Going into the season there was a little buzz around Peter Bourjos’ name as someone that was worth a late round flier. In just 51 games and 181 at-bats last year with the Halos he managed to hit 6 home runs and steal 10 bases. The batting average didn’t provide as much promise, but it was a short sample size and Bourjos’ .293 average in 5 minor league seasons demonstrated that he had promise to produce in that category as well. With older outfielders crowding the roster, the Angels wanted to play Bourjos everyday because of his offensive potential and the finished product that he was as a defender.
Unfortunately that late round flier turned into an early season bust. In April, Bourjos drew just 5 walks while striking out 28 times. He followed that up by hitting .176 in May. Through the first 196 at-bats of the season he had hit 3 home runs and stolen 6 bases – about half the production that he had exhibited in his cup of coffee the season before. His greatest contribution to the fantasy season was a hamstring injury that enabled the Angels to call up the best prospect in the American League – until recently.
Over the last month, Bourjos has been helping in four categories. He has 6 home runs, 4 steals, a .314 average, and 20 runs scored. He also has 7 walks to 17 strikeouts – a huge improvement over the player that he was in April. Given that the Angels are one of the few teams in the Majors still playing for something and that Bourjos can help in so many different ways, he deserves serious mixed league consideration.
- Stephen Strasburg gave up just 1 hit in 6 innings in what will be his final rehab start. And perhaps for one night next week, baseball will take precedent over football.
- Gavin Floyd’s WHIP in over 50 innings since the all-star game is under 1.00. He has only had one bad month all season.
- Jason Motte has not allowed an earned run in his last 20 appearances. Craig Kimbrel has not allowed an earned in his last 35 appearances.
- Hardly a surprise, but Carlos Zambrano’s season is over.
- Bill Plaschke believes that the Dodgers should have the Cy Young (Clayton Kershaw) and MVP (Matt Kemp) winners this season.
- Chipper Jones has 5 home runs in his last ten games.
- Seven players already have at least 20 home runs and 20 steals. Last year only seven players did it for the entire season.
- Josh Johnson’s return this season is very doubtful according to Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest. The situation with Hanley Ramirez who had a set back is not clear, but Beinfest is encouraged that it isn’t Hanley’s throwing shoulder.
- Jesus Guzman is hitting .409 at Petco. The Padres have recalled Anthony Rizzo with roster expansion, so it will be interesting to see what the Padres do at first base going forward.
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