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2015 MLB Draft: San Francisco Giants Draft RHP Jeff Burke In 32nd Round

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Sandwiched between John Gorman and Blake Butera was another right-handed pitcher and second BC pick by San Francisco.

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In the Major League Baseball draft, picks come fast and furious, with whole rounds taking minutes as teams rattle off their next selection.

So it's easy to see why one of the more overlooked members of the Boston College pitching staff might've been missed, including by us.

Jeff Burke, a right-handed pitcher currently recovering from Tommy John surgery, was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 32nd round, 966th overall, the second Eagle selected by the defending World Champions after they took Chris Shaw with the 31st overall pick.

An integral part of the BC rotation in 2014, he began 2015 at the front end of the weekend rotation until he was felled by his injury in April. Before being injured, he pitched BC to back-to-back wins over NC State and Duke, closing out the season with a 2-3 record and a 4.85 ERA. A pure power pitcher, he averaged over four strikeouts an outing, registering 30 K's to just 17 walks. He averaged just under six innings per start, throwing 39 innings in his eight appearances while holding opponents to under .300 hitting on the season.

Burke went 2-5 last season with a 5.17 ERA, throwing 69.2 innings as the Sunday starter for BC. He dealt with some control issues, walking 33 men compared to his 39 strikeouts. Still, he held opponents to a .265 batting average, a 50 point drop from his freshman season when he pitched 24 games predominantly out of the bullpen.

Burke will be the interesting case study for the Eagles this summer, as he has a month to decide if he's going to return to The Heights next year or not. He is not playing summer baseball while he recovers from his injury and could re-enter the draft next season after his senior year. He is likely to be one of the weekend starters for BC alongside Mike King, who will also be draft eligible following the 2016 campaign.

Burke was the second player taken on the day for BC, one of four Eagles, both active and incoming, selected on the final day of the MLB Draft. Four active Eagles were taken, including two (including Burke) by the San Francisco Giants. But unlike Chris Shaw, who was taken on the draft's first day, or graduated seniors John Gorman and Blake Butera, Burke will have a case if he decides to not sign with the Giants.

The MLB Draft lasted 40 rounds this season and 1,215 picks.

Congratulations to Jeff on his selection, and best of luck with the decision making process as well as his continued rehab from surgery!