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2018 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 31)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
250 .227 5 27 24 6 .227 0.0
Birth Date3-31-1987
Height6' 1"
Weight175 lbs
Age30 years, 10 months, 24 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
0.92014
-0.32015
0.12016
0.02017
0.02018
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2010 ANA 23 51 193 181 19 37 6 4 6 69 6 40 2 1 3 15 10 3 .204 .237 .381 .221 -0.7 8.0 0.8
2011 ANA 24 147 552 502 72 136 26 11 12 220 32 124 10 1 7 43 22 9 .271 .327 .438 .278 31.4 -7.0 2.6
2012 ANA 25 101 195 168 27 37 7 0 3 53 15 44 3 3 6 19 3 1 .220 .291 .315 .231 1.6 8.2 1.0
2013 ANA 26 55 196 175 26 48 3 3 3 66 10 43 6 1 4 12 6 0 .274 .333 .377 .259 7.3 -2.2 0.6
2014 SLN 27 119 294 264 32 61 9 5 4 92 20 78 4 1 24 9 3 .231 .294 .348 .242 6.7 1.3 0.9
2015 SLN 28 117 225 195 32 39 8 3 4 65 19 59 6 1 4 13 5 8 .200 .290 .333 .228 0.2 -2.9 -0.3
2016 PHI 29 123 383 355 40 89 20 7 5 138 17 91 4 1 6 23 6 4 .251 .292 .389 .251 4.3 -3.8 0.1
2017 TBA 30 100 203 188 27 42 9 3 5 72 12 53 1 1 1 15 5 4 .223 .272 .383 .242 1.6 -1.5 0.0
Career813224120282754898836427751315323610311646632.241.298.382.25052.60.25.6

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2006 ORM Rk 65 279 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .372 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 CDR A 63 270 .299 .252 .326 .372 .261 .328 93 11.8 8.3 0.7 2.5 1.6 22.4 2.5 22.4 2.5
2007 ANG Rk 4 17 .300 .241 .344 .342 .254 .357 106 0.8 0.5 -0.1 0.5 -0.8 0.4 0.1 0.4 0.1
2008 RCU A+ 121 545 .274 .279 .348 .428 .276 .345 99 8.3 16.1 1.3 -7.8 6.8 32.6 2.5 32.6 2.5
2009 ARK AA 110 504 .278 .267 .346 .394 .251 .321 106 9.4 14.2 1.2 11.9 3.4 28.2 4.2 28.2 4.2
2010 ANA MLB 51 193 .221 .251 .314 .397 .249 .228 102 -7.7 5.3 0.5 8.0 1.1 -0.7 0.8 -0.7 0.8
2010 SLC AAA 102 455 .296 .281 .352 .441 .272 .358 101 18.5 13.7 1 4.8 7.2 40.4 4.3 40.4 4.3
2011 ANA MLB 147 552 .278 .256 .318 .402 .260 .338 98 9.6 14.9 1.3 -7.0 5.6 31.4 2.6 31.4 2.6
2012 ANA MLB 101 195 .231 .260 .321 .426 .267 .274 96 -5.7 5.3 0.5 8.2 1.5 1.6 1.0 1.6 1.0
2012 SLC AAA 7 32 .289 .255 .307 .400 .242 .391 107 1.1 1.0 -0.2 0.9 1.5 3.3 0.4 3.3 0.4
2013 ANA MLB 55 196 .259 .260 .322 .411 .271 .346 95 -0.2 5.2 0.5 -2.2 1.9 7.3 0.6 7.3 0.6
2013 SBR A+ 3 11 .362 .270 .334 .442 .278 .250 95 1.2 0.3 -0.1 0.1 0.0 1.5 0.2 1.5 0.2
2013 SLC AAA 12 55 .248 .262 .341 .403 .270 .286 109 -0.7 1.6 -0.3 0.6 0.9 1.4 0.2 1.4 0.2
2014 SLN MLB 119 294 .242 .247 .309 .380 .258 .311 103 -5 7.6 0.7 1.3 3.5 6.7 0.9 6.7 0.9
2015 SLN MLB 117 225 .228 .251 .314 .389 .258 .263 99 -7 6.1 0.5 -2.9 0.7 0.2 -0.3 0.2 -0.3
2016 PHI MLB 123 383 .251 .254 .318 .411 .264 .323 93 -3.6 10.8 -3.6 -3.8 0.8 4.3 0.1 4.3 0.1
2016 LEH AAA 5 19 .266 .242 .291 .335 .231 .333 96 0.1 0.5 -0.3 0.7 0.1 0.5 0.1 0.5 0.1
2017 TBA MLB 100 203 .242 .244 .316 .410 .253 .282 98 -3.9 5.9 -0.7 -1.5 0.3 1.6 0.0 1.6 0.0
2017 PCH A+ 3 12 .138 .250 .324 .382 .263 .000 89 -1.5 0.3 -0.1 -0.1 0.0 -1.3 -0.2 -1.3 -0.2

