2013 MLB Preview: Peter Bourjos Will Get His Chance

Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Angels trade with the New York Yankees not only freed up over $13 million dollars but also opened the door, once and for all for Peter Bourjos to be an everyday player for the Angels.

The 26 year olds best season came in 2011 where he posted a .271 batting average with 12 home runs and 22 stolen bases in 147 games for the halos. Bourjos regressed in 2012 battling an injury hitting more than 50 points lower than his previous breakout season.

Bourjos will look to set the table offensively with the big bats hitting behind him in the Angels’ lineup. Bourjos made positive strides in spring training batting .317 with two dingers and three swipes on the base paths during Grapefruit League action.

The former 10th round pick of the 2005 amateur draft will look to establish himself as a premier base stealer in the majors. Bourjos stole 141 bases in his minor league career with his personal best coming in 2008 where he thieved 50 bags. Bourjos managed only  three bases last season in 101 games, a huge decline from the 22 he stole the previous season.

Bourjos is also an excellent defender in the outfield with a career .991 fielding percentage at a demanding centerfield position. The Angels will possess one of the most explosive offensive lineups in all of baseball and Bourjos will now have a chance to be an everyday part of that with both his glove and bat.

Clayton Richer covers the Toronto Blue Jays for Rant Sports. Follow and interact with him on Twitter at @MLBHotCorner.

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