Peter Bourjos
Peter Bourjos
31-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Los Angeles Angels
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Bourjos broke camp with the Braves in 2018, but he was designated for assignment less than a month into the season as Atlanta freed up a roster spot for top prospect Ronald Acuna. After spending some time with Atlanta's Triple-A affiliate, the 31-year-old rejoined the big club at the end of May as outfield depth, only to be cut loose again about a month later. Bourjos latched on with the Giants shortly thereafter but ultimately finished out the season in the minors. He wound up hitting just .205/.239/.364 across 47 plate appearances in the majors (all with Atlanta) thanks to a career-worst 31.9% strikeout rate. His defense also slipped, but regardless the Angels, the team that originally drafted Bourjos way back in 2005, brought him back on a minors deal in November and he is expected to compete for an Opening Day role as the team's fourth outfielder. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Angels in November of 2018.
Signs with Angels
OFLos Angeles Angels  NRI
November 16, 2018
Bourjos has agreed to a minor-league deal with Los Angeles, Jeff Fletcher of the Southern California News Group reports.
Bourjos spent the first four seasons of his professional career with the Angels, and he'll return with the hope of becoming their fourth outfielder. He should have plenty of opportunities to win a roster spot in spring training but will start the year at Triple-A Salt Lake if he fails to do so.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
Since 2016vs Left .713 222 22 4 13 3 .268 .306 .407
Since 2016vs Right .641 411 50 7 29 8 .222 .268 .373
2018vs Left .591 22 2 1 1 0 .182 .182 .409
2018vs Right .610 25 3 0 3 0 .227 .292 .318
2017vs Left .752 113 14 3 8 2 .260 .310 .442
2017vs Right .534 90 13 2 7 3 .179 .225 .310
2016vs Left .695 87 6 0 4 1 .301 .333 .361
2016vs Right .676 296 34 5 19 5 .235 .279 .397
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Since 2016Home .643 291 31 3 17 7 .236 .285 .357
Since 2016Away .686 342 41 8 25 4 .241 .279 .407
2018Home .206 21 2 0 0 0 .056 .150 .056
2018Away .885 26 3 1 4 0 .308 .308 .577
2017Home .780 94 13 2 9 3 .282 .333 .447
2017Away .550 109 14 3 6 2 .175 .220 .330
2016Home .619 176 16 1 8 4 .231 .275 .344
2016Away .731 207 24 4 15 2 .267 .306 .426
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
The Rays became the fourth organization to give Bourjos an opportunity at the big-league level when he appeared in 100 games for Tampa Bay last season. Unfortunately, the results weren't any different than what he's brought to the table over the previous three seasons, as he struggled to get on base, hit for average, provide power or translate his raw tools into offensive production. As a defender, Bourjos' glove in the outfield is still useful off the bench, and his numbers against lefties last season (.752 OPS) might be enough for a team to let him compete for a roster spot this spring. Now 31 years old, he's nearing the end of the line barring a significant improvement with the bat as he's more than a half-decade removed from the 12-homer, 22-steal effort with the Angels that once teased fantasy owners that he could be a power-and-speed combo threat capable of making a consistent impact.
The Phillies picked Bourjos up off waivers from the Cardinals prior to last season and installed him as their starting right fielder. He got off to a terrible start at the dish, hitting just .199 with a homer and a .522 OPS in the first two months of the season. He lost his starting job briefly, but when other outfielders failed to seize the job, he was given another chance. Bourjos re-entered the lineup as a starter on June 13 and went on to hit .291 with four homers and an .806 OPS over his final 67 games of the season. Those numbers looks good, but most of that success came during a three-week stretch in June when he hit .460/.509/.720. Bourjos has been caught on the basepaths more times than he's been successful over the past two seasons and he no longer plays the outfield near an elite level, so it will be tough for him to find regular at-bats in 2017 even in a relatively thin White Sox outfield.
The Cardinals left Bourjos exposed to waivers, with several younger, more talented players having leaped him on the organizational depth chart, and the Phillies pounced. Bourjos, a once-promising 28-year-old, hit just .200/.290/.333 in 2015, easily his worst year as a major leaguer, posting a -0.8 bWAR. As a 24-year-old with the Angels, Bourjos showed plenty of promise with decent pop, solid average, speed on the bases and great defense in center, but he's regressed fairly consistently since then. In 2015 he was only successful on five of 13 stolen-base attempts and struck out in over 25 percent of his plate appearances. New general manager Matt Klentak said he expects Bourjos to compete for a starting role in the spring, but even that will probably not be enough to push Bourjos back on to mixed-league radars.
