Decatur pitcher ready for shot as MLB prospect

Decatur pitcher ready for shot as MLB prospect

DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - It's been a wild but rewarding 24 months for Decatur Red Raiders senior pitcher Tanner Burns.

The Auburn Tigers commit burst onto the scene as a rising junior, and now his play has solidified him as one of the top 50 high school prospects for the upcoming major league draft.

"It's been crazy, but it's been fun. Been a lot of traveling, a lot of flying, I guess spending a lot of money for my parents. Hopefully, something good comes out of it. Playing baseball every day is fun. You can't beat that," said Burns.

All 32 MLB teams have come to watch Burns throw this season. Of course, his games bring a crowd, but the 6 foot, 212 pound right hander tries his best to focus on the mound.

"Yeah, I know it's there, but you can't worry about that. You have to play every game like it's your last. You don't know what the outcome is gonna be, so you know, I try to put it behind me, but it's there," he said.

Burns can swing the bat as well. He has recorded a number of home runs this season, as his team has clinched their area and will head to the playoffs.

"Everyone calls me a PO, but I like swinging it. I got a good pitch to hit, and it went over," he said.

The ultimate goal is to head to Montgomery and compete for a state championship. A number of Burns' teammates have grown up together and played their entire lives. What better way than to leave high school with a potential state title.

"We're all real close. We're all best friends. We worked hard over the fall. Hopefully, we put the pieces of the puzzle together. Hopefully, we keep winning and make it to Montgomery," he said.

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