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3/31/1987 (29 y, 10 m, 27 d)
2005 June Amateur Draft - Round: 10, Pick: 23, Overall: 313, Team: Los Angeles Angels
$1.4M / 1 Years (2017)
Bourjos, a non-roster invitee, will get an increased opportunity in center field after Charlie Tilson suffered a foot injury, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. (2/20/2017)
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Peter Bourjos is a burner first. His 8.1 speed score last year would have been second in baseball (to Carl Crawford) if he had accrued enough at-bats to qualify, his defense in center field is all-world. Those facts are enough to give him another long chance at the position despite the fact that the rest of his game is missing (check his .204/.237/.381 2010 line). He doesn’t walk (3.1%), strikes out too often (22.1%) and has average power at best (.177 ISO in 2010, but .159 ISO in the minor leagues). With some better luck on batted balls (.228 BABIP), he'll put up an acceptable batting average based on putting the ball on the ground (51.1% GB) and running like heck, but unless he betters the strikeout rate, he may not have a plus batting average. Still, that speed will play in most leagues and he'll be so cheap that there are few better wheels-first guys for the money. (Eno Sarris)
The Quick Opinion:
Need steals? Bourjos should provide. Need anything else? Just make sure you don't pay much.
Prior to 2011, Bourjos was somewhat of a fantasy conundrum. The center fielder had amazing speed and utilized it to focus on stealing bases for most of his Minor League career. But in 2010, that all changed, and Bourjos began developing somewhat of a power stroke. Bourjos found most of his old ways in 2011, as he was more content with making solid contact and allowing his wheels to do the talking. In the last two months of last season, he showed some of his power potential, hitting six homers in August and another three in September. Bourjos has the complete fantasy package if he could only cut down on his strikeouts and work on making contact more often. He has the speed to steal 40 bases and post high batting averages on balls in play -- and the power to hit 20 homers. Whether he can do both at the same time is debatable, but it’s hard not to like what Bourjos can bring to your team in 2012. Don’t rely on him to do any one thing; instead, draft him with the hopes that he can help you in any number of categories. (Zach Sanders)
The Quick Opinion:
Bourjos may be better known for his defensive prowess, but he has the potential to be a versatile fantasy contributor. He’s worth a chance as your fourth outfielder in standard leagues, and he could even slot into the third outfield spot if you decide to draft two big outfield pieces early on.
With Torii Hunter leaving town, Peter Bourjos has the red carpet rolled out for center field duties in 2013. With playing time out of the question, it will be pretty exciting to see what he's capable of given 600 plate appearances in the impressive lineup that makes up the Angels offense. We saw a good deal of major league at bats in 2011, when he put up a respectable .271/.327/.438 line with 12 home runs and 22 stolen bases over 552 plate appearances. 2012 was pretty much a lost cause from the beginning. He hit just .167 in April and then some kid named Mike Trout showed up to what was already a crowded outfield and Bourjos rarely got a chance to hold a bat, being used mostly as a defensive replacement in late innings. What's known is his great speed and tremendous defense. What's a little bit unknown is if he can improve his contact skills, cut the strikeouts a bit, and develop into the 15 home run/30 stolen base kind of threat he profiled as years ago. If he can do it, you have a poor man's Shane Victorino on your hands, and he just turns 26 in March. But keep an eye on the batting order, because if he can't unseat Erick Aybar in the #2 hole, he might just hit 9th and that will impact the whole lot of counting stats. (
The Quick Opinion:
Bourjos is the clear front runner to play center field for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2013, eliminating any questions about his playing time that lingered from last season. He has very good speed and double-digit home run power, but keep an eye on projected lineups as he might start the season at or near the bottom of the order which will impact his value.
Peter Bourjos is a phenomenal defensive talent who hasn't shown a lot of offensive ability to date. However, in 2013, he was putting up weighted offense that was 40% better than league average before being hit on the wrist by a pitch at the end of June. That injury resulted in an extended stay on the disabled list, and never really healed, requiring surgery in early September. Injuries have been the story of Peter Bourjos' past two seasons, but they give hope that a healthy Bourjos still has a good offensive upside waiting to emerge. The speed necessary to steal a lot of bases is certainly there, but for some reason the steals have not emerged out of it. Seeing that the Cardinals were ranked second-to-last in the majors with 45 steals in 2013, one has to wonder if his new team will nurture his ability to steal bags at all; how much of that poor stolen base output was due to management philosophy, as opposed to personnel issues? Projections are not particularly optimistic about Peter's 2014, figuring him to be around the 100th-best fantasy outfielder. (Steve Staude)
The Quick Opinion:
Bourjos has a significant chance of exceeding expectations, mostly based on his ability to stay healthy. He has the potential to steal a good number of bases, but might not be in the right environment to do so.
Peter Bourjos has had a lot of chances to establish himself offensively because his defense is exceptional, but injuries have limited his playing time through much of his career. Now entering his second season in St. Louis, Bourjos will likely back up or platoon with Jon Jay in center field. The one time Bourjos did make it through a full season as a starter—back in 2011 with the Angels—he stole 22 bases, and he has swiped bags at a similar rate in recent seasons. Apart from the speed, there is little in the way of fantasy value for Bourjos to hang his hat on. He will turn 28 years old near the start of the 2015 season. It’s probably time to move on from him as an annual fantasy sleeper. (Scott Spratt)
The Quick Opinion:
Defensive value makes him a valuable real-life player, but speed is the only major skill Bourjos brings to a fantasy team. With an extensive injury history and a likely backup roll with the Cardinals in 2015, he has little fantasy relevance.
Once considered an elite defensive outfielder, injuries have prevented Bourjos from establishing himself as a regular. Back in 2014, the Cardinals acquired Bourjos (and Randal Grichuk) in exchange for David Freese. The Bourjos half of the trade failed in St. Louis. His offense declined precipitously and his defense was inconsistent. The Cardinals cut bait with him this past winter, and the Phillies used their number one waiver priority to snag him. As of now, Bourjos is expected to compete with Aaron Altherr and Tyler Goeddel for an everyday outfield role. If finally healthy, Bourjos could be a surprisingly valuable real world player. At his best (2011), he posted 4.2 wins above replacement. (Brad Johnson)
The Quick Opinion:
With very little to lose, the Phillies will throw the dice and give Bourjos a shot at a job. The upside: a once 4.2 WAR outfielder with elite defense and a league average bat. The downside is ugly, but what did you expect? After all, the Phillies got him for free.
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