Is 2013 The Year Of The Bourjos?

By Jason Evans

If you read the reports over the last few days, you’ll see that it appears that the Angels will be going with an outfield of Mike Trout, Peter Bourjos and Mark Trumbo with Vernon Wells sprinkled in here and there in 2013.

Jul 23, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Peter Bourjos (25) catches a fly ball against the Kansas City Royals during the third inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-US PRESSWIRE

I think this is a great decision by management. I’m very curious to see what Peter Bourjos can do with consistent playing time. Bourjos has been the eye of many teams when they are looking to make a trade with the Angels. Bourjos has the talent and the speed and the fielding ability. The question is his batting eye.In 2011, he got 552 plate appearances. He was a league leader with 11 triples. The problem was in those 552 appearances, he only drew 37 walks which is way to little. If he can be more patient, he can be a weapon for the offense.The question then becomes, where to hit him in the lineup? I think at first, he needs to be hitting ninth, kind of in the same vein that the Yankees have with Brett Gardner. If he can show he can get on base and demonstrate an improve eye, maybe you move him to first with Trout hitting third and Albert Pujols fourth? Just an idea to think about.

Either way, 2013 is going to be an important year for Peter Bourjos. If he can show he can be more consistent with the stick, he’s going to stick around. If he doesn’t, the Angels may be in the market for a corner outfield bat next off-season.