To say Weatherford’s Beau Burrows has been busy this summer would be an understatement.
Most recently, the Kangaroos pitcher was selected to the 25-man roster for the West at the Perfect Game All-American Classic Showcase. The game takes place at 7 p.m., Aug. 10, at Petco Park in San Diego.
Though it’s his fourth time to be invited to attend, it is the third time he has actually made the roster.
“I was really excited because I basically get to play with all the best players in the country and it’s on national television,” Burrows said.
Burrows was selected after attending the Perfect Game Showcase in Florida, where he lit up the mound. On it’s website, Perfect Game said Burrows “electrified the mound” by throwing a 96 mph fastball as his first pitch, the fastest at the National Showcase at that point.
The game recap went on to say that during the first of two innings, Burrows’ fastball “constantly stayed at 95-96 mph” and that he “constantly overpowered hitters with his fastball and finished his short inning outing with three strikeouts. His fastball never dipped below 93 mph, and along with his fastball, he also displayed an above average curveball, PG scouts reported.”
Burrows wasn’t the only Texas pitcher to make the team. Two others - one from Spring and another from the The Woodlands - are on the West roster.
“Myself and a few other guys..we just have that velocity that stands out,” Burrows offered as an explanation. “[It] helps us Texas boys get picked for the show.”
In an interview for Perfect Game’s feature, Burrows said his fastball has been a lot of hard work. During his first PG tournament, the 2011 14u PG BCS Finals, his fastball topped out at 82 mph. The following year, his fastball topped out at 89 mph and in 2013 at the 16u WWBA National Championship, Burrows reached 96 mph. As his body has matured over the past couple years, his fastball has developed more velocity.
“I remember when I threw 82, I was a lot younger and immature and I started lifting a lot more, eating right, I started gaining weight and working on my mechanics,” Burrows said. “So I felt like I gained progress in my body. My body is maturing so I feel like that’s why I’ve gained velocity throughout the years.”
Back at home for a short time over the weekend, Burrows said he was traveling again this week to the Texas All-Star Game in San Antonio and to California for the Area Code Games and then the Perfect Game National Showcase.
“I haven’t been home a lot this summer,” he said. “I just got back from a twp-week trip to North Carolina and South Carolina, then went to Arizona for the PG World Series.
“I am having a blast; been staying busy and I am doing very well.”
At the end of last season, Burrows said he hoped to work on some extra pitches like his change-up and his slider. His work with the several teams and tournaments this offseason has helped him with that.
“I’ve been working on myself a lot,” he said. “It’s coming along really well.”
David Rawnsley, National Director of Scouting for Perfect Game, said during the selection show that Burrows was a strong addition to the West roster.
“He is a good ole boy with a Texas drawl and the confidence to go with it,” he said. “He is a classic, hard-throwing Texan who just rears back and fires.”
Though he still has his senior year to go, Burrows has committed to Texas A&M, a school he has loved since he was a kid. He plans to major in business and, in an earlier interview with Weatherford Star-Telegram, said he fell more in love with the school when he went on an unofficial visit.
“I walked around the campus and I just love everything about it...I love the coaches, [they] are awesome,” he said. “I love the field, the stadium there, it’s beautiful. I just love it there.”
Also an avid Texas Rangers fan, Burrows said when he isn’t playing baseball, he likes to spend time with his friends. But with two younger brothers also involved in multiple sports, including baseball, Burrows said it’s mainly “baseball all the time” and that suits him just fine, as long as he continues to improve his game.
Though he hasn’t been able to get a lot of down time from baseball, Burrows said he and some of the guys he has been playing with will go out to eat or catch a movie when they have some off time.
As part of his participation in the PG National Showcase, Burrows is raising money for Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. Each player is attempting to get $2,000 as a Miracle Maker and will visit the hospital before playing in the game.
“We all go as a group and play with the kids, talk to them and spend time with them,” Burrows said. “It’s very rewarding.”
To donate, visit http://miraclemakers2014.
Because it doesn’t seem as if downtime is anything Burrows enjoys, he will be in Houston on Aug. 21 competing for a spot on the USA Team that will travel to Mexico and play.
“I’m very excited for that,” he admitted.
Burrows is currently ranked No. 15 nationally for the class of 2015, No. 3 right-handed pitcher, and No. 3 prospect in Texas for the 2015 class.
Since the inception of the showcase in 2001, Perfect Game boasts 159 alumni are currently playing in Major League Baseball. Close to 1,500 players who attended this event have gone on to get drafted and 2,619 have committed to colleges.
Burrows will be among some of the best high school baseball talent in the country attending the showcase, which has included professional baseball players Jose Fernandez, Manny Machado, Gerrit Cole, Jason Heyward, Andrew McCutchen, Buster Posey, Justin Upton, and many more.
Perfect Game is the largest independent scouting service in baseball, holding over 100 tournaments and showcases each year across the country. Perfect Game is dedicated to giving amateur players exposure to take their game to the next level, whether that be college or the professional ranks. Perfect Game reports to all 30 MLB organizations and all the top college programs in the nation. To date, over 550 players that have played in PG events have also played in the Major Leagues.