KUSA - Kyle Freeland is the most recent local drafted in the first round by the Rockies, but not the only one. John Burke was the Rockies first, first pick back in 1992. Burke pitched for Cherry Creek High School, Freeland spent his high school days on the mound at Thomas Jefferson.
Burke was born in Durango, but Cherry Creek was his home in high school where he was a standout for the Bruins.
After graduation Burke played baseball at the University of Florida from 1990-1992. As a Gator he set team pitching records for most career strikeouts and most career strikeouts per inning. He also played in the 1991 College World Series.
Burke was actually drafted three times, but the 3rd time by the Rockies in 1992 was the charm. Burke was the Rockies first pick in 92 and the 27th overall.
On August 13, 1996 Burke made his big league debut as a 26 year old rookie. He played 28 games in all in the Majors with an ERA of 6.75. John Burke's career record in Major League Baseball was 4-6.
John Burke currently lives in Littleton.
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