Bourjos aims for better contact

Bourjos aims for better contact

Bourjos aims for better contact
BOSTON -- Peter Bourjos doesn't need to be told that he'd be better off putting the ball in play more often to take full advantage of his blazing speed. He took a .297 batting average into Tuesday night's game against the Red Sox despite striking out 32 times in 101 at-bats.

"I'm working on my two-strike approach, trying to find the balance," Bourjos said.

It comes and goes, as with most young players. When Bourjos' is locked in, he's driving the ball to alleys and racking up doubles (five) and triples (four).

"That's one part of his game he's paying attention to, trying to get a good two-strike approach and put more balls in play," manager Mike Scioscia said. "Offensively, Peter's not a finished product. He's doing a good job. Hitting ninth, he's going to be a real positive. If you're looking at a first- or second-place hitter with 250 [Major League] at-bats, that's a lot to ask. I think his strikeouts will be reduced as he learns the league and his swing better."

Experience also will be immensely beneficial in stealing bases. Bourjos is 3-for-7 in steal attempts, but the time is coming when Scioscia believes he'll put up "some eye-popping stolen-base numbers once he gets comfortable."

Bourjos is tied for first in the Majors with nine infield hits, and he leads in bunt hits (five) and triples (four).

Lyle Spencer is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.