Gold Gloves (pt.1)…

Major League Baseball has started to hand out its bourn_michael.jpghardware, and two former R-Phils took home awards yesterday — Michael Bourn and Scott Rolen. Each player, who spent time in Baseballtown, won a Gold Glove on Tuesday — but for these two talented individuals, that was nothing new.

Michael Bourn — (2005-2006)
With a .992 fielding percentage in 2010, Bourn, 27, brought home his second-straight Gold Glove. The former R-Phils outfielder committed just three errors in 370 total chances this past season, and continues to be one of the best defensive outfielders in the game.

Bourn, who missed the final 13
games of the season with an oblique strain, said he gave last year’s award to his
mother and father, who live close to him in Houston. When he’s
presented with this year’s award, he plans to keep it for himself.

Offensively, Bourn hit just .265 with two home runs, and 38 RBIs, but stole a league-best 52 bags. In 2009, he hit .285 with three home runs and 35 RBIs, with a league-best 61 stolen bases.

Bourn became only the fifth player in Astros history to win multiple Gold Gloves, and the way he has performed at the Major League level, the 27-year-old may be a lock for a Gold Glove year in and year out.

As for his time in Reading, the Houston, TX native hit .268 with six home runs and 44 RBIs with the R-Phils in 2005. The speedy center fielder swiped 38 bases and committed just one error, and began to make a name for himself in the Phillies organization. 

A year later, Bourn was back in Baseballtown, and continued to make a mark in Reading. In 318 at-bats, 200 fewer than the previous season (was promoted to SWB in July), Bourn posted a .274 mark with four home runs, 26 RBIs and 30 stolen bases.

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