Going into 2009 Michael Burgess found himself at the top of the Nationals prospect list (#4) after mashing baseballs throughout the 2008 summer. Burgess smashed 24 homers in 2008, and was considered one of the top young power hitting talents in the low minors. 2009 however was not so kind to Burgess, as the 20-year-old found himself struggling just to compete at the same level he was stationed at just the year before.
Spending his entire season in high-A Potomac, Burgess only batted .235/.325/.410. His power remained, as he knocked 19 homers and drove in 71 runs, however his plate patience, the very thing he needed to improve, remained poor as he struck out 135 times to 54 walks. Burgess has moved down this list and will continue to do so if he doesn't start to show improvement. He possesses great athleticism and strength, but if he can't consistently hit minor league pitching than it will do him no good.
Burgess' Bio I wrote on his prospect report last year:
"Coming from Hillsborough High in Florida, Michael Burgess knows he hasn’t accomplished anything yet. A look at the list of notable alumni from the school that shares the same name of its town will tell you why. He has shared the same mound as flamethrowers Dwight Gooden and Baltimore Orioles closer Chris Ray. He has roamed the same outfield as sluggers Garry Sheffield, Carl Everett, and yes, Elijah Dukes. All of these names leave Michael Burgess as currently just a blip on the radar of immense baseball talent to come from the Hillsborough Terriers.