Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 15, 2014

Versatility paying dividends for Burgess

PRINCETON — Carter Burgess knows that versatility is a good thing for a rookie infielder to display to the baseball powers that be.

In 16 games for the Princeton Rays, the 20-year-old Texan has played third base in 11 games and second base on six occasions.

“I’m pretty comfortable with being around the infield anywhere,” he said this week. “I don’t really have a favorite. They’re all fun.”

“They (the Tampa Bay organization) told me when I got signed that I’d was going to be playing everywhere, and just to be versatile. I think that’s going to help me in the long run, more than anything.”

At the break for the major league All-Star game, Burgess owns a .310 batting average, among the top 20 in the Appalachian League, and a .408 slugging percentage. He’s drawn six walks and struck out 12 times in 71 at-bats.

He chalked up his first professional home run on Saturday night at Hunnicutt Field against the Bluefield Blue Jays.

Burgess is a native of Houston. He was primarily a shortstop and did some pitching at Memorial High School. After a short stint at Rice University, he moved on to Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, “about an hour outside of Houston,” he said.

“I played shortstop my sophomore year, then in my junior year (this past spring), I moved over to third base.”

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