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2006 ORM Rk 279 42 73 16 7 5 28 22 67 13 5 .292 .348 .472 .180 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 ANG Rk 17 3 5 0 1 0 2 1 2 0 0 .312 .353 .438 .125 .300 0.4 0.5 0.1
2007 CDR A 270 37 65 9 6 5 29 20 53 19 9 .274 .336 .426 .152 .299 22.4 2.5 2.5
2008 RCU A+ 545 83 150 29 10 9 51 19 96 50 10 .295 .326 .444 .149 .274 32.6 -7.8 2.5
2009 ARK AA 504 72 123 16 14 6 51 49 77 32 12 .281 .351 .423 .142 .278 28.2 11.9 4.2
2010 ANA MLB 193 19 37 6 4 6 15 6 40 10 3 .204 .237 .381 .177 .221 -0.7 8.0 0.8
2010 SLC AAA 455 85 130 13 12 13 52 24 78 27 5 .314 .363 .498 .184 .296 40.4 4.8 4.3
2011 ANA MLB 552 72 136 26 11 12 43 32 124 22 9 .271 .327 .438 .167 .278 31.4 -7.0 2.6
2012 SLC AAA 32 4 9 1 3 0 3 3 6 0 0 .310 .375 .552 .241 .289 3.3 0.9 0.4
2012 ANA MLB 195 27 37 7 0 3 19 15 44 3 1 .220 .291 .315 .095 .231 1.6 8.2 1.0
2013 ANA MLB 196 26 48 3 3 3 12 10 43 6 0 .274 .333 .377 .103 .259 7.3 -2.2 0.6
2013 SLC AAA 55 13 10 4 0 2 7 4 19 0 0 .208 .291 .417 .208 .248 1.4 0.6 0.2
2013 SBR A+ 11 3 3 0 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 .273 .273 .727 .455 .362 1.5 0.1 0.2
2014 SLN MLB 294 32 61 9 5 4 24 20 78 9 3 .231 .294 .348 .117 .242 6.7 1.3 0.9
2015 SLN MLB 225 32 39 8 3 4 13 19 59 5 8 .200 .290 .333 .133 .228 0.2 -2.9 -0.3
2016 LEH AAA 19 2 5 0 0 1 2 1 5 0 0 .278 .316 .444 .167 .266 0.5 0.7 0.1
2016 PHI MLB 383 40 89 20 7 5 23 17 91 6 4 .251 .292 .389 .138 .251 4.3 -3.8 0.1
2017 PCH A+ 12 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 .083 .083 .333 .250 .138 -1.3 -0.1 -0.2
2017 TBA MLB 203 27 42 9 3 5 15 12 53 5 4 .223 .272 .383 .160 .242 1.6 -1.5 0.0

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2010 700 0.5871 0.4200 0.7653 0.4866 0.3253 0.8600 0.5638 0.2347 332 0.003592
2011 1990 0.5075 0.4467 0.7244 0.5881 0.3010 0.8283 0.5153 0.2756 851 0.003263
2012 748 0.5160 0.3944 0.7729 0.5415 0.2376 0.8708 0.5349 0.2271 351 0.001366
2013 723 0.5228 0.4122 0.7584 0.5661 0.2435 0.8458 0.5357 0.2416 318 0.013276
2014 1100 0.4900 0.4464 0.7271 0.6178 0.2816 0.8709 0.4241 0.2729 461 0.004686
2015 801 0.4919 0.4831 0.7132 0.6574 0.3145 0.8301 0.4766 0.2868 325 0.006921
2016 1312 0.4878 0.5259 0.7072 0.7031 0.3571 0.8400 0.4583 0.2928 0 0.000000
2017 782 0.4616 0.4783 0.7086 0.6759 0.3088 0.8033 0.5308 0.2914 0 0.000000
Career81560.5050.45590.73040.61090.30070.84190.49930.2696390.60530.0037

