For Peter Bourjos, it's like 2012 never happened.
"After the season, I took a long break mentally and just didn't even think about it," the Angels outfielder said, referring to a season in which he hit .220 with a .291 on-base percentage.
There's no question the numbers were disappointing, but there seems to be general agreement around the Angels that his season can be discounted because he was hurt in the spring and didn't get much playing time when he was healthy.
"It's tough to look at anything offensively with Peter and say he did or didn't do this," Manager Mike Scioscia said, "because once Mike Trout came and took off, Peter never got the consistent looks to contribute. The year before is more reflective of what his talent is, and hopefully he'll play at that level."
That's what the Angels are hoping anyway.
Part of the reason they felt they had the depth to trade Kendrys Morales was a belief Bourjos would hit well enough to be an everyday player.
In 2011, he hit .271 with a league-leading 11 triples and 12 homers. Although those aren't eye-popping numbers offensively, certainly they are good enough to keep Bourjos in center field, where his glove is his real strength.
"Peter has the ability not to have the pressure to bring a ton of offense or be off the chart offensively like Mike Trout is because of the premium defensive look he gives your team and how he can help you win games out there," Scioscia said. "Peter is a good baseball player. If he ends up playing at the level he can, no doubt he's going to get a lot of playing time and give us a deep look in the outfield on the defensive side."
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