TUCSON, AZ - Iona College baseball alum Chris Burke '12 was assigned to the San Diego Padres Triple-A Affiliate Tucson Sunday. Burke had previously been performing in the Padres' extended spring training program.
Burke appeared in one game for the San Diego Padres in spring training this March. He scored a run as a pinch runner and completed the game at third base against the Cleveland Indians on Mar. 28.
Burke was drafted in the 18th round of the 2102 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft last June. He played 10 games for the Padres' rookie league team, the Arizona Padres before completing the season at Single-A Eugene. He played 41 games for the Emeralds, during which he connected on his first professional home run.
Burke was named the 2012 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference player of the year on May 23. Burke contended for both overall and conference games’ Triple Crown this season hitting .351 with 11 home runs and 50 RBI in 53 games played and .409 with five home runs and 26 RBI in 23 MAAC contests. Overall, he finished fourth in hitting, second in RBI and second in home runs among MAAC performers. His 72 hits, 44 runs scored, 20 doubles, 127 total bases led the league while his .620 slugging percentage was second and 23 stolen bases ranked fourth.
Burke completed a remarkable career in the Top 10 in virtually every offensive category. He is Iona's all-time leading hits man (226) and ranks second in games played (188), at bats (689), runs batted in (138), and stolen bases (52). Burke is third in doubles (47) and home runs (31), fourth in runs scored (137), ninth in slugging percentage (.540) and 10th in bases on balls (73). His .328 career batting average ranks 14th in school history.