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-05-24 2014-05-26 DTD 2 2 - General Medical Illness -
2014-03-03 2014-03-09 Camp 6 0 - Thigh Tightness - -
2013-09-04 2013-09-30 DTD 26 25 Right Wrist Surgery Chip Fracture 2013-09-10 -
2013-06-30 2013-08-16 15-DL 47 39 Right Wrist Fracture HBP - -
2013-06-24 2013-06-29 DTD 5 4 Left Thumb Sprain Sliding Into Second Base - -
2013-04-30 2013-06-10 15-DL 41 38 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2012-09-12 2012-09-20 DTD 8 7 - General Medical Illness GI - -
2012-08-19 2012-09-03 15-DL 15 13 Right Wrist Soreness Since Being HBP In March - -
2011-07-08 2011-07-23 15-DL 15 11 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2011-03-11 2011-03-15 Camp 4 0 Right Groin Strain -
2009-10-15 2009-10-15 Minors 0 0 Left Wrist Surgery Ligament 2009-10-15
2009-07-14 2009-07-17 Minors 3 0 Ankle Infection Insect Bite -
2009-06-04 2009-06-24 Minors 20 0 Left Wrist Sprain -
2008-06-06 2008-06-16 Minors 10 0 - Not Disclosed - -
2007-05-14 2007-07-23 Minors 70 0 - Not Disclosed - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2018 CHN $
2017 TBA $1,350,000
2016 PHI $2,000,000
2015 SLN $1,650,000
2014 SLN $1,200,000
2013 ANA $512,500
2012 ANA $500,000
2011 ANA $414,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
7 yrPrevious$7,626,500
7 yrTotal$7,626,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
7 y 62 dDishman Sports Group1 year (2018)

Details
  • 1 year (2018). Signed by Chicago Cubs as a free agent 2/2/18 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2017). Signed by Chicago White Sox as a free agent 1/27/17 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1.35M in majors. Acquired by Tampa Bay in trade from Chicago White Sox 3/28/17. Contract selected by Tampa Bay 4/1/17.
  • 1 year/$2M (2016). Claimed by Philadelphia off waivers from St. Louis 12/2/15. Signed by Philadelphia 12/2/15 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$1.65M (2015). Signed by St. Louis 1/15/15 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$1.2M (2014). Signed by St. Louis 1/17/14 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.5125M (2013). Re-signed by LA Angels 3/2/13. Acquired by St. Louis in trade from LA Angels 11/22/13.
  • 1 year/$0.5M (2012). Re-signed by LA Angels 3/3/12.
  • 1 year/$0.414M (2011). Re-signed by LA Angels 3/1/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Contract purchased by LA Angels 11/19/09. Re-signed 2/10. Optioned to Triple-A 4/3/10.
  • Drafted by LA Angels 2005 (10-313) (Notre Dame HS, Scottsdale). $0.325M signing bonus.

2018 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 311 38 74 13 4 8 34 25 78 8 6 .269 .339 .433 .268 11.3 CF 0, LF -1 1.1
80o 290 34 66 12 4 7 30 22 75 7 5 .256 .325 .415 .254 6.5 CF 0, LF -1 0.6
70o 275 31 60 11 3 6 28 20 72 7 5 .245 .311 .388 .245 3.4 CF 0, LF -1 0.3
60o 262 29 55 10 3 6 26 18 70 6 4 .234 .298 .379 .236 1.0 CF 0, LF -1 0.0
50o 250 27 51 9 3 5 24 17 68 6 4 .228 .293 .362 .229 -1.0 CF 0, LF -1 -0.2
40o 238 25 47 8 3 5 22 15 65 5 4 .220 .279 .355 .221 -2.9 CF 0, LF -1 -0.4
30o 225 23 42 8 2 4 20 14 63 5 3 .207 .267 .325 .213 -4.7 CF 0, LF -1 -0.6
20o 210 20 38 7 2 4 18 13 59 4 3 .200 .261 .321 .203 -6.5 CF 0, LF -1 -0.8
10o 189 17 32 6 2 3 15 11 55 4 3 .186 .242 .297 .190 -8.4 CF 0, LF 0 -1.0
Weighted Mean2552853103525176964.231.295.367.232-0.2CF 0, LF -1-0.1

