As a part of IBI’s beginning of season festivities, we have preview capsules on all 55 players currently in major league camp with at least some chance of helping the big league team (it was 54, but the acquisition of Justin Sellers added one more). The last batch of these is running today as the outfielders get their due.
There is just not much more to it; spring training is here and real baseball is just around the corner. Enjoy!
Michael Bourn, OF
Michael Bourn was Cleveland’s belated offseason present, signing a four-year, $48 million contract in February after his market fell apart. The speedy outfielder had been expected to get more coming off of a .274/.348/.391 line with 42 steals and 6.2 fWAR season in 2012, but a combination of factors (including being attached to draft pick compensation) limited him to the contract Cleveland gave him.
Following his disappointing offseason, the 2013 campaign was also not kind to Bourn. The outfielder was limited to 130 games after getting a finger spiked in April and ended up needing surgery on his hamstring when he injured it in the final regular season game of the season. Beyond the injuries, Bourn was not nearly as effective when playing, only posting a .263/.316/.360 line with 23 steals and a 2.0 fWAR. Advanced metrics only rated his defense as average — a significant drop from 2012 — and while those metrics can be a little flawed in one-year samples, Bourn did not impress to the eyes either. Read More…
From Indians Baseball Insider, March 11, 2014