Bourjos was largely disappointing after being acquired in the David Freese trade last winter, hitting just .231 and posting an ugly .294 OBP in 264 at-bats. While he offers great defense in center his bat pushed him down and eventually out of the lineup in 2014. Having now failed to grab a full-time role in both St. Louis and Anaheim, Bourjos looks to be nothing more than an MLB bench player, providing defense and some speed off of the bench. It's possible Jon Jay could fail to live up to his 2014 numbers and Bourjos could get one final shot at a starting job, but he turns 28 in March and it seems unlikely that we'll see enough improvement on his .247/.304/.388 career numbers for him to find fantasy relevance again. After undergoing hip surgery in November, Bourjos is expected to be ready for the start of spring training.
In the end, 2013 was another lost season for Bourjos, as a rash of injuries forced the outfielder to miss 107 games, before undergoing season-ending surgery to repair a fractured wrist in September. When healthy, he brings elite defense at a premium position thanks to his plus speed, which gives him the potential to win a Gold Glove in center field. His ability may finally be realized, after the Cardinals acquired him in a four-player swap with the Angels in November. Although Bourjos has not shown a patient eye at the plate during his time in the big leagues, as exemplified by a career 5.5 percent walk rate, he flashed his capability as a regular in 2011 when he was given 552 plate appearances, rewarding the Halos with double-digit homers, 22 steals, and a useful .327 OBP. His defense should enable him to secure an everyday role for St. Louis, but he seems likely to end up in the bottom-third of the batting order, after Matt Carpenter's success in the leadoff spot last season.
Bourjos got off to a slow start last year after a strong 2011 campaign, and never really fit into the picture once Mark Trumbo, Mike Trout and Torii Hunter established themselves as the starting outfielders in Anaheim. Now Hunter is out of the picture and Bourjos is set to take over as the Angels' starting center fielder despite persistent trade rumors. He profiles as an elite defender thanks to his fantastic speed, but hasn't had a ton of success stealing bases at the big league level despite swiping 141 bags in 472 minor league games. Look for him to improve upon that skill if he gets consistent playing time, which could make him a useful fantasy option if he can match his offensive output from 2011.
Bourjos established himself as the Angels' regular center fielder in 2011. While he struck out 124 times and posted a .327 OBP, 49 of his 136 hits went for extra bases, including 11 triples and 12 home runs. Bourjos spent most of the last campaign batting in the bottom third of the order, and he'll likely open there in 2012. However, if he can improve his plate discipline and secure a spot near the top of the order, he could score a lot of runs batting in front of Albert Pujols.
Bourjos' 6:40 BB:K ratio in 181-at-bats last season indicates he may need more time in the minors to work on his plate discipline, but it appears the Angels are ready to hand him the starting center field job in 2011. Though Bourjos struggled to get on base, he usually picked up a few bases at a time when he did, finishing with 16 extra-base hits (including six homers) and 10 steals. Bourjos is unlikely to maintain those rates throughout an entire season, but he could provide some surprising speed, and is certainly a guy those in AL-only leagues will want to get to know as a result.
You have to take a lot of the air out of Angels' prospects stats, so Bourjos' mildly impressive lines are actually not indicative of a bright future. To his credit, he dramatically improved his walk rate, so there's some reason to hope he can be more than a fourth outfielder. The Angels need a leadoff hitter, and this is the best internal option for 2011.
Bourjos' main asset is his speed. Bourjos stole 50 bases last season and was only caught 10 times, an above-average 83 percent success rate. Bourjos will only turn 21 next year but expect him to begin the season with Double-A Arkansas.
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Latches on with Giants
OFSan Francisco Giants  NRI
July 13, 2018
Bourjos inked a minor-league contract with the Giants on Friday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
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Elects free agency
OFFree Agent  NRI
July 2, 2018
Bourjos chose to become a free agent Monday.
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Let go from major-league roster
OFAtlanta Braves  NRI
June 30, 2018
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Pops first homer Wednesday
OFAtlanta Braves  NRI
June 20, 2018
Bourjos got the start in right field and hit ninth in Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Blue Jays, going 1-for-3 with a solo home run.
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Joins big-league club
OFAtlanta Braves  NRI
May 31, 2018
The Braves selected the contract of Bourjos from Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday.
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