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2018 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
20193224025479352417685.217.283.353.225-0.2-1.60.8-0.16.4-8.7-0.6
20203324526499352416684.225.287.360.226-0.2-1.50.8-0.16.6-8.7-0.6
20213422623438252215663.214.278.345.221-0.4-2.80.7-0.26.1-9.4-0.5
20223519921387242014573.219.284.355.226-0.2-1.40.6-0.25.4-7.1-0.5
20233619220387241913552.220.283.351.223-0.3-2.10.5-0.35.2-7.5-0.4
20243718519367241812532.215.279.344.220-0.3-2.60.5-0.35.0-7.8-0.4
20253816717326231611481.214.277.343.219-0.3-2.50.5-0.34.5-7.1-0.4
2026391451527513149421.215.278.343.220-0.3-2.20.4-0.33.9-6.1-0.3
2027401341426513139391.213.275.339.217-0.3-2.40.4-0.33.6-6.1-0.3

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 82)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 88 Reed Johnson 2008 .273
2 87 Dwight Smith 1995 .253
3 86 Bobby Brown 1985 .150
4 86 Randy Velarde 1994 .267
5 86 Marty Cordova 2001 .283
6 86 Vince Coleman 1993 .258
7 85 Corey Patterson 2011 .223
8 85 Eli Marrero 2005 .228
9 85 Gil Coan 1953 .241
10 85 Dane Iorg 1981 .287
11 84 Roger Bernadina 2015 .000 DNP
12 84 John Vander Wal 1997 .175
13 84 Brian Dayett 1988 .000 DNP
14 84 Henry Cotto 1992 .249
15 84 Mike Huff 1995 .237
16 84 Rex Hudler 1992 .242
17 84 Larry Stahl 1972 .254
18 84 Scott Podsednik 2007 .231
19 84 Barry Bonnell 1985 .219
20 84 Elliot Johnson 2015 .000 DNP
21 83 Rick Joseph 1971 .000 DNP
22 83 Kevin Ward 1993 .000 DNP
23 83 Champ Summers 1977 .205
24 83 Gabe Kapler 2007 .000 DNP
25 83 Troy O'Leary 2001 .246
26 83 Chris James 1994 .294
27 83 Wil Cordero 2003 .269
28 83 Darren Bragg 2001 .262
29 83 John Lowenstein 1978 .278
30 83 Matt Mieske 1999 .266
31 83 Melvin Mora 2003 .319
32 83 Carroll Hardy 1964 .183
33 82 Jason Michaels 2007 .257
34 82 Mark Davidson 1992 .000 DNP
35 82 Dave Collins 1984 .294
36 82 Terry Harper 1987 .252
37 82 Willie Tasby 1964 .000 DNP
38 82 Rufino Linares 1982 .253
39 82 Jack Daugherty 1992 .234
40 82 Willie Smith 1970 .237
41 82 Dick Sisler 1952 .266
42 82 Pat Sheridan 1989 .244
43 82 Mike Kinkade 2004 .000 DNP
44 82 Ronny Cedeno 2014 .002
45 81 James Mouton 2000 .243
46 81 Ed Stroud 1971 .197
47 81 Russ Snyder 1965 .242
48 81 Herm Winningham 1993 .000 DNP
49 81 Hal Rice 1955 .000 DNP
50 81 Luis Olmo 1951 .188
51 81 Sandy Valdespino 1970 -.037
52 81 David Dellucci 2005 .294
53 81 Willie Harris 2009 .273
54 81 Rob Mackowiak 2007 .252
55 81 Dan Gladden 1989 .280
56 81 Jimmy Stewart 1970 .255
57 81 Gary Redus 1988 .275
58 81 Jay Gibbons 2008 .000 DNP
59 81 Jerry Morales 1980 .253
60 81 Brandon Barnes 2017 .000 DNP
61 81 Craig Monroe 2008 .243
62 81 Wayne Kirby 1995 .201
63 81 Don Landrum 1967 .000 DNP
64 81 Angel Echevarria 2002 .288
65 81 Al Martin 1999 .279
66 81 Franklin Gutierrez 2014 .000 DNP
67 81 Billy Hatcher 1992 .221
68 81 Joe Christopher 1967 .000 DNP
69 80 Lou Johnson 1966 .286
70 80 Jacob Brumfield 1996 .255
71 80 Gene Clines 1978 .245
72 80 Todd Hollandsworth 2004 .307
73 80 Al Zarilla 1950 .314
74 80 Damon Buford 2001 .188
75 80 Pedro Feliz 2006 .246
76 80 Kazuo Matsui 2007 .254
77 80 Aaron Guiel 2004 .199
78 80 Tom McCraw 1972 .271
79 80 Hector Lopez 1961 .229
80 80 Mark Carreon 1995 .285
81 80 Tracy Jones 1992 .000 DNP
82 80 Darrin Jackson 1995 .000 DNP
83 80 Tommy Davis 1970 .259
84 80 Gary Varsho 1992 .242
85 80 Derek Bell 2000 .266
86 80 Del Unser 1976 .248
87 80 John Morris 1992 .194
88 80 Winston Llenas 1975 .168
89 80 Tony Barron 1998 .000 DNP
90 79 Willie Bloomquist 2009 .232
91 79 Emilio Bonifacio 2016 .246
92 79 Gene Richards 1985 .000 DNP
93 79 Turner Ward 1996 .233
94 79 Eric Byrnes 2007 .274
95 79 Rajai Davis 2012 .240
96 79 Brandon Inge 2008 .233
97 79 Harry Hanebrink 1959 .221
98 79 Gary Matthews 2006 .281
99 79 Hoot Evers 1952 .278
100 79 Brady Anderson 1995 .281

