Jacob Michael Burger
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 210 lb.
- School Missouri State University
- High School Christian Brothers High School (St. Louis)
Third baseman Jake Burger was the 11th player picked overall in the 2017 amateur draft, as the first-round selection of the Chicago White Sox. he was coming off an excellent junior season at Missouri State University, where he had hit .328/.443/.648 with 22 homers and more walks (43) than strikeouts (38). He had been undrafted out of high school.
He started his professional career with the AZL White Sox, but was moved up to the Kannapolis Intimidators of the South Atlantic League after just four games. With Kannapolis, he hit .271/.335/.409 in 47 games. He was a non-roster invitee to spring training in 2018, but while playing in a Cactus League game on February 26th, he fell in running out a ground ball to third and tore his left Achilles tendon. The injury forced him to miss the entire season. As he explained: "Honestly, it felt like a gunshot. I went down and I kind of immediately knew something was wrong. There's nothing really to say. It sucks but I have to stay positive." To make things worse, he re-injured the tendon while walking around his backyard in early May and had to have surgery again.
Burger's father Mike played college baseball at the University of Evansville, where his mother was a tennis player.