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Angels calling up hot-hitting speedster Peter Bourjos

Aug 2, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

According to various sources the Angels are planning to call up 23-year-old outfielder Peter Bourjos from Triple-A prior to tomorrow’s game. Bourjos ranked among Baseball America‘s top 100 prospects coming into the season and has hit .314/.364/.498 at Triple-A.
One of the fastest players in the minors, he has 27 steals and 12 triples in 102 games and is also considered an elite defensive center fielder. Torii Hunter’s presence likely means he won’t be seeing much time in center field for the Angels–at least not this season–but manager Mike Scioscia may use Bourjos in place of Juan Rivera in left field.
Back when fellow speedster Chone Figgins was a prospect the Angels initially used him as merely a pinch-runner and defensive replacement, but Scioscia hinted that they likely wouldn’t call Bourjos up to serve in such a limited role, saying: “Every young player needs to play.”
Bourjos doesn’t walk much for someone who could be destined for the leadoff spot and how much power he’ll develop remains in question, but he just set the Pacific Coast League record with 52 hits in July and would be a massive upgrade over Rivera defensively. Plus, it’s not like Rivera has been any good at the plate anyway, hitting just .257/.309/.427 in 89 games.

  1. ben s - Aug 2, 2010 at 2:58 PM

    With Mike Trout the number one prospect in the minors now, and with him probably sticking at center, it doesn’t seem like there’s much of a place for Bourjos.

  2. BC - Aug 2, 2010 at 3:16 PM

    Do the Angels grow these speedsters on trees? Figgins, Willts, now this guy. Who’s next? Are they going to sign Chris Johnson away from the Titans and convert him to an outfielder?

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