Peter Bourjos has all of the makings to be an All-Star, but he hasn't been able to stay on the field. When he has been healthy, there have been mixed results.
If any club can get the most out of a player, it's the St. Louis Cardinals.
As the Los Angeles Times' Mike DiGiovanna reported earlier this offseason, Bourjos was acquired in a multi-player trade from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for third baseman David Freese. Center fielder Jon Jay disappointed last season, so the Cardinals decided to address the position in the offseason.
It's not clear where the new Cardinal will hit in the lineup, but his skill set fits well at the top of the order. He has good speed, which would set the tone for the team's deep lineup if he could get on base enough.
However, it has been inconsistency that has plagued his career. Take a look at his batting averages through four seasons:
If he continues to trend that way, he is in store for a disappointing season.
St. Louis fans should be worried about a huge split. Bourjos has hit .274 throughout his career at Angel Stadium but only .228 on the road. He has played the same number of games at home and on the road, so there's not too much of a difference in terms of plate appearances.
Last year, he hit .308 at home and .221 on the road. That's a pretty steep drop.
The Cardinals are hoping that he can carry his success from Angel Stadium to Busch Stadium. In order to do that, he's going to have to find a way to stay healthy.
Baseball Prospectus provides an in-depth injury history for the 26-year-old. Last year, he missed most of the year with a broken right wrist. Here are the other body parts that have been hurt in the past: left wrist, thumb, groin and thigh.
He is a strong center fielder who can cover a lot of ground. Injuries are part of life for players of that mold. St. Louis needs him to be healthy in order for him to help the team, so watch to see if the Cards can find a way to keep him on the field.
Bourjos isn't an expensive player like most of the players on this list. However, his injury history and inability to hit away from Angel Stadium makes this an extremely risky acquisition by the Cardinals.