I came across this Fangraphs article touting Mike Trout at the expense (somewhat) of Peter Bourjos, and I thought it was a time to take a moment to reflect on Fleet Pete.
Whether you like Baseball Reference's calculation of Wins Above Replacement or Fangraph's slightly more generous accounting of WAR, Peter Bourjos has accumulated more than 4 WAR in his first 506 PAs with the Angels. By contrast, Torii Hunter and Vernon Wells have only accumulated more than 4 WAR in a full season twice in each of their careers.
Suffice to say, Peter Bourjos is a player that the Angels must play, and must not trade for anything short of a superstar player -- and we should hope that he and Trout can cohabit the same Angels outfield for many years to come.
If, at the beginning of the season, someone predicted that Peter Bourjos would be hitting a very Erstad-like .272/.323/.397 at the All Star break, would you have been surprised? Pleased?