Player Profile: Jason Bourgeois


Jason Bourgeois hit .294 in 238 at-bats with the Astros last season. It was an up and down season for the native Houstonian that included two lengthy stints on the disabled list. An oblique injury and a strained quad cost Bourgeois considerable time during the first half of the season. At the All-Star break Bourgeois had an attractive .353/.371/.422 slash line. But his second half numbers were considerably lower. Bourgeois hit only .250/.287/.309 after the break.

Bourgeois had a dismal August, hitting only .157, but finished strong with a .341 average in September. Bourgeois split time with Brian Bogusevic in rightfield after Hunter Pence was traded to Philadelphia. The speedster was also used as a pinch-runner and late inning defensive replacement. His 31 stolen bases ranked ninth in the National League. His tenacious style of play earned Bourgeois the Astros Heart and Hustle Award in 2011.

A second round draft pick by the Rangers in 2000 out of Forest Brook High School, Bourgeois toiled nine seasons in the minors before a September call-up by the White Sox in 2008. After a cup of coffee with the Brewers in 2009 the Astros claimed Bourgeois off waivers. Bourgeois turns 30 in January and it will be interesting to see what role he plays for the Astros in 2012. Houston has signed three minor league free agents that will challenge Bourgeois for playing time in the outfield. Bourgeois played seven innings at second base last season and could see more action there in Spring Training. Becoming efficient at the position could save Bourgeois’ spot on the Opening Day roster.

Tags: Baseball Brian Bogusevic Houston Astros Hunter Pence Jason Bourgeois

  • Its Gonna Happen

    Hitting .294 and having as close to Michael Bourn speed as you can get, you think he’d be a shoe in to replace Mikey in CF. Now he’s going to compete between RF and 2B? I don’t get it. I know he’s questionable defensively but you could argue that to playing time. I think he COULD be better than MB overall. But that’s a big could.

  • Its Gonna Happen

    Hitting .294 and having as close to Michael Bourn speed as you can get, you think he’d be a shoe in to replace Mikey in CF. Now he’s going to compete between RF and 2B? I don’t get it. I know he’s questionable defensively but you could argue that to playing time. I think he COULD be better than MB overall. But that’s a big could.

    • astrosince1975

      @Its Gonna Happen The Astros appear to be committed to Jordan Schafer in CF. If he falters, Bourgeois could be a fall-back option. Bourgeois is already 30 years old and doesn’t really fit in with the youth movement. Schafer is only 25. The two actually have similar skill sets, speed being their best asset. Schafer is better defensively, but Bourgeois may be a better all around player.

      The Astros want to see if Schafer can reach his potential. Bourgeois is less likely to be the long-term solution in CF. But things could change if Schafer continues to get in trouble off the field and Bourgeois shows more consistency and proves to be a late bloomer.

      • Its Gonna Happen

        @astrosince1975
        I like Schafer and think he could be exactly what Mikey was for us, but I really think Bourgeois could be a step up offensively. And if he has another first half like he did last year, we could get another shot at the Michael Bourn trade that most of us complained about.

  • astrosince1975

    @Its Gonna Happen The Astros appear to be committed to Jordan Schafer in CF. If he falters, Bourgeois could be a fall-back option. Bourgeois is already 30 years old and doesn’t really fit in with the youth movement. Schafer is only 25. The two actually have similar skill sets, speed being their best asset. Schafer is better defensively, but Bourgeois may be a better all around player.

    The Astros want to see if Schafer can reach his potential. Bourgeois is less likely to be the long-term solution in CF. But things could change if Schafer continues to get in trouble off the field and Bourgeois shows more consistency and proves to be a late bloomer.

  • Its Gonna Happen

    @astrosince1975
    I like Schafer and think he could be exactly what Mikey was for us, but I really think Bourgeois could be a step up offensively. And if he has another first half like he did last year, we could get another shot at the Michael Bourn trade that most of us complained about.