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .259 .308 .357 .253
11 vs R (Multi) .233 .289 .381 .244
18 Split (Multi) -.026 -.020 .024 -.009
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.010 -.021 -.029 -.017
30 vs L (2016) .301 .333 .361 .276
31 vs R (2016) .235 .279 .397 .243
38 Split (2016) -.066 -.054 .036 -.033
39 LgAvg (2016) -.008 -.018 -.027 -.016

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2017 Last year, the Phillies did what you expect teams in a rebuild to do. They picked up castoffs from other organizations who were extremely unlikely to amount to anything in the hopes that one or two of these players could turn useful once again. One of those players was Bourjos, whose only halfway-decent season was way back in 2011 for the Los Angeles Angels. Absent of an inexplicable 30-day stretch (June 6-July 5) where Bourjos slashed .440/.481/.707, he performed like the marginal fourth outfielder he has been for the last five seasons. He didn't work out, but given where the Phillies started, you certainly can't blame them for trying. Bourjos is an outfield tweener, and even by this modest standard is going to have a difficult time finding a big league bench job.
2016 Remember when Bourjos, not Randal Grichuk, was the prize acquisition in the David Freese trade? That all changed in 2015. While Grichuk spent the season asserting himself as a major-league regular, Bourjos was busy doing his finest Jarrod Dyson impersonation, which, judging by that abysmal success rate on stolen-base attempts, isn't much better than your Christopher Walken impression. Having validated the widespread belief that he can't hit—not even half a dry lick—he started a career-low percentage of his appearances, instead entering games more often as a pinch-hitter, -runner and defensive sub. Bourjos probably isn't happy with the role change—he's a year away from free agency—but you can't blame the Cardinals for placing him in a position that minimized his weaknesses and maximized Grichuk's strengths, and little is likely to change even now that he's on the Phillies.
2015 Watching Bourjos chase down gappers in center field remains one of baseball's great joys, as the former Angel routinely posts such ridiculously high run-prevention scores that he single-handedly casts doubt on the accuracy of modern defensive metrics. Yet despite benefiting from the guarantee that he will never have to hit into a defense that features Peter Bourjos patrolling the outfield, his bat hasn't quite blossomed: He rarely makes enough contact or draws enough walks to maintain a solid on-base percentage. And if it's not his anemic bat keeping him out of the lineup, it's a litany of health woes, with end-of-season hip surgery now stacked on top of earlier wrist and hamstring problems. Bourjos is so valuable with the leather that even a slight improvement at the plate will make him an above-average player, but he's running out of time to prove he should be penciled in every day.
2014 The saga continues. Bourjos has alternated between good and bad in each of his four big-league seasonslast year qualifies for "good" considering his ballpark and role. It was abbreviated by poor health, though, as he missed time due to a strained hamstring and a fractured wrist. The Angels traded Kendrys Morales partly to make room for him, yet he finished with fewer than 200 plate appearances for the second year in a row. He remains a brilliant defender with great speed, but it's unclear whether he'll ever outrun the extra-outfielder label, especially after being traded onto a crowded Cardinals roster.
2013 Given his gloveit cant be said enough that hes a generational talent in the outfieldhow badly can Bourjos hit before hes a worse option than Vernon Wells? As it turns out, worse than .220/.291/.315, which left him with 1.2 WARP to Wellss 0.8. Thats not to say Bourjoss season wasnt an undercarriage-scraping speed bump, and his inability to lay off or hit low breaking balls sounds like many a washouts sob story. But he did make some positive steps in his approach: He swung at fewer pitches outside the zone, and he made contact with more pitches inside it. He got two starts, and 15 plate appearances, in the last two months of the season, so its clear the glove alone wont be enough for Mike Sciosciano matter how generationally good it is.
