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Brian Burres: 25-Man Roster Candidate?

Brian Burres: 25-Man Roster Candidate?

Burres has pitched six strong innings this Spring, but the talent level hasn't been the best quality.

There has been some discussion about whether Brian Burres should be a candidate for the 25-man roster after his performance today, and his performance overall this Spring.  Burres threw two perfect innings against the Minnesota Twins this afternoon, which puts him up to six shutout innings this Spring, with three hits allowed, no walks, and four strikeouts.

A closer look at today's game shows that Burres faced Ben Revere, Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Danny Valencia, Matthew Brown, Matt Tolbert, and Brian Dinkelman.  Nishioka and Valencia are the only projected starters for the Twins in 2011.  Revere and Tolbert are projected bench players, and Brown and Dinkelman seems more like AAA depth.  That's not exactly plowing through the heart of the Minnesota system.

Looking back at his previous outing, Burres had a similar experience.  On March 4th he went up against Philadelphia, taking o...

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