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“When Darren Burton got on first base, we were pretty much guaranteed a run scored,” Wilson stated. His arm strength was unsurpassed. “Although, he was scouted at the major league level as a outfielder, Darren was a great high school pitcher,” Hines commented. “He had an overpowering fast ball and a good curveball. He was considered one of the best high school pitchers in the state of Kentucky after his senior year.” “His arm, as an outfielder, was ranked as the third best in all of the major league prospects at that time,” Hines stated. “He could throw from the centerfield wall to home plate like a bullet. And we didn’t really know how special his arm was until we got him on some even bigger fields.” His batting power was without equal. “When Darren hit the ball it made a unique sound like I have never heard before,” Wilson said. “You could actually hear the ball whistle as it whizzed into the outfield. He was one player that I moved back a little back in the coaching box when he came up to bat; he hit the ball that hard.” “He swung that bat like it was a wiffle ball bat,” Wilson added. “Darren could hit home runs and he hit a lot of them during his career, but he was a hard-hitting line drive gap hitter,” Hines said. “He hit to get on base, and then his speed would eventually get him home.” After a stellar high school career, Burton signed a letterof-intent to play collegiate baseball for Keith Madison’s

University of Kentucky Wildcats. However a few weeks later, Burton was drafted high in the major league draft. Burton decided to forgo college ball to play in the big leagues. Burton played 12 seasons in the Minor Leagues. Burton ended his professional baseball career Steve Cornelius with 98 homers, is the Sports 240 doubles, 1241 Editor for the hits, 545 RBI, 150 Commonwealth stolen bases and Journal 661 runs scored.

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