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Must-click link: Peter Bourjos is really, really good at defense

Aug 15, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

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Mark Simon has an interesting article about Peter Bourjos at ESPN Los Angeles, in which a cast of thousands break down the center fielder’s amazing defense for the Angels from a statistical and scouting point of view.

Simon: Peter Bourjos has them covered

It’s worth clicking, if only to see the really cool chart.

  1. seanmk - Aug 15, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    i love peter bourjos’ defense. he’s a joy to watch

  2. shanemcdowell - Aug 15, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    Interesting that there are two very small spots that appear to be along the line of him running from the middle of that coverage area, perpendicular to each foul line, where the average center fielder covers an extra foot or two. Wonder if that goes along with Hunter’s comments about positioning, if that’s because it’s directly toward the other outfields, or something else entirely. Whatever the case, that’s an impressive chart of some impressive defense.

  3. sdelmonte - Aug 15, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    Simon is making a name for himself with such graphics and analysis. One such article last week showed where Mariano Rivera’s cutters are going, and thus why he’s been more hittable.

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