190/.284/.238 in 20 games, fielding .931. He did not make Brazil's team for the 2016 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers (they did not repeat in qualifying) but starred for Brazil in the 2016 South American Championship, hitting .500/.650/.857 with 5 runs, 6 RBI and 5 walks in four round-robin games then going 4 for 6 with 5 runs and 4 RBI in the semifinals and finals as Brazil won their first South American Championship in 11 years. In the round-robin phase, he led in OBP (.039 over Iago Januario) and average (tied with James Sommerville, Januario and Lucas Montalbetti), was third in slugging (behind Januario and Gustavo Roque), tied for 5th in hits (7) and tied Susumu Yoza, Rodney Medeiros and Daniel Catalan for 6th in RBI. He produced five runs in the Gold Medal game against Argentina. He finished the event at .550/.690/.800 with ten runs and ten RBI in six games. He was named the event's MVP.

He again dazzled at a South American Championship in 2018. He hit .550/.625/1.050 with 8 runs and 11 RBI in 6 games. He had 3 doubles, 2 triples and one homer. He was 3 for 4 in handing Argentina their only loss of the tournament. For the event, he tied for second in runs (with Alex Yun and Sebastián García, 4 behind Jacinto Cipriota), was second in RBI (one behind Cipriota as the two second basemen dominated the offensive leaderboards), tied for 4th in walks (4, even with Yun, Rafael Parra, James Sommerville and Fernando Peña), placed second in hits (2 behind Cipriota), tied Cipriota and Juan Martín for the most doubles, tied Erick Kimura for the most triples, tied for first in home runs, led in extra-base hits (double any other player), led in average (.008 ahead of Cipriota), led in slugging (.291 ahead of Yun) and led in OBP (.006 ahead of Ricardo Kirihara). In the Gold Medal Game, he hit 5th and was 1 for 2 with two walks as Brazil's most effective hitter in a 7-1 loss as his teammates were handcuffed by knuckleballer Diego Echeverría (the other players combined for 2 hits and 3 walks). Had Brazil won, he likely would have repeated as South American Championship MVP.

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