Levi Jared Burton
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 5", Weight 225 lbs.
- School Western Carolina University
- High School West Oak High School
- Debut April 4, 2007
Pitcher Jared Burton attended West Oak High School in his hometown of Westminster, South Carolina, before attending Western Carolina University. He was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 8th round of the 2002 amateur draft. Burton was signed by scout Kelly Heath and spent that season playing with the Vancouver Canadians of the Northwest League. He spent the next year with the Kane County Cougars, where he went 2-1 with a 2.27 ERA in 15 games before missing the last three months of the season with a shoulder injury. He missed the first half of 2004 with the injury as well before returning and pitching for the AZL Athletics and the Modesto A's. He played for the Stockton Ports in 2005 and saved 24 games, third best in the California League. In 2006, he advanced to the Midland RockHounds, where he posted a 4.14 ERA but only allowed 71 hits in 74 innings. Following the season, he was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 2006 Rule V Draft.
Burton made the 2007 Reds Opening Day roster and made his big league debut against the Chicago Cubs on April 4th. However, it was not a good performance, as he walked the only three batters he faced (one was subsequently caught stealing) before getting removed from the game. Still, he managed to stick with the Reds all season, pitching in 47 games with a record of 4-2, 2.71. He was back with the Reds in 2008 and pitched another 54 games, going 5-1, 3.22. In 2009, he was 1-0, 4.40 in 53 games. The reds were improving as a team while his ERA was rising year after year, and in 2010, he could not hold on to his spot in the bullpen. He only pitched 4 times in the majors, giving no hit or runs in 3 1/3 innings. He also spent most of 2011 in the minor leagues, being called up in September in time to pitch 6 times, getting no decisions and a 3.86 ERA. After the season, he became a free agent and signed with the Minnesota Twins for 2012.