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Brian Burres (born April 8, 1981) is an American former professional baseball pitcher. Burres' best pitch is his changeup. He also has a high 80s-low 90 MPH fastball and a curveball. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays and Pittsburgh Pirates and in the CPBL for the Lamigo Monkeys.

Brian Burres
Burres with the Baltimore Orioles in 2008
Born: (1981-04-08) April 8, 1981 (age 38)
Oregon City, Oregon
Batted: Left Threw: Left
Professional debut
MLB: September 8, 2006, for the Baltimore Orioles
CPBL: March 24, 2013, for the Lamigo Monkeys
Last appearance
MLB: September 28, 2011, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
CPBL: 2013, for the Lamigo Monkeys
MLB statistics
Win–loss record18–25
Earned run average5.75


Burres attended Sam Barlow High School in Gresham, Oregon, where he was named both Conference Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year in 1999, his senior year. Burres went on to play at Mount Hood Community College, being drafted by the San Francisco Giants after one year.

Professional careerEdit

San Francisco GiantsEdit

He was originally drafted by the San Francisco Giants. He was in the Giants' system for three years. Following the 2005 season, the Giants signed utility infielder José Vizcaíno. They made room for Vizcaíno on the roster by designating Burres for assignment. He pitched for the Connecticut Defenders prior to being designated. He was later released.

Baltimore OriolesEdit

Burres was picked up on waivers by the Baltimore Orioles. Burres never cleared waivers, so the Orioles released him. Six days later, he was assigned to Triple-A Ottawa.

He made his major league debut with the Orioles in 2006, but spent most of that season with AAA Norfolk. He was promoted to the Orioles for most of the 2007 season. Burres was named the fifth starter in the Orioles rotation to open the 2008 season, after a competition in spring training with teammate Matt Albers.

In 2009, however, Burres was designated for assignment to make room for Rich Hill on the roster.

Burres with the Las Vegas 51s, AAA affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, in 2009

Toronto Blue JaysEdit

On February 4, 2009, Burres was claimed by the Toronto Blue Jays.[1]

Burres spent spring training 2009 with Toronto, and was assigned to Triple-A Las Vegas 51s. With Toronto dealing with early-season injuries to several pitchers, Burres was recalled to the majors by the Jays on April 24, 2009, and made his first appearance for Toronto the next day, starting on the road against the Chicago White Sox. He wound up as the losing pitcher, but held the White Sox to two runs through the first four innings, before struggling in the fifth inning, when he left the game. Jays' manager Cito Gaston stated that Burres would remain in the rotation until several of Toronto's injured pitchers make their return to active duty.

Pittsburgh PiratesEdit

On January 4, 2010, Burres signed a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates with an invite to spring training. He was non-tendered after the season.

Return to San FranciscoEdit

On December 19, 2011, Burres returned to the team that drafted him by signing a minor league deal with an invite to spring training.

Lamigo MonkeysEdit

On February 4, 2013, after little interest from MLB and NPB teams, Burres signed with the Lamigo Monkeys of the CPBL in Taiwan.[2]

Southern Maryland Blue CrabsEdit

After pitching the previous season in Taiwan and not receiving a major league offer, Burres signed a contract to pitch for the Blue Crabs.

Colorado RockiesEdit

Burres pitching for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, AAA affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, in 2014

On June 9, 2014, Burres signed a minor league contract with the Rockies.[3]

Southern Maryland Blue CrabsEdit

Burres re-signed with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs for the 2015 season. He became a free agent after the 2015 season. He resigned on April 5, 2016. He became a free agent after the 2016 season.

Personal lifeEdit

Brian has an identical twin brother, Greg, who resides in the Pacific Northwest. Brian is the son of Nancy and Kirk, and has two other brothers, Kevin and Patrick. Brian married Lacy on the July 14, 2014 episode of Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta.


  1. ^ "Blue Jays claim Burres". February 4, 2009. Archived from the original on February 8, 2009. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  2. ^ Nicholson-Smith, Ben (February 4, 2013). "Minor Moves: Buschini, Burres, Pineiro". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
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