Kentucky Wesleyan's Joe Burke Is On An Absolute Tear For DeLand

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If you follow college baseball closely, then you already know that Kentucky Wesleyan’s Joe Burke is among the top power hitters in the country.

Burke — who owns the KWC record for career home runs with 43 — was hitting .415 with six long balls and 15 RBI this spring before the season came to an abrupt halt.

But he has picked right up where he left off this summer, playing with the DeLand Suns of the Florida Collegiate Summer League.

Burke went 3-for-3 with his first homer of the season in a 6-4 victory over the Mavericks on Monday, and is hitting .750 (12-for-16) with 7 RBI through the team’s first five games.

Burke’s older cousin, Chris Burke, played six Major League seasons — best known for this 18th-inning, series-ending home run in Game 4 of the 2005 NLDS, which is to say, the big league lineage is certainly there, as well.

What’s more, the 6-4, 225-pound senior will get one more crack at his senior season once all is said and done, meaning the 2018 FCSL Home Run Derby champ will have an opportunity to extend his record-setting numbers at the college level before making his own run at an MLB future.

Now in his third season with DeLand, Burke was a second team All-FCSL selection in 2018 and an FCSL All-Star in 2019 — a season he capped by going 10-for-18 and reaching base 13 times during the playoffs.

Burke and the Suns are scheduled to be back at it against the Winter Park Diamond Dawgs tomorrow at 11 AM (EST) LIVE on FloBaseball.

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