Is Peter Bourjos the Best Center Fielder In Baseball?

Peter Bourjos has been a stud defensively since he was given the job full time by the Angels. Obviously, they felt like he would be a good one to move Torii Hunter out of the position, and so far- so good. Bourjos has been making highlight reel catches almost every game, but what makes him special is his ability to track down balls in the gaps while making them routine. Watching him play the position has been a lot of fun, and he reminds me of watching Andrew Jones playing Center early in his career.


The question I have for anyone right now is simply…Is Peter Bourjos the best center fielder in baseball right now. I’d have to say he’s very much in that conversation. He has to be. His blazing speed and highlight catches are easy to point out, but what about his ability to turn base hits into outs? Covering more ground helps his corner outfielders shade towards the lines which also take away hits. Bourjos is changing the way the Angels are playing defensively, and that’s not only helping the defense, but it’s taking some pressure off of an offense to really bash.

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  • bginsc

    He’s not the best yet – but he’s getting there. He needs a little more seasoning in the knowing how and when to direct traffic department… but he’s shown improvement in that regard as the season has gone. I’ve been an Angel fan for a long time, and the Angels have had their share of exciting center fielders. But no one… not Mickey Rivers, not Devon White, not Jim Edmonds or Darrin Erstad… has covered ground like Speedy Petey. He makes the hard look easy, the difficult routine, and the impossible possible. This kid is flat out fun to watch play D. And you’re right – his speed lets the corner outfielders shade the lines… and Wells and Hunter aren’t exactly defensive slouches. The communication thing took awhile… a rookie was bound to be a bit intimidated having a Gold Glove All Stars on both sides, both of whom were center fielders moved to make room for him… but it’s getting there. Yeah, he’s definitely in the room when it comes to talking about best center fielders… and it won’t be long before any debate is pointless.

  • Barbara Schriebman

    I “LOVE” Peter Bourjos!

    (get back soon). I am shocked, that the Angels brought up Mike Trout. It is simply not their style, even rather than September. Bourjos will be missed until then and perhaps, that is part of their reasoning. Also, should make their trade chips more interesting. I certainly hope, they retain the more impressive ones: like: Bourjos, Trumbo, Trout, Walden etc.

  • Tim Morris

    Matt Kemp, nuff said :D