After a season that resulted in being named the Marlins 2021 Minor League Player of the Year, the former 2019 third round pick now finds himself on the verge of the major leagues.
Miami Marlins 2021 Season Review: OF Peyton Burdick
After a phenomenal 2019 season, combined with no minor league season a year ago, the 24-year-old outfielder would begin the 2021 campaign with Double-A Pensacola. Collecting only three hits across his first 12 games, Burdick would finish the month of May with one of the best stretches of any Marlins minor leaguer this season.
From May 18 to May 30, Burdick would slash .314/.352/.745 across 12 games with five home runs and 10 RBI’s. Collecting at-least one hit in 11 of those 12 games, the outfielder would also end the month of May on a nine-game hitting streak.
Enjoying similar success during the month of June, Burdick would post an .855 OPS with six home runs and 14 RBI’s across 25 games. However, the same would not occur in July as the outfielder posted only a .643 OPS, but Burdick did draw 24 walks.
After a down month, Burdick would bounce-back with a phenomenal month of August, arguably his best of the season. Appearing in 20 games, the 24-year-old would slash .351/.448/.622 with five home runs, as well as collecting 26 hits in 74 at-bats.
Ending the Double-A season with the Blue Wahoos in mid-September, Burdick would receive a call-up to Triple-A Jacksonville. Debuting on September 21, Burdick would appear in eight games with the Jumbo Shrimp collecting four hits in 28 at-bats, three of which were doubles.
For the 2021 season overall, Burdick would appear in 114 games combined between Double-A and Triple-A where he posted a .224/.367/.456 slash line with 23 home runs, 53 RBI’s, and nine stolen bases. Spending a majority of the season in center field, Burdick also saw time at both corner outfield spots as well.
In what was the largest single-season sample-size of his professional career, Burdick struck out a total of 146 times, but also drew an impressive 79 walks. Collecting a total of 90 hits in 401 at-bats, Burdick also had 20 doubles, two triples, and 76 runs scored.
As mentioned previously, Burdick also received multiple honors this season headlined by being named the Miami Marlins 2021 Minor League Player of the Year, as well as being the No. 14 ranked prospect in the Marlins system according to MLB Pipeline.
Looking ahead to next season, Burdick will likely begin the 2022 campaign in Triple-A Jacksonville, but is also a potential candidate to fill one of Miami’s outfield spots on the Opening Day roster. Regardless of where he begins the season, Burdick will likely factor-into the Marlins outfield plans at the major league level at some point next season.