Bourgeois with the Houston Astros
|Chicago White Sox|
January 4, 1982 |
|September 9, 2008, for the Chicago White Sox|
(through 2015 season)
|Runs batted in||44|
Jason Jerrod Bourgeois (booj-wa) (born January 4, 1982) is an American professional baseball outfielder who is in the Chicago White Sox organization. Bourgeois plays all outfield positions and second base. He previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals, Tampa Bay Rays and Cincinnati Reds.
- 1 Amateur career
- 2 Professional career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Bourgeois was teammates with fellow MLB outfielders Carl Crawford and Michael Bourn on a little league team that won the state championship. Bourgeois would later go on to attend Forest Brook High School. During his senior year at Forest Brook, Bourgeois hit .553 with 4 home runs, 43 runs batted in, and 24 stolen bases.
He played in the Rangers organization until the Atlanta Braves claimed him off waivers on March 23, 2005.
Chicago White Sox
On December 19, 2006, he signed a contract with the Chicago White Sox. He was recalled by the Chicago White Sox on September 6, 2008, and made his major league debut on September 9. Bourgeois is the last player to get his first major league hit at the original Yankee Stadium.
On November 24, 2008, the Milwaukee Brewers signed Bourgeois to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. He was assigned to play for with the Nashville Sounds of the Triple A Pacific Coast League.
On August 12, 2009, he was called to play for the Brewers to replace Bill Hall, who was designated for assignment. This would be the first of two times that Bourgeois would replace Bill Hall on a Major League roster. The second came on June 4, 2011, when the Houston Astros released Hall after activating Bourgeois from the disabled list.
Bourgeois was claimed off waivers by the Houston Astros on October 26, 2009.
On June 20, 2010, Bourgeois, Jason Castro and Chris Johnson were added to the major league roster and Casey Daigle, Cory Sullivan and Kevin Cash were designated for assignment. Bourgeois played in 69 games for the Astros that year, including making twelve starts in September and October after starting center fielder Michael Bourn was injured.
On April 30, 2011, Bourgeois earned his first career walk-off win with a single to left field in the bottom of the ninth inning scoring Bill Hall (who pinch ran for Brett Wallace after he reached base on a walk earlier that inning) from second base to lead the Astros to a 2-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. Bourgeous had the other run in that game. Overall, it was a breakout game for Bourgeois as he had a game high three hits (two singles and a double). He also had two stolen bases (second and third consecutively) in the first inning, and would later come home and score a run that inning on a Hunter Pence RBI single.
Kansas City Royals
On March 20, 2012, Bourgeois was traded to the Kansas City Royals along with Humberto Quintero for minor leaguer Kevin Chapman and a player to be named later. He appeared in thirty games for the Royals during the 2012 season, batting .258 with five RBI and five stolen bases. Most of his season was spent with the Triple A affiliate Omaha Royals, where he had a .243 batting average with three home runs, eight RBI and seven stolen bases. On November 2, 2012 the Royals designated Bourgeois for assignment. After clearing waivers, he elected to become a free agent on November 12.
Tampa Bay Rays
In early December, 2012 the Rays signed Bourgeois to a minor league contract, with no guaranteed invite to Spring Training. Bourgeois played most of his season with the Triple A Durham Bulls. On August 14, playing only his sixth game for the Rays after being called up, Bourgeois hit a walk-off RBI single to help the Rays defeat the Seattle Mariners. He was designated for assignment on August 23, 2013.
On December 21, 2015, Bourgeois signed a minor league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Chicago White Sox
Bourgeois was traded from the Diamondbacks the Chicago White Sox on May 16, 2016.
- Kaegel, Dick (12 November 2012). "Jason Bourgois chooses free agency over Triple A". MLB.com via KC Royals team website. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
- "Royals claim RHP Moscoso, C Hayes off waivers". Associated Press via Yahoo Sports.com. 2 November 2012. Retrieved 2 November 2012.
- Silva, Drew (6 December 2012). "Rays sign outfielder Jason Bourgeois to minors deal". NBC Sports website. Retrieved 6 December 2012.
- "Rays rally in 9th to beat Seattle, end 6-game skid". Yahoo! Sports website. 14 August 2013. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
- "Reds ink Bourgeois to Minor League deal". MLB.com. 5 November 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2013.