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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

2014 FANTASY BASEBALL DRAFT SLEEPER: PETER BOURJOS OUTFIELDER ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

                                                              Peter Bourjos

Yes this guy again.  No doubt that is probably the collective response to the title of this article as outfielder Peter Bourjos has shown up on sleepers lists for the last four years now but during that time has more often than not been a complete letdown.  Blessed with blazing speed that screams out "stolen base asset" and underrated pop, Bourjos ultimately flamed out in Los Angeles with the Angels due to injuries stumping his growth.  This offseason saw the Angels throw in the towel on Bourjos by sending him to the St. Louis Cardinals in a trade, with the latter looking to shore up their outfield defense.  Defense of course is not a fantasy baseball category but Bourjos retains some sleeper value at least for one more season due to his new locale and for the fact he is still only 27.  So with that said let's dig in a bit more and find out what Bourjos could provide his fantasy baseball owners this season. 

In looking back at Bourjos' career, one has to look at his 2011 season for an idea of what he could supply numbers-wise with good health.  During that year, Bourjos hit .271 with 12 home runs and 22 stolen bases in only 502 at-bats.  At the age of only 24 no less.  So the tools are certainly there for Bourjos and the opportunity in St. Louis is key since he was in and out of the lineup often with the Angels and pushed up and down the order which is tough on any hitter.  Also perhaps no other organization in baseball regarding both their hitters and pitchers has had more players turn around their careers in their locale than in St. Louis. 

As far as Bourjos and his ability is concerned, there is a nice combination of speed and pop here on a Carlos Gomez-light level.  Bourjos has 15 home run pop and the speed to steal 25 bases if all breaks right.  It is still too early with regards to knowing where Bourjos will hit in the order but if his health cooperates, that possible 15/25 season can be accompanied by around 70 runs scored and around 60 RBI with a .260-ish batting average.  The average is shaky no doubt which can be blamed on a high K rate and some issues against righties but the power/speed ability is what would lead you to make a speculative pick here late in your draft.

As I said earlier we have been down this road multiple times with Bourjos in the past.  However there will be next to no competition for his services this season which means you can use one of your last picks to see if he can finally make good on his ability. 

2014 PROJECTION:  .268 14 HR 59 RBI 74 R 16 SB

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1 comment:

  1. Stunting growth.... not stumping growth....cmon

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