South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 39: Dylan Burns

Mar 23, 2023 - 11:46 PM
Don’t ascribe Dylan Burns’ success in 2022 to being older — the hurler had never thrown a pitch in organized ball before June. | Kannapolis Cannon Ballers

Dylan Burns

Right-Handed Starting Pitcher
194 pounds
Age: 26
2022 High Level Kannapolis (Low-A)
Age relative to high level +3.3 years
SSS rank among all right-handed starting pitchers in the system 12
Overall 2022 stats 4-4 ⚾️ 16 games (15 starts) ⚾️ 79 IP ⚾️ 3.30 ERA ⚾️ 1.253 WHIP ⚾️ 82 K ⚾️ 29 BB

Hard-throwing righthander Dylan Burns signed as an undrafted free agent with the White Sox on May 19, 2022, after playing a partial season in 2021 with the Winnipeg Goldeneyes of the independent American Association. Burns pitched in six games with the Goldeyes, going 1-2 with a 5.59 ERA in 29 innings.

Burns played five seasons of NCAA Division I college ball at the University of South Florida. While playing for the Bulls in his senior year in 2021, he was named the Stampede of Champions Most Improved Player. He was also a crucial arm in securing the program’s first-ever American Athletic Conference Championship. His overall stat line in 64 collegiate appearances was 10-8 with a 4.77 ERA and a 1.494 WHIP in 179 1⁄3 innings pitched with a K/9 of 8.0.

After signing in 2022, the White Sox assigned Burns to the Arizona Complex League. He pitched there for most of the summer, appearing in 12 games, going 3-3 with a 3.97 ERA and a 1.322 WHIP in 59 innings, with a K/9 of 10.5. Burns was recognized as one of the Minor League Baseball Players of the Week for Aug. 2, 2022, with 9 2⁄3 IP, 8 H, 0 ER, 6 BB, and 10 Ks.

A few weeks after being named Player of the Week, the Sox promoted Burns to the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers, where he stayed for the remainder of the season. In four games with Kannapolis, Burns had solid numbers, going 1-1 with a 1.35 ERA and a 1.050 WHIP in 20 innings pitched, although he experienced a drop in his K/9 to 5.9.

The Cube isn’t blown away by Burns, but basically all ratings being above-average will work.

BurnsBaseball Cube player ratings
Durability 77
vs. Power 60
Hittable 60
K/BB 52
Walks 52
Strikeouts 49
Team Winning Percentage .501

Burns will most likely play most of his 2023 in High-A Winston-Salem, due to age if nothing else. Could he get a couple of prove-in starts in Kannapolis in April? Possibly. Could he soar to Birmingham by summer’s end? Ditto.

2023 South Side Sox Top 101 White Sox Prospects

39. Dylan Burns, RHSP
40. Gil Luna Jr., LHRP
41. Eric Adler, RHRP
42. Garrett Schoenle, LHSP
43. Lane Ramsey, RHRP
44. Caleb Freeman, RHRP
45. Hunter Dollander, RHSP
46. Chase Solesky, RHSP
47. Godwin Bennett, RF
48. Wilber Sánchez, SS
49. Tyler Neslony, LF
50. Mario Camilletti, 2B
51. Sammy Peralta, LHRP
52. Jacob Burke, CF
53. Moisés Castillo, SS
54. Victor Quezada, 3B
55. Edgar Navarro, RHRP
56. Craig Dedelow, RF
57. Darío Borrero, 1B
58. Michael Turner, C
59. Tyler Osik, 1B
60. Haylen Green, LHRP
61. Mark McLaughlin, RHRP
62. Terrell Tatum, LF
63. Shawn Goosenberg, 2B
64. Randel Mondesí, LF
65. Emerson Talavera, RHRP
66. Declan Cronin, RHRP
67. Fraser Ellard, LHRP
68. Colby Smelley, C
69. Ethan Hammerberg, RHRP
70. Lincoln Henzman, RHRP
71. Vince Vannelle, RHRP
72. Brooks Baldwin, 3B-2B
73. James Beard, CF
74. Gabriel Rodríguez, RHSP
75. Ronny Hernandez, C
76. Troy Claunch, C
77. Brooks Gosswein, LHSP
78. Tim Elko, 1B
79. Yoelvín Silven, RHRP
80. Trey Jeans, LHRP
81. Jerry Burke, RHSP
82. Carlos Jiménez, 1B
83. Mason Adams, RHSP
84. Frankeli Arias, LHSP
85. Ernesto Jaquez, RHSP
86. Laz Rivera, 3B
87. Xavier Fernández, C
88. Álvaro Agüero, CF
89. Ben Norman, RF
90. Erick Bello, RHRP
91. Adisyn Coffey, RHRP
92. Arnold Prado, RF
93. Alsander Womack, 2B
94. Johan Domínguez, RHSP
95. Evan Skoug, C
96. Noah Owen, RHSP
97. Javier Mora, 2B
98. Will Kincanon, RHRP
99. Yohemy Nolasco, RHSP
100. Billy Seidl, RHRP
101. José Rodulfo, RHRP

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