Catching up with some former Astros

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Michael Bourn (Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports)

Michael Bourn

Bourn was an All-Star for Atlanta last season but the Braves elected not to re-sign the speedy centerfielder. The Cleveland Indians inked Bourn to a 4-year deal in February and, like the Astros, Michael made his American League debut this season. But Bourn’s numbers have slipped a bit since joining the more hitter-friendly junior circuit.

Is Bourn already slowing down at the age of thirty? His stolen base numbers would suggest that he is. Michael led the league by swiping at least 50 bags in each of his three seasons with the Astros. Last year that number fell to 42 and so far this season Bourn has only totaled 22 steals. His success rate has also suffered. Bourn was caught stealing an N.L. high 13 times last season and he has been successful on only 66.7% of his attempts this year. Bourn’s overall numbers on offense have also dipped. His batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging numbers are all the lowest he has posted since 2008.

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