Sunday, October 24, 2004

Michael Bourn Report

Michael Bourn, CF, Philadelphia Phillies
Drafted 115th Overall (4th Round), Houston
Bats L/Throws R
21 YO, 5'11", 180 lbs

Baseball Prospectus used to call Greg Zaun the "Practically Perfect Backup Catcher". Well, in the Sally League this season, Michael Bourn had a practically perfect season for a leadoff hitter, and established himself as a premier outfield prospect. The stats are staggering. He hit .317/.433/.470 with 20 doubles, 14 triples, 5 home runs, 87 walks, 88 K's, and 57 SB with a 90% success rate. Oh, and he's a rangy flycatcher in center field. That's a Tim Raines season.

I like Bourn a lot, and not just because he has a made-for-primetime name. This is why teams draft speedy players. When they figure out how to draw a walk, use their speed on the bases efficiently, and run around the outfield like they were shot out of a cannon, they can be very valuable players. If Bourn doesn't completely collapse, he could be playing in between Pat Burrell and Bobby Abreau within 2 seasons.

ETA: 2007
4 1/2 Stars

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