Michael Bourn by Elliott Jenkins
Bourn came to the Astros with Geoff Geary and Mike Costanzo for Brad Lidge and Eric Bruntlett in November 2007. Bourn, a Houston native, became an immediate fan favorite for his outstanding defense and electric speed on the base paths. He won consecutive Gold Gloves in 2009 and 2010 and was voted to the 2010 All-Star Team. He led the NL in plate appearances in 2011 and steals from 2009 to 2011. In 2011, he led all of the MLB in steals with 61, though only 39 were with the Astros.
He is 1st all-time in career Astros stolen base percentage with 82.48%. He is also 7th all-time in Astros career stolen bases with 193. In 2009, he hit 12 triples, good enough for the 5th-highest single season total. Defensively, Bourn has the 2nd-highest single-season mark for defensive WAR with 3.5 in 2010, and he is 9th all-time in career defensive WAR with 4.8. Not bad for three years.
He formed a dynamic duo with fellow Texan Hunter Pence that, amid a flurry of bad roster moves and post-World Series depression, was the highlight of Astros baseball for a few years. And, like Pence, Bourn was one of the first dominoes to fall in the eventual Astros rebuild. Bourn was traded to the Atlanta Braves for Juan Abreu, Paul Clemens, Jordan Schafer, and Brett Oberholtzer at the 2011 trade deadline just hours after Pence was traded.
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