Sunday, November 30, 2014

Player Profile: Peter Bourjos

I have two cards of Peter Bourjos. This one is from 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter.

Playing career: Outfielder Peter Bourjos came up with the Angels in 2010 and had a great 2011 season, hitting .271 with 12 HR, 43 RBI and 22 SB, leading the American League with 11 triples. However, injuries and ineffectiveness led to a marked decrease in playing time in 2012 and 2013.

Where he is now: He was traded to the Cardinals in 2014 but the change of scenery didn’t reverse his fortunes. In 119 games he hit .231 with 4 HR, 24 RBI and 9 SB. He was hitless in two postseason at-bats, primarily being used as a defensive replacement.

Interesting facts: Son of former Giants outfielder Chris Bourjos.

My memories: When he first came up I was struck that he had the same name as Chris Bourjos, because it was such an unusual name. I didn’t even consider that he would his son.

Google Autocomplete results: He is third when you type Peter Bo, between Peter Bogdanovich, a film director, and Peter Borish, an investor. There do not appear to be any other prominent Peter Bourjoses.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Michael Bourn.

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