From the Cincy Post:

The Reds claimed right-handed pitcher Mike Burns off waivers from the Houston Astros Wednesday and said they would add him to the club’s 40-man roster.

Burns, 27, went 2-1 in 2005 with a 2.10 ERA and 13 saves in 25 relief appearances for Houston’s Class AAA Round Rock affiliate in the Pacific Coast League and pitched in 27 games out of the bullpen for the Astros.

He was selected by the Astros in the 30th round of the June 2000 first-year player draft. Burns was a Midwest League All-Star in 2002 and a Texas League All-Star in 2004.

Stats here.

Looks like he may have had an arm issue in 2003, that year he relieved in only 14 games, after having started 28 games the year before. He’s been a reliever since, and saw some time as a closer the last two years in the minors at AA and AAA. Looks like he doesn’t allow a lot of hits, gets his share of Ks, and walks very few. But he does appear to a bit prone to the long ball. I’m sure they are looking at him as a candidate for a middle/long man in the pen. Not a terrible pickup, as far as waiver wire pickups go.

Later,
Tom