2012 Bourjos covered so much ground as a center fielder that it sometimes backfired early in the season. His corner outfielders, unaccustomed to flanking a player with such range, sometimes weren't giving way to Bourjos, while other times they flinched or backed away at his mere approach. The turf war ended around June, when Torii Hunter and Vernon Wells learned what we all learned: When Peter Bourjos is chasing a ball, it's more fun to just watch. He's an elite defender, well deserving of the Gold Gloves passed down through the organization from Pettis to White to Edmonds to Erstad to Hunter. The questions entering the season were all about his hitting, and he addressed those. He reached base on around half his bunt attempts, boosted his slugging percentage by taking unthinkable extra bases, and hit nine of those 12 home runs in the final two months. He can run, and he can trot, so now he just needs to learn to walk.
2011 All the tools in the world might not put Bourjos bat back together; an anemic offensive performance like the one he mustered in the majors while serving as the Angels ninth-place hitter from August on could only be redeemed by a truly superlative showing on defense. Fortunately, Bourjos delivered on that side of the ball, racking up some of the highest runs saved totals detected by defensive metrics among all center fielders, despite starting only 49 games at the position. The size of the sample renders those numbers somewhat suspect, but fielding stats have always loved his work in the minors, and scouts see no reason to disagree. As long as Mike Scioscia doesnt mistake the speedy Bourjos for a leadoff batter, as he did during the final week of 2010, the Angels can lug his lumber while crossing their fingers that his next positive WARP score wont come at the cost of a negative VORP.
2010 A 10th-round 2005 pick out of Scottsdale, Bourjos is considered the system's best athlete, known for outstanding speed, a strong arm ,and excellent instinctsyour basic leadoff-hitting center fielder in the making. The big knock on him coming into the year was a lack of patience; he walked in just 4.8 percent of his PAs in 2007 and 2008. He doubled his walk rate in 2009, and while improved pitch recognition played a part, a June wrist injury which required postseason surgery may have contributed as well. He hit .316/.368/.454 with a 7.1 percent walk rate prior to the injury, .253/.350/.398 with a 12.3 percent rate after. He'll start the year at Triple-A, but with Torii Hunter signed through 2012, and 2009 first-rounder Mike Trout now the system's best prospect, Bourjos' shot at a regular job may be in another organization altogether.
2009 Normally, the image suggested by a player who is the son of a scout is that of a fundamentally sound grinder. In Bourjos's case, however, it's all about the tools: he's a plus-plus runner who covers a ton of ground in center and led the California League in stolen bases, but he'll swing at anything. A leadoff man's skill set without the walks makes him a fourth outfielder, but at 22, Bourjos has time to figure out which kind of player he can be.
2008 After starting the year as a stealth prospect with a strong defensive reputation, Bourjos had his 2007 season cleaved by a ruptured left ring finger. The injury cost him two months of playing time and any chance of advancing past Low-A. The lost time hurts; while the tools are still there, he's now behind on the age/level matrix. Despite the PECOTA comp above, his long-term outlook is more fourth outfielder than Willy Taveras.
2007 Peter Bourjos is an athletic, toolsy center fielder picked up in the tenth round of the 2005 draft who just made his pro debut; he`ll need to show better hitting skills, but it`s still very early.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2015-06-30 19:00:00 (link to chat)It looks like Matt Holliday is going to come off the DL shortly. What does St. Louis do about the resulting glut of above-average outfielders (plus Jon Jay) other than gloat a lot?
(Bill from New Mexico)
They could make a trade, but their roster is so deep that it's hard to see what they'd do. Peter Bourjos would seem like the odd man out if they don't make a move. (Mike Gianella)
2015-06-02 18:00:00 (link to chat)You and Mike Matheny switch roles, so that you fill out the major-league roster (and he does commentary, if anyone notices). Who gets the playing time with that crowded outfield situation? Holliday is obviously near 100%, but how do you apportion the rest between Jon Jay, Jason Heyward, Peter Bourjos and Randal Grichuk?
(Bill from New Mexico)
