Cory Burns promises there haven’t been any magic fixes or an overhaul to his pitching delivery.
He’s just being a little smarter and having more success now than he was in the beginning of the season.
A lot more success.
In his first 12 appearances this year, Burns gave up 11 earned runs. In the 32 appearances since, the former Arizona Wildcats right-hander has given up just eight.
He has a 0.73 ERA in his last 10 games and the former closer has embraced his setup role by not giving up a run in the eighth inning all season.
“For me, Burnsy is the MVP of the pitching staff so far,” Tucson manager Terry Kennedy said. “He’s done everything we’ve asked of him and more.
“He will have a chance at the next level. I have no doubt about that.”
Burns was traded to the San Diego organization from Cleveland in the offseason and has flourished in his new surroundings. All total, Burns has a 3.09 ERA in 55 1/3 innings and has 64 strikeouts to 15 walks this season.
The 24-year-old, who was an eighth-round pick of the Indians after playing for the Wildcats, recently chatted with the Star about his first professional season back in Tucson. Read it in Monday's Arizona Daily Star.