|St. Louis Cardinals|
March 31, 1987 |
Park Ridge, Illinois
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|August 3, 2010 for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim|
(through 2013 season)
|Runs batted in||89|
Peter Christopher Bourjos (born March 31, 1987) is an American professional baseball center fielder for the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has gained considerable attention for his defensive skills, including his range and speed.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Bourjos was selected by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 10th round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft, signing on August 18, 2005. In 2008, Bourjos registered 50 stolen bases and a .295 batting average with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.
Bourjos spent 2009 with the Arkansas Travelers. With a strong season at the plate, he batted .281 in 110 games, scored 72 runs, hit 16 doubles, 14 triples, six home runs and drove in 51 runners. In the outfield, he played 109 games and recorded 294 putouts, five double plays and seven assists in 302 total chances with only one error for a .997 fielding percentage. Bourjos led the Texas League (TL) in triples and led the Travelers in runs. In May, he was selected as the Angels' Defensive Player of the Month and as a TL All-Star. He was also recognized as the Angels minor league system's Defensive Player of the Year in 2009. In the offseason of 2009, the Angels bought his contract and added him to their 40-man roster to prevent him from being selected by another team in the Rule 5 Draft. Going into the 2010 season, Baseball America named him the second-best prospect in the Angels system, the "fastest baserunner," and "best defensive outfielder." In 487 games and seven minor league seasons in the Angels system, Bourjos batted .291 with a .345 on-base percentage, .455 slugging percentage, 88 doubles, 54 triples, 41 home runs, 225 RBIs and 141 stolen bases.
Bourjos made his Major League debut on August 3, 2010. He appeared in 51 games, batting .204 with six doubles, four triples, six home runs and ten stolen bases. He played 450 innings in the outfield and recorded ten assists, which placed second among all American League (AL) center fielders.
In 2011, he, along with Austin Jackson, led the AL with 11 triples. It was an overall breakout season for Boujos with a .271 batting average, 26 doubles, 12 home runs and 22 stolen bases in 147 total games. He also registered seven assists, fifth among AL center fielders. The next season, Bourjos lost most of his playing time to heralded prospect Mike Trout, appearing in 101 games and totaling just 195 plate appearances. In September 2012, he suffered wrist soreness in the aftermath of being hit by a pitch. After the season, veteran outfielder Torii Hunter signed with the Detroit Tigers as a free agent, clearing an opportunity for Bourjos regain regular playing time.
In August 2013, Bourjos took another pitch off his wrist, this time causing a fracture and eventually forcing him to miss the rest of the season.
St. Louis Cardinals
Bourjos is prized mainly for his speed and defense. According to Fangraphs in 2013, he "rate(d) as one of the very best defensive center fielders in baseball," and also noted his base running. Baseball Prospectus noted that he "covered so much ground as a center fielder that it sometimes backfired early in the season. His corner outfielders (Torii Hunter and Vernon Wells), unaccustomed to flanking a player with such range, sometimes weren't giving way to Bourjos, while other times they flinched or back away at his mere approach." Even after Trout became a full-time player for the Angels in 2012, Bourjos exclusively played center field when he was in the game, pushing Trout into left field. Through 2013, center field was the only position Bourjos had played in 341 Major League games, aside from five as a designated hitter.
As a hitter, Bourjos was mainly a ground ball hitter, posting a 50.5% ground ball rate over his career as of 2013. In 2011, he posted his lowest career ground ball rate at 46.8%. Every other season, it has been above 50%. In 2013, it was 58.7%. According to former Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan's anecdotes, Bourjos' batted-ball style is one that allows little margin for extra base hits.
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- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)