Interview conducted by David Saltzer, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer
One of the few bright spots for the Angels in 2010 was the emergence of a gifted centerfielder, Peter Bourjos. His arrival had an immediate impact on the team. Not only did Torii Hunter move from centerfield (where he had won 9 Gold Glove Awards) to right field to accommodate the rookie, but the overall defense and pitching improved dramatically. In just 49 starts, Peter finished with 149 put outs and 10 assists. Projecting those numbers to a full season, Peter would have easily led all American League centerfielders in both defensive statistics if he had played for a full season. His aggressive and impressive defense quickly made him a fan favorite, as did his speed on the basepaths.
AngelsWin.com recorded this interview with Chris Bourjos on August 30th, 2010, right after Chris just watched his son play a series against Baltimore in Anaheim. Chris is a Major League scout for the Baltimore Orioles, and former Major League outfielder for the Giants. Chris took the time to speak with AngelsWin.com to give the fans his impressions as a dad and as a scout on seeing his son play. Chris is easy to talk to and a class act. He is a proud father and an expert on the game, and has a unique perspective on seeing his son succeed at the Major League level.
AngelsWin.com: What was it like seeing your son this weekend playing in Anaheim?
Chris Bourjos: It’s always exciting to watch Pete play. Obviously we’re a lot more excited at this level than at any other level that he’s played at since he’s played Little League or soccer or football. Me and my wife and my daughter, we’ve always looked forward to that day to watch, whether it’s soccer, football or baseball, whatever it is. Playing at home in Angels stadium is hard to describe. It’s pretty special.
AngelsWin.com: What would your scouting report be on Peter?