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Michael Bourn already has a new career-high for homers

Jun 8, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

Michael Bourn

It’s not quite an out of nowhere power explosion like Jose Bautista in 2010 or even Jacoby Ellsbury last season, but Braves center fielder Michael Bourn has already set a new career-high for homers in a season.

Bourn went deep yesterday for the sixth time in 57 games. His previous career-high was five homers, set in 2008 when he played 138 games. And in the three seasons since then Bourn had a total of seven homers in 456 games. In other words he’s never shown this type of power before, even in the minors.

And here’s the craziest part: All six of his homers have come in the last 24 games. Bourn had zero homers on May 11. Fast forward a month and suddenly he’s on pace for 17 homers after coming into the season with a grand total of 13 homers in 716 games and 2,663 plate appearances.

Along with adding significant thump at age 29 the impending free agent is also hitting a career-high .305 with a career-high .354 on-base percentage. He’s cut back some on the bases, stealing “only” 15 bags after leading the league in steals during each of the past three seasons, but if Bourn can maintain most of this new-found offensive production he doesn’t need to rely on his legs so much to provide value.

  1. biasedhomer - Jun 8, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    He will get a fat contract, I think he is one of the most undervalued players.

  2. bravesfan111 - Jun 8, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Hopefully with Chippers contract being up and retiring we will spend the money to keep him or sign some other big time free agent. The braves are one of the best team at brining up their players, but it’s nice to get a big time free agent from time to time.

  3. Gamera the Brave - Jun 8, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Thus the Bourn Supremacy begins…

  4. theawesomersfranchise - Jun 8, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    Best fielding CF in baseball atm?

  5. foreverchipper10 - Jun 8, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    I really hope the Braves retain him after the year is up. I don’t know if they will discuss a contract during the season. That being said, they need an owner who doesn’t view the team as just something to make money on and/or just something to spend the set amount of money on. They need someone who with passion running this thing so Frank Wren can work some magic and get them back to the top of the NL East.

  6. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Jun 8, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    I love everything he’s doing this year — minus a few too many times caught stealing — but it’s a little bittersweet knowing he’s playing himself right out of the Braves’ price range. There is little to no chance they’ll be able to match the deal somebody’s going to offer, especially considering the fact they have a prospect who projects as a big league CF, they’re going to need to fill a 3B or LF hole, and they would like to lock up McCann long term.

  7. mcqphx - Jun 8, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Gamera that was awesome. How did you come up with that? So smart.

    In all reality I had a bet going that some homer would post exactly what you posted. Thx for the 6 pack.

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