I'm completely compromised when it comes to Peter Bourjos. I'd go Grichuck, Bourjos and Heyward LF/CF/RF with Jay filling in the corners and never ever setting foot in center again. (Mauricio Rubio)
2015-04-16 17:00:00 (link to chat)Bench players with a chance to perform at high level if given a chance....? (Deep leagues)
(Darnell Coles from Jose Batista before he was good)
Justin Smoak. Peter Bourjos if only for the steals. (I still believe in him, and now he had the hip surgery). Aaron Hill (he'll get traded, and the guy can hit when healthy). (Mike Gianella)
2014-04-16 19:00:00 (link to chat)Would you trade for Peter Bourjos in a NL-only league? Also is Craig's girl Spanish?
(D Rock from Atlanta)
That depends what I'm trading for him. He's certainly worth rostering, but I'm not going to make a huge push for him. And I've only seen a picture, but I think no. Unless you're referring to Mau, in which case def yes. (Ben Carsley)
2014-03-14 09:00:00 (link to chat)Are there any NL-only 4th OF'ers or equivalent that you really like? I'm thinking of someone along the lines of Allen Craig a few yearsa ago that flashed some promise but was in line to back up at the start of the season.
(mj1453 from chicago)
I like Drew Stubbs for the Colorado factor and because Corey Dickerson is no sure thing, Jon Jay as a sneaky value proposition behind the oft-injured Peter Bourjos, and Nate McLouth as a sneaky source of speed even as a backup. (Mike Gianella)
2013-10-30 12:00:00 (link to chat)Think that it's too "Rays-esque" if they kicked the tires on Peter Bourjos? Would love to see Jennings back at LF(Plus D there, looking at his DRS totals from '10-'12), Bourjos in CF & Myers in RF.
(jlarsen from Chicago)
Depends on how much the Angels want for him. He'd fit in well in Tampa, but he's a pretty good player so he'd actually fit in well in a lot of places. Having Bourjos (whose name I always want to spell Bourjous for symmetry's sake) in center would help a lot, especially with Myers in right. (Matthew Kory)
2013-07-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do the Angels shop Peter Bourjos at the deadline for pitching? I know he's hurt now, but would his injury be a deal-breaker as of now? If not, what could the Angels net in return?
(Brent from Laguna Beach)
They certainly could. How hurt would matter of course, but I believe Jake Peavy was dealt while injured. Bourjos would likely net a mint and rightfully so, but there isn't a ton on the market. (Paul Sporer)
2013-03-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Scoresheet keeper league round 21 or 22: Lorenzo Cain or Peter Bourjos?
(hotstatrat from Toronto)
Hey hotstatrat, I miss your city... best dim sum I've ever had (but I get to see Rush inducted into the Rock and Roll HOF next month, so I can't complain). Those are the tough rounds. In my combined league, both went in round 17, with Bourjos coming six picks after Cain. The former gives you sick defense, while the latter might have some untapped offensive upside. If this is AL-only, there's a remote chance that Cain becomes a keeper. I'd take him first. (Geoff Young)
2013-02-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who is your favorite baseball player ever?
(Kris from Santa Barbara)
William Van Landingham, with nods to J.R. Phillips and Bill Mueller. Favorite active is Peter Bourjos. (Sam Miller)
2013-01-16 13:30:00 (link to chat)Can Peter Bourjos repeat his 2011 season, or will he end up on the bench, with Trout moving back to center and Kole Calhoun or (ugh) Vernon Wells in left?
(Mark68 from A Mile High)
I don't expect to see those kind of numbers out of Bourjos again. Even without that, I think he can still play everyday for a Major League team. Ultimately, I think he'll get pushed aside by Trout in center field, assuming they have reasonable options on the corners. (Mark Anderson)
2012-12-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Peter Bourjos for Nick Castellanos; who hangs up first?
(Tyson from Chicago)
I think it could be reasonably discussed, but ideally the Tigers would shift focus back to Porcello and look to play that angle. (Paul Sporer)
2012-09-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm going to rehash a question that I asked another BP writer this week. What player currently relegated to a bench role would perform at a star level if given a full time job or was traded and utilized correctly? So far, we've only gotten Brandon Belt and Peter Bourjos between the 2 of us.
(jlarsen from chicago)
Belt's been starting regularly for months now, so I think we can cross him off the list.

