Devin Burke, Darien High class of '09, has been selected to pitch in the Cape Cod Baseball League, one of the most prestigious and longest-running amateur leagues in the country. Being selected to play in the Cape League is an assuring sign for baseball prospectsone in seven of all players in Major League Baseball competed in the Cape League.
"He's certainly got potential," Burke's former high school baseball coach, Mike Scott, said. "It's one of those leagues if you go out there and have a good showing, you can almost write your ticket to pro baseball."
Notable alumni of the Cape League now in the majors include Jason Bay, Kevin Youkilis, Jason Varitek, Mark Teixeira, and Nick Swisher.
Burke, coming off his freshman year at Duke University, made his first Cape League start on Friday for the Wareham Gatemen. He pitched well in his first outing on Friday, going five innings, only allowing two earned runs, and striking out two. Burke was handed the loss, however, as the Gatemen failed to muster any offense against the Hyannis Harbor Hawks.
Burke was a star for the Darien High School baseball team logging a 1.75 ERA with 104 strikeouts in 64 innings as a senior in 2009. Burke was also named to the All-FCIAC East first team in his junior and senior year. Given Burke's stellar performances for Darien, Coach Scott is not that surprised the Cape League came calling.
"It's certainly a testament to the work that he's put in and certainly the type of player that he is," Scott said. "They don't just pick anybody. This is going to be a great opportunity and they're getting a great player."
Burke's next Cape League start comes on June 24 against the Chatham Anglers.
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