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.
Happy Sunday everyone! Let’s take a look back at some former R-Phils from earlier today — ENJOY!
Kyle Kendrick (2007) – Kendrick, who spent the majority of 2009 in Lehigh Valley (AAA), has been lights out this spring for the Phils — and today was no different. Starting for the Phils against the Orioles today, Kendrick, 25, tossed four shutout innings, allowing just two hits, and no walks, en-route to another step forward in the fifth rotation battle. A native of Houston, Texas, Kendrick has now tossed nine shutout innings this spring, allowing just four hits, and no walks — pretty impressive for someone who has battled control problems over the past two seasons.
Brett Myers (’01, ’07, & Rehab in ’09) – Myers, who signed with the Houston Astros this offseason, started for the ‘Stros today against the Braves, and tossed four solid inning en-route to his second win of the spring. The 29-year-old Myers allowed just two runs on six hits, three walks, while fanning six, to improve to 2-0 with a 6.00 ERA. Thr former Phil will start for the ‘Stros this season, and will fall into a solid rotation, alongside Roy Oswalt and Wandy Rodriguez.
Randy Ruiz (’05 & ’07) – Ruiz, 32, went 1-3 with a HR (2) and 2 RBIs as the starting DH for the Jays earlier today. Ruiz enjoyed a solid season for the Jays in ’09, hitting an impressive .313 with 10 homers and 17 RBIs in just 33 games played. Fans of the Reading Phillies will never forget the season he put up in 2005, when he hit a Reading record .349.
Others of Note –
Michael Bourn (2005-2006) – Bourn went 1-3 with 2 RBIs for the ‘Stros. He won his first Gold Glove last year
Drew Carpenter (2008) – Carpenter, who is battling for the 5th spot in the Phillies rotation, tossed three solid innings today for Philadelphia, but was saddled with the loss. A tough luck loser today, Carpenter allowed just one run on three hits, while fanning five batters in the Phillies 4-3 loss to the Orioles.
Sergio Escalona (2008-2009) – Escalona, battling for a spot in the Phillies bullpen, struggled against the Orioles, allowing three runs on four hits, earning his second blown save of the spring season.
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Let’s check in on today’s action — ENJOY!
Domonic Brown (2009) – Brown, who has been on fire this spring, cooled off a bit today, going 0-2 and left 2 runners on base. He didn’t start the game, but played RF for the Phils today.
Kyle Kendrick (2007) – Kendrick continues to impress at camp and today was no exception. The 25-year-old started for the Phils and tossed three shutout innings — allowing just one hit, no walks, and fanned one batter. Kendrick has now tossed six shutout frames this spring and looks to be in serious contention for that 5th spot in the Philadelphia rotation.
Scott Mathieson (2006-’07 & 2009) – Mathieson allowed one run on two hits over one inning of work against the Yanks today. The 26-year-old righty fanned two batters and will look to make an impact this season — perhaps winning a shot in the Philadelphia bullpen at some point in 2010.
Jimmy Rollins (1999) – Rollins, the 2007 NL MVP award
winner, went 2-4 with his second homer of the season earlier today — a
first inning blast off N.Y. Yankees starter Javier Vasquez. In 1999,
J-Roll enjoyed a solid campaign in Baseballtown — hitting .273 with 11
homers and 56 RBIs for the R-Phils. A year later, Rollins was in the
Majors and has been every since.
Others of Note –
Michael Bourn (2005-2006) – Bourn, a Gold Glove winner last season, went 1-3 today with the ‘Stros. He started in CF and batted leadoff.
Gustavo Chacin (2009) – Chacin, who is trying to catch on with the Astros this spring, allowed one run on three hits over one inning against his former team, the Toronto Blue Jays.
Gio Gonzalez (2006) – Gonzalez allowed two runs on three hits over 2 innings for the A’s earlier today against the Chicago Cubs.
Zack Segovia (2006-2008) – Segovia, who is in camp with the Yankees this spring, tossed 1.1 IP and allowed one run on three hits. The former R-Phil earned a hold for the defending World Champs today against his former ‘mates.