Adopted: Dale Burdick

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Adopted: Dale Burdick

Postby A Boy Named Seo » Fri Jan 30, 2015 1:34 pm

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Getting back in the daddy game, yall.

I'm adopting the longest of shots, young Dale Burdick, the Mets final selection (40th round) of last year's draft ('14), #1195 overall.

He's a shortstop by trade (CALL HIM UP NOW!!!!) with a good shortstoppy build, stretched an even 6'0" tall, and weighing a proportionate 175 pounds. He's a fresh 19 years old, born in October of '95 when Mariah Carey ruled the Billboard charts on the back of this gem:



I was too busy wearing flannel and shit, while clinging to the dying grunge movement, and thusly don't remember one note of that heavenly song.

Dale, or as his bros from Tennessee call him, Delllll, is from lovely Spring Hill, and played high school ball for the Summit Spartans, where he hit .325 with a .600 OBP and looked like the product of a men's room romance between Bryce Harper and the Crow (via Brandon Lee, RIP).

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On June 14th, 2014, the Tennesseean wrote a story on Burdick being drafted, which included the interesting nugget that Toronto was about to take Dale 30 rounds earlier in the 10th, but Dale told the Blue Jays to "take off, eh", leaving him to think that he might have erred and would whiff completely on getting the call.

"I decided to pass on that and then I just thought, 'I just failed, I'm not going to get drafted,' " Burdick said. "Then the Mets drafted me in the last round, which I'm very thankful for and I started to realize the money is not what's going to get you to the majors. It's playing ability, your work ethic and everything around that. The money will come later. I'm just an 18-year-old kid and $150,000 is plenty for an 18-year-old kid."


Like that attitude, muh boy.


The Mets initially offered 100K, he was all, "whatever," then they finally agreed on 150K.

Dale was assigned to The Gulf Coast Mets where he shifted to 2nd base, wore the outrageous #77 like he's a left tackle for the Saints, and hit a rough .170/.336/.223 in 94 at bats. Here's his team photo, courtesy of minor league baseball/getty images:

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Lookin' good, son.


Two of my main pre-req's were that he's Twitter active (check) and Facebook-friendly (check).

Hopefully he can DO THE IMPOSSIBLE and go from the Mets own Mr. Irrelevant to the effing show someday.

Dale, welcome A-burdick.

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Re: Adopted: Dale Burdick

Postby Edgy MD » Fri Jan 30, 2015 2:47 pm

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Post o' the month, right there.

Way to sneak in and steal a talented, stupid, stupid kid, Mets.
I'll be your patron saint of heartbreak.

Re: Adopted: Dale Burdick

Postby A Boy Named Seo » Fri Jan 30, 2015 3:13 pm

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Yeah, a 10th round pick is different lettuce altogether. Duda was a 10th round pick in 07. So act like a 10th, not a 40th is clearly the key to everything here.

Dale is apparently already hard at work on his game in the DR.

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#dontforgetthebeans
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Re: Adopted: Dale Burdick

Postby A Boy Named Seo » Fri Feb 06, 2015 1:28 pm

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My bro don't wanna be my FB friend. :'-(
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Re: Adopted: Dale Burdick

Postby John Cougar Lunchbucket » Fri Feb 06, 2015 1:43 pm

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Keep after him. He's worth it.
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Re: Adopted: Dale Burdick

Postby A Boy Named Seo » Fri Feb 06, 2015 2:07 pm

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I think he must've seen my high school vortex pic and freaked.
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Re: Adopted: Dale Burdick

Postby A Boy Named Seo » Tue Jul 21, 2015 11:52 am

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My boy got called up. Not out of the question to think that a last round, flier-pick could toil on the low rungs of the minor league ladder and just flame out, but after a rough debut (.560 OPS in 122 PA) last year for the GCL Mets, he went .256 / .412 / .436 (.848!) in 14 games this year and got bumped up to Kingsport.

