Oakland Athletics’ 2015 Team Award Winners

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Best Outfielder – Billy Burns

Sep 7, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics center fielder Billy Burns (1) hits a single against the Houston Astros during the third inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Billy Burns truly stepped up to the plate this year to fill some big shoes. With Coco Crisp on the disabled list, the A’s moved Sam Fuld to left field and decided to call up Burns to play in center. Burns was only suppose to be a temporary replacement, but ended up playing so well that he earned a permanent spot in the lineup. Not only did he fill in for Crisp in center field, but he also took over the lead off position in the lineup and excelled. For Burns, his debut season definitely left a great impression on the coaches and fans.

During his first year playing in the MLB, Burns hit .294 with 42 RBI. Additionally, his speedy base running allowed him to rack up 18 doubles, nine triples, and 26 stolen bases. Burns was doing so well during the first half that he was a strong contender for AL Rookie of the Year award. Even though his offensive production declined during the second half, he still provided a big boost for the struggling A’s.

Additionally, his aggressive playing style in center and his speed allowed him to cover the expansive outfield at the O.co Coliseum. He dove, jumped, and reached for every ball hit his way. He definitely threw caution to the wind sometimes, but seemed to be able to always make the play. Despite being 5’9” and 180 lbs, this rookie adequately defended center field. Burns really is the complete package and it will be great to see him grow with the Oakland Athletics over the next few years – that is if Oakland does not decide to trade him anytime soon.

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