Not really sure about Bourjos either. He's clearly an above-average defender, but I'm not sure he's a "real" .270 hitter. If he is, then yeah, with his speed, he might crack star-level.

It's a good question, but no one else is really springing to mind for me. Let's crowdsource: you guys have any votes for guys who are currently playing in a bench role who deserve a starting spot? (Ian Miller)
2012-06-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Realistically, Sam, what do the Angels do with Vernon Wells come August? Is he relegated to 4th/5th/6th OF or do we finally sever the tie to the affable albatross?
(dannyras from CA)
If he weren't Vernon Wells, but were some Triple-A veteran, he'd be a little bit of a perfect fourth outfielder. He can play all three spots, he is actually pretty good defensively at a corner, he has power off the bench. I guess you'd rather he switch-hit and run a little bit, but he'd be not the worst fourth outfielder.

The problem is that you don't want a sulking veteran in the clubhouse, and Vernon probably won't respond to being benched like a Triple-A veteran. I guess he sticks around this year until they figure out whether Torii is coming back in some role after 2012, and until Peter Bourjos has either stuck or unstuck. (Sam Miller)
2012-06-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see Peter Bourjos stick for long as Angels? Or eventually go to Nationals and play CF for #Nattitude ?
(Chris from Bourjos household)
I don't think there was much to the Nationals connection ever. I think Hunter is going to probably play himself into a pretty good contract somewhere else, Wells won't bounce back at all, and the Angels will keep Bourjos for a Trout/Bourjos/Trumbo outfield. (Sam Miller)
2012-05-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think the Angels should do with Peter Bourjos? With Mike Trout up, he's slated to play once (maybe twice) a week, and is apparently not someone the Angels are interested in trading right now. Do you think being a 4th OF in Anaheim is any better for him (or the team) than sending him to SLC?
(riley b from a tour bus headed for San Diego)
I want to say that Vernon Wells will eventually be pushed aside, or platooned at DH with Morales, and Bourjos and Trout can play CF/LF together. But I also don't think Trumbo is super likely to stay at third, and so he'll start getting OF starts. It's not that I'm against trading Bourjos, it's just that I don't ever get the sense (from the rumors and stuff) that they would get anything close to full value for him. I mean, the Bourjos for John Lannan rumors in the offseason were nothing, they weren't tied to reality (I don't think), but the fact that people in the industry, writers, etc, though that it was even remotely realistic tells me that, yikes, it might be remotely realistic. And trading Peter Bourjos for anything close to John Lannan would be absolutely insane.

I guess I'd keep him up as a fourth outfielder for now. Playing time has a way of working itself out, especially on a team with as many struggling hitters/fielders as the Angels. (Sam Miller)
2011-11-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks Derek. What are the chances the Angels move Peter Bourjos to try and grab David Wright? It would leave a clear spot for Mike Trout in 2012 in the Angels' outfield.
(Keith from Manchester, CT)
It might make some sense on it's face, but I don't really see it happening. If the Mets don't bring back Reyes (and I don't think they should for what he'll likely go for), I think trading Wright makes a lot of sense. There's whispers that the team might wait until mid-season to do so, though, possibly so that he can rebuild his value a bit in a friendlier CitiField. There's no sure bet that the Angels would even go for that deal, though it seems quite likely they'll find a way to get Trout in their 2012 outfield. (Derek Carty)
2011-10-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Favorite tater time tracking moment of 2011?
(dianagramr from NYC)
Hmm, good question. There weren't as many jaw-dropping moments in 2011 as there were in 2010, but the two I remember the most are: Derek Jeter's 3000th hit, when I had to run out of the session at SABR 41 to get better wifi in the hall to track his tater trot, and Peter Bourjos' "four-base single". Technically, Bourjos didn't hit a home run, but his "single" was just as much of an inside-the-parker as anyone else's. The fact that it allowed us to see his speed was just fantastic. I never would have thought I would see a 14.0 second trot (14.02 to be exact). (Larry Granillo)


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