Monday, April 04, 2005

Jason Bourgeois Report

Jason Bourgeois, 2B, Atlanta Braves
Drafted 56th Overall (2nd Rd), 2000 Draft, HS, Houston, TX
Bats B/Throws R
23 YO, 5'9", 185 lbs

2004 was a lost year for Bourgeois, who failed to show that his .329/.416/.473 half season in the California League in 2003 was anything more than a hot streak punctuated by park factors. He's a speedy guy who doesn't really try to hit the ball deep. At his best, he's Joey Gathright with an infield glove. At his worst, he's a generic speedy infielder.

2004 Frisco: .256/.315/.330, 19 2B, 7 3B, 2 HR, 44 BB, 81 K, 30 SB, 10 CS, 530 AB
mL Career: .271/.341/.377, 84 2B, 21 3B, 25 HR, 178 BB, 291 K, 102 SB, 26 CS, 1897 AB

He's a very effective baserunner and he's no stiff on defense, so even if he doesn't hit, he still has a small chance of catching on as a utility player. However, a lot of teams demand that a player with his skill set also be able to play a credible shortstop in order to earn a job on their bench.

For the most part, I think the Bourgeois of 2004 is the real one. He's only had 2 samples where he's looked like a real hitter, one was in the friendly confines of the California League and the other was in 2001 in short season ball. He could surprise us and turn back into a legit 3 1/2 star prospect, but I wouldn't put any of my own money on that. The Braves will give him a shot as they claimed him off waivers from the Ranger, who clearly lost their patience.

ETA: Late 2005/Early 2006
1 1/2 Stars



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