Kendall Rogers of Yahoo Sports! has listed his top 10 college hitters of the 2000s, and a Kentucky native made the cut. Chris Burke, who graduated from St. X High School in Louisville in 1998, played collegiately at Tennessee from 1999-2001. Burke was a second-team Freshman All-American in 1999, third-team All-American in 2000 and first-team All-American in 2001.
Rogers writes of the 2001 Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, who he ranks ninth on his list: “It’s no surprise to anyone that Burke made it to the big leagues.” Burke batted .435 with 21 doubles, 11 triples, 20 home runs and 60 RBI his junior season before the Houston Astros selected him with the tenth pick in the 2001 draft. Burke spent most of last season in AAA with the Gwinnett Braves. (Read more)
Rogers ranked 2009 Louisville Bat Yonder Alonso tenth on his list.