It's been a bit of a slog there, too, but Dale gets on base, if nothing else - .133 / .333 / .133 in his first 9 games. 7 walks will help that OBP, and his career On Base % now sits at a respectable .354 in 212 total minor league at bats. If he starts smacking the ball a little, who knows?

Turns out he's got a little Crash Davis in him, too, which bodes well for all of us.

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Re: Adopted: Dale Burdick

Postby A Boy Named Seo » Wed Sep 28, 2016 6:04 pm

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Checking in on my Mr. Irrelevant to see if he's been cut and now works at a Waffle House, but he's sticking around, and even had a cup of coffee at AA this year.

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Not sure how, really. He had a .343 OPS in 64 PA at low A and then a .671 at high A before he got the jump to Binghamton where he went hitless in 6 ABs. Maybe they saw his OPS jumped over 300 points and were all, "HOLY SHIT!" but didn't see where it jumped from.

His career slash lines across 3 seasons now stand at .193/.311/.293 (.604 OPS) in 528 PA. He's hit 5 homers, stolen 11 bags, and struck out 142 times.

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Must have a glove made of gold or saved Jeff Wilpon in Desert Storm. Some shit.

Cruising his twitter feed, it looks like he had a couple cool moments for Columbia, including a walk-off double in August and this pretty cool catch below:

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Looks like he turns 21 in a coupla weeks, so HBD, kid. Hope you make some strides and can keep playing baseball for money for as long as you can. His twitter bio sez "Chasing a dream". Keep chasing, just not out of the strike zone.
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Re: Adopted: Dale Burdick

Postby Edgy MD » Thu Sep 29, 2016 12:37 pm

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What's the name of the teammate who grabbed him as he was going down face first? Because the only Mariah song coming to my mind is "Hero."
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Re: Adopted: Dale Burdick

Postby A Boy Named Seo » Thu Sep 29, 2016 1:03 pm

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Edgy MD wrote:What's the name of the teammate who grabbed him as he was going down face first? Because the only Mariah song coming to my mind is "Hero."


Good Q. Burdick was shortstop, so I'm guessing 3bman. Can't get a good look at his number, so I'll just celebrate the 2nd Mariah Carey nod in this thread and leave it be.
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Re: Adopted: Dale Burdick

Postby A Boy Named Seo » Fri Apr 28, 2017 11:06 am

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My boy Dale is in AA starting his 4th professional season and is, if nothing else, a model of consistency. His .136/.224/.295 line thus far is a little lighter, but in accordance with his .188/.304/.293 career line. I read an interview with him where he was proud of his ability to play all 4 infield positions and hopes that versatility will help him down the road. Gotta get off the interstate before you can move on to the next road, sonny boy. Best of luck.

But for real, dude must have some kinda glove, no?
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Re: Adopted: Dale Burdick

Postby A Boy Named Seo » Tue Sep 05, 2017 2:54 pm

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Something weird keeps happening.

My adoptee keeps getting promoted despite numbers that would indicate promotion should be for other dudes.

He went .214 / .304 / .382 (.686 OPS) in 148 plate appearances with St. Lucie, which somehow got him promoted to AA Binghamton.

There, he went .227 / .322 / .347 (.669 OPS), in 87 plate appearances, which naturally got him promoted to AAA Vegas.

And at Vegas, he finished .182 / .308 / .364 (.671 OPS) in 13 scant plate appearances.

In 4 seasons, my dude, the 40th (last) round pick of the 2014 draft, #1195 overall, has defied all odds and climbed to the top rungs of the minor league professional baseball ladder with this career line:

.201 / .311 / .318 (.629 OPS).

He has played every infield position this year (but mostly second base). Like, I wanna put a change.org petition together to get this guy called up to Queens for an inning of defensive replacement work.

I make shitty jokes about your OPS, Dale, but you're almost there, dude. Keep going.
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