Bourn's value remains high with Braves
July, 31, 2011
By Eric Karabell | ESPN.com
The Philadelphia Phillies had made their outfield move, acquiring Hunter Pence from the Houston Astros a few days earlier, so now it was time for the team chasing them to act. The Atlanta Braves went to the same place to find speedster Michael Bourn, dealing outfielder Jordan Schafer and three prospects, and it's a move that should certainly aid the team's underachieving offense.
Bourn, a former Phillie incidentally, is a terrific center fielder and currently the league's top base stealer. He has 39 stolen bases -- seven more than anyone else in baseball. Bourn was the No. 99 player chosen in ESPN live drafts, but he's far outperformed that 10th-round rank, as he's No. 14 among all players -- seventh in the outfield -- on the ESPN Player Rater. Part of that is because Bourn is such a prolific base stealer, but the .303 batting average and pace for 97 runs are nice as well. And now he's on his way to a team with better hitters in the middle of the lineup.
Ronald C. Modra/Getty ImagesMichael Bourn's batting average, to go along with all his stolen bases, is one reason why he's so highly ranked on the Player Rater.