John Burke (burkejo04)
John C. Burke
- Bats Both, Throws Right
- Height 6' 4", Weight 220 lb.
- School University of Florida
- High School Cherry Creek High School
- Debut August 13, 1996
- Final Game July 10, 1997
- Born February 9, 1970 in Durango, CO USA
John Burke, who threw right-handed and was a switch hitter, was drafted a total of three times. In 1989, he was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 34th round (867th overall). In 1991, he was drafted by the Houston Astros in the first round (6th). In 1992, the year he decided to sign with a team, he was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the first round, 27th overall. He was the Rockies' first amateur draft pick.
Burke was primarily a starter in the minor leagues, where he had two really notable seasons. In 1993, with the Central Valley Rockies, Burke went 7-8 with a 3.20 ERA and 114 strikeouts in 119 innings. In 1995 with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, he went 7-1 with a 4.55 ERA. In 1994, Burke was the 49th top prospect in baseball, according to Baseball America.