Burke Pitches Way to All-Star Game This Time

Published 06/18 2012 09:56PM

Updated 06/18 2012 10:16PM

WMBD/WYZZ-TV - PEORIA, Ill. -- Shortly after Kyler Burke made the 2009 Midwest League All-Star team as an outfielder, he had a conversation with the Cubs about hs future.

"It was two spring trainings ago. They said it might be in your best interests to pitch," said Burke. "I said, let's do it. It was slow at first but now it's going well."

So the big guy with the big arm was moved from left field to the mound. And the transition has gone so well, he's going back to the All-Star game as a pitcher.

"It's been a whirlwind the past couple years getting converted. I work hard everyday, go about your business and good things will happen," Burke said.

The lefty is one of four Chiefs headed to Tuesday's All-Star game at Kane County.

"You would never guess he's doing as well as he is," said catcher and fellow All-Star Rafael Lopez. He's very laid back, relaxed. You'd never guess the success he's having on the field."

It's been five years sine Burke was a pitcher on a regular basis, that was in high school. But he says studying pitchers for five years is now providing him with invaluable information because he's now a pitcher trying to get hitters out.

"I studied how pitchers were trying to attack me. I used that but now I'm trying to attack the hitters," said Burke. "It's completely different than playing every day. Now I pitch once every five days.You have to figure out how to keep your mind clear on your off days."

New position, same success for Burke. He's the first Chiefs player in history to be an All-Star at two positions.

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