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Brian Burres (born April 8, 1981 in Oregon City, Oregon) is a left-handed starting pitcher who plays for the Baltimore Orioles in Major League Baseball. Burres' best pitch is his changeup, which is highly regarded. He also has a high 80s-low 90 MPH fastball and a decent curveball.
He was originally drafted by the San Francisco Giants. He was in the Giants' system for three years. Following the 2005 season, the Giants signed utility infielder José Vizcaíno. They made room for Vizcaíno on the roster by designating Burres for assignment. He pitched for the Connecticut Defenders prior to being designated. He was later released and picked up on waivers by the Orioles. Burres never cleared waivers, so the Orioles released him. Six days later, he was assigned to Ottawa.
Brian attended Sam Barlow High School in Gresham, Oregon where he was named both Conference Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year in 1999, his Senior Year. Burres went on to play at Mt. Hood C.C. for two years, getting drafted by the Giants after one.
Brian has an identical twin brother, Greg, who resides in the Pacific Northwest. Brian is the son of Nancy and Kirk, and has two other brothers, Kevin and Patrick.
Brian was named the fifth starter in the Orioles rotation to open the 2008 season after a competition in Spring Training with teammate Matt Albers.
- Baseball-Reference.com - Major league career statistics