Scioscia touts Bourjos as Gold Glove candidate

Scioscia touts Bourjos as Gold Glove candidate

ANAHEIM -- Peter Bourjos lost rookie status but opened eyes wide with his remarkable defense in his two months with the Angels last season, turning the sensational into routine while throwing out 10 runners on the basepaths.

They aren't running on the Angels' young center fielder now, having learned the dangers he poses with his ability to close on balls and throw strikes. But he's still running down balls in gaps and crashing into walls as a regular on the highlight-reel shows, and his manager, Mike Scioscia, senses that the voters on the Gold Glove panel -- managers and coaches across the American League -- are keenly aware of the scope of Bourjos' defensive talents.

"I've talked to every coach and manager," Scioscia said, "and there have been enough of them who marvel at what Peter can do. No doubt he's a Gold Glove candidate.

"He gets to balls quick and his arm is strong and accurate. You'll see some teams try to run on him in certain situations. He's made some terrific throws."

Bourjos has three assists, five fewer than nine time Gold Glover Torii Hunter in right field. One of Bourjos' best throws -- a one-hop strike to catcher Jeff Mathis -- could have ended the series finale in the Angels' favor last Sunday at Dodger Stadium. But Dee Gordon was ruled to have scored, contrary to what replays appeared to show, and the Dodgers went on to win the game in the bottom of the ninth.

"That was a great throw by Peter and a great play by Jeff," said Scioscia, who was matter-of-fact after the game that the call was missed.