Saturday, February 9, 2008

Tech has an All-American

Baseball America makes no bones about its relationship with baseball scouts.

Never is it made more prevalent than in the preseason All-American teams picked by the magazine. The magazine certainly makes it known it prefers tools over production.

Case in point -- Louisiana Tech's Luke Burnett.

Wins and losses probably are more misleading in college baseball than at any other level. That said, Burnett's 5-8 mark probably wouldn't land him second-team All-America mentions anywhere other than Baseball America.

His tools, however, are unmistakable. Burnett is an imposing physical specimen at 6-foot-8. Factor in a high-octane fastball and you can bet not many college hitters are lining up to face the Carthage, Texas, native.

However, Burnett has yet to translate those tools into production. With numerous scouts likely staring down his every move this spring, there could be no better time for him to do that than now.


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