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Tulane's Collin Burns Chosen by the Baltimore Orioles in the Sixth Round of the 2021 MLB Draft

Jean-Baptiste Dickens

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Tulane University shortstop, Collin Burns, has been selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the sixth round of the 2021 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. He is the 167th overall pick in the draft that was revealed on Monday, July 12, 2021.

Burns, a redshirt sophomore, is the 125th player to be selected in the MLB Draft. With this selection, Burns will be reunited with former Green Wave players Joey Pursell (1980), Sam Amarena (1987), Todd Dyess (1994), and Robbie Conway (1994) as a Green Wave that the Orioles picked in the draft.

This marks the continuation of Green Wave's streak with at least one player chosen in the MLB Draft for ten consecutive years and the second straight season that the Orioles have selected a Tulane player after Tulane 's outfielder Hudson Haskin got chosen last year. If he accepts, he would join his former college teammate Haskin in the Orioles' minor-league affiliate teams.

Previously, Burns posted a breakout 2021 campaign with Tulane, as he established himself as one of the team's best players. He posted a .353/.410/.571 slash line and a .975 fielding average as a shortstop.

The Metairie, LA, native leads the Green Wave in hits (84), runs scored (55), doubles (20), triples (4), total bases (136), and stolen bases (20) last season. He also finished second in home runs with eight. He also compiles 50 putouts and 145 assists while only committing five errors.

Burns then continued his strong play into the postseason, as the Green Wave reaches the American Athletic Championship. He drove in Green Wave's only run when they lost to University of South Florida Bulls, 7-1, in the AAC Championship Semifinals back in May.

With this achievement, Burns was selected for the 2021 AAC All-Tournament team. He was also a finalist for the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year, the award for the best collegiate shortstops.

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