Rising senior baseball standout Chase Burns announced he would play his final year of high school baseball at Beech High School.
Burns, who is committed to the University of Tennessee, will transfer from Station Camp High School.
He says with his sister heading to college this year, the move made sense for him and his family.
“I am excited to make new friends and become friends with my new teammates at Beech,” Burns said.
Joining Burns at Beech will be former Bison teammate Luke Sinnard.
“Luke is a great guy who has gotten better every day. He is a great teammate, and I’m looking forward to (him) being at Beech,” he added.
“As far as right now, I do not feel like a comment on his status is justified,” Beech head coach Josh Carman said.
Carman added that he would not comment on Burns until his official enrollment papers are filed on August 3 with Beech High School.
Despite missing a critical junior season with the Bison, Burns has been busy this summer, and his stock has continued to rise.
Currently, he is projected as a late first to an early second-round pick in next season’s MLB draft. He adds that whatever opportunity is best for him at the end of his senior campaign will be the route he and his family will take.
“It’s hard not to see the projections,” he said. “I look at them from time to time, but at the same time, the rankings don’t matter too much. Ever since I was little, I wanted a chance to play in the big leagues, but I also have a great opportunity at the University of Tennessee.”
With summer nearly over and school ready to start back, Burns still has two games to play in he is looking forward.
He will play in the Perfect Game All-American Game on September 7 in Oklahoma City and the Under Armour All-American Game.
During his tryouts for the Under Armour game, Burns threw two innings, topping out at 101 mph - the fastest he has ever thrown a baseball. It was also a tryout record for the fastest pitched baseball in 26 years.
“I knew this would be a big year for summer ball, so I started training hard at Ward Performance Institute. Playing on a high caliber team with the Canes Nationals has helped, too. I knew I had good guys on that team, and it was up to me to make sure I performed for them.”
Burns has been training with Drew Hall and Tyler Mark at WPI, working on all his pitches, saying he wants to show he is a complete pitcher.
“I want to show that I am a pitcher who can tunnel pitches off each other and know what to do on each count and know what the batters think,” Burns said. “I want to show that I am an athlete on the mound.”
Currently, Burns’ fastball hits 99-100mph with his curve touching 78-80mph, his slider 86-88 mph, and his changeup hitting 85-88 mph.
As for the Buccaneers baseball team next year, Burns' goals are simple: advance as far as the team can and compete for the state tournament.
The Buccaneers pitching rotation will feature Chase Burns (UT commit), Luke Sinnard (WKU commit), and Zach McWilliams.