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Missing persons alert: Peter Bourjos

May 10, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

Peter Bourjos AP

Peter Bourjos is a reigning gold glove winner. Probably the best defensive center fielder in the game.  But the dude has been riding pine like crazy lately:

Peter Bourjos’ game-changing speed and Gold Glove-caliber defense don’t do the Angels any good on the bench, but that’s where those tools were again Wednesday night. The center fielder was not in the lineup for the ninth time in 11 games, his playing time greatly reduced by the April 27 promotion of Mike Trout from triple A, but his attitude remaining upbeat and optimistic.

Hitting .192/.259/.288 will do that for you.  And when the guy taking your place is both one of the most highly-touted prospects in the game, is himself great with the glove and has started out hitting really, really well, the bench is in your future.

It’s kind of tough for Anaheim. On the one hand, you have Vernon Wells and Torii Hunter in the corners — and neither of them are long term members of the team in all likelihood — so the idea of sliding Trout to right and keeping Bourjos’ glove in the game is appealing.  On the other hand, with the offense struggling as much as it has, even Vernon Wells is an upgrade over Bourjos.

Ultimately, whether Bourjos’ 2011 season — in which he posted a .765 OPS — represents his true level will determine his future.  If he hits like that, it’ll play with his leather.  If not, he’s gonna see a lot more bench time in his future.

  1. heyblueyoustink - May 10, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    It’s frustrating to be a Phils fan right now, but to be an Angels fan? Mios Gios! They may need Danny Glover and Tony Danza to step in.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - May 10, 2012 at 2:36 PM

      And Christopher Lloyd.

  2. randygnyc - May 10, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    However minimal, borjous has a higher BA, more stolen bases and as many home runs as Albert pujols, in half the at bats and about $26,000,000.00 less per year.

  3. SmackSaw - May 10, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Yeah, the Angels have such a logjam of talent, it’s preventing them from winning.

  4. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 10, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Trade him to the Nats for LaRoche. He could help with their 1B problem.

  5. Kyle - May 10, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    It’s worth noting that a run saved on defense is the same as a run produced on offense.

    Also, Vernon Wells 2011 OPS+: 83, Peter Bourjos 2011 OPS+: 115.

    • drewsylvania - May 10, 2012 at 2:04 PM

      Not to mention that Wells is much more likely to be that terrible in the future. Bourjos should at least improve a little.

  6. runyetirun - May 10, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    Your move Rizzo

  7. lyon810 - May 10, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    Did I miss something, when did Bourjos ever win a gold glove???

    • Adrastus Perkins - May 10, 2012 at 7:43 PM

      He didn’t. Probably will eventually though.

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