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LA Angels: Three Players Exceeding Expectations this Spring Training

By Vincent Page
TEMPE, ARIZONA - FEBRUARY 28: Dillon Peters #52 of the Los Angeles Angels delivers a pitch during the spring training game against the Texas Rangers at Tempe Diablo Stadium on February 28, 2019 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
TEMPE, ARIZONA - FEBRUARY 28: Dillon Peters #52 of the Los Angeles Angels delivers a pitch during the spring training game against the Texas Rangers at Tempe Diablo Stadium on February 28, 2019 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images) /
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SEATTLE, WA – APRIL 26: Peter Bourjos #25 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is congratulated by teammates after scoring on a sacrifice fly by Albert Pujols in the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on April 26, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA – APRIL 26: Peter Bourjos #25 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is congratulated by teammates after scoring on a sacrifice fly by Albert Pujols in the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on April 26, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) /

Peter Bourjos

By Vincent Page (@VincentPage74)

When the Angels brought back Peter Bourjos on a minor league contract, it immediately seemed as if he’d be in the race for the fourth outfield spot. However, Bourjos has taken an undeniable lead in that race, as he hot been as hot as anyone so far in Spring Training.

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In just seven games and 19 at bats, Bourjos has collected 10 hits with half of those going for extra bases. With two doubles, a triple, and two home runs, Bourjos’ swing has provided absolutely gorgeous results.

With those hits have come RBI’s, as Bourjos has driven in eight so far in Tempe. He has shown an all-around ability at the plate, and while his power is likely going to regress as Spring Training continues, it is pleasant to see Bourjos still has the ability to drive the ball out of the park on occasion after having only 15 home runs in the past four seasons combined.

And while his bat has been the focus this preseason, Bourjos’ defense is still elite. He can play all three outfield positions at an above-average level, making him an idea bench option. Whether it is to pinch hit for Calhoun late in a game for a better matchup, or to step into left field as a defensive substitute for Justin Upton to close out a win, Bourjos has immense value coming off the bench.

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