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Jays Sign Four to Minor League Contracts
The 30-year-old Barker set a Syracuse franchise record for RBI in a month collecting 41 in 28 June games last season. After beginning the season in Double-A New Hampshire Barker hit .305 with 23 Home runs and 87 RBI in 91 games for Syracuse. He became the first Syracuse player with 350 or more at-bats to finish the season with a Batting Average over .300 since ORLANDO HUDSON (.305) in 2001. Barker's 114 RBI between New Hampshire and Syracuse last season tied the Blue Jays Minor League record for RBI in a season set by Tim Giles (Knoxville) in 1999. The 6'3", 200 lb first baseman was originally drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 3rd round of the 1996 draft and has appeared in 85 Major League games with the Milwaukee Brewers (1999-2000) and San Diego Padres (2002).
The 29-year-old Solano, spent the entire 2005 season with Syracuse hitting .243 with 3 HR and 22 RBI. Solano showed his versatility appearing in 57 games including 32 at second base, 15 at third base and eight at shortstop. In 2004 SOLANO appeared in nine games for Syracuse (.200-0-3) and spent the majority of the season with Blue Jays Double-A affiliate, the 2004 Eastern League Champion New Hampshire Fisher Cats hitting .234 with 1 HR and 22 RBI for new SkyChiefs manager Mike Basso. The 5'9" 170 lb infielder was originally signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Texas Rangers in 1996 and has no Major League experience.
The 28-year-old Burnside appeared in 50 games for Syracuse in 2005 tying him with Spike Lundberg for the team lead. The left-handed reliever held opposing left-handers to a .185 average and finished the season with a 4-4 record and a 2.98 ERA pitching 57.1 innings, striking out 45 opponents and walking 16. Burnside, a native of Alice Springs Australia, was a member of the Australian Olympic Baseball Team that captured a Silver Medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. The 6'3", 210 lb left-handed pitcher was originally signed as non-drafted free agent by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1995 and has no Major League experience.
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