Pence not only winner in trade to Phillies
While one Houston Astros outfielder was leaving the team's Friday night game in Milwaukee early, another singled, walked and stole two bases. It's true that Hunter Pence and Jason Bourgeois were in the lineup for this latest loss, but only one of them ended the game that way. Pence is on his way to the Philadelphia Phillies, in a trade for four prospects fantasy owners won't need to worry about for at least two years, while Bourgeois should finally get some playing time security.
Bourgeois is hitting .370 in 119 at-bats this season, still not quite enough to convince everyone he's more than just a journeyman speedster who has been overachieving. However, anyone in need of stolen bases has to appreciate the 20 swipes in limited time. For perspective, 19 players have stolen 20 or more bases this season; only Bourgeois and Toronto Blue Jays fourth outfielder Rajai Davis have fewer than 300 at-bats (and Davis is at 297).
Seeing that Bourgeois is owned in only 7.6 percent of ESPN standard leagues and the Astros seem intent on batting him third in their punchless lineup, it's likely he will become one of fantasy's most added players in the coming days and weeks. Just be careful here: Bourgeois is 29 years old. Last season in nearly the same amount of playing time with the Astros, he hit .220 and slugged .268. His current batting average on balls in play is .410, which is not likely to continue, and it will take his batting average with it. Bourgeois doesn't hit for power and he's not a walker, but he did steal 256 bases over parts of 12 minor league seasons. Just don't be shocked if he drops 100 points off his current batting average by September.
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