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James Bourque

James Bourque

P | B/T: R/R | 6' 4" 215 | Age: 26
Draft: 2014 (Rd: 14, #424, Washington Nationals) - Huron
Ann Arbor, MI USA
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Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2019 0 0 54.00 1 0 0 0.2 0 7.50
1 Season 0 0 54.00 1 0 0 0.2 0 7.50
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2019 1 0-0 54.00 0.2 0 7.50
1 Season 1 0-0 54.00 0.2 0 7.50

Standard MLB Pitching Statistics

SeasonTmLGBFWLERAGGSSVIPHRERHRBBSOWHIP
2019 WSH NL 6 0 0 54.00 1 0 0 0.2 3 4 4 0 2 0 7.50
*: All Star Season, Rankings AL/NL: Top 5 10 15 20      Click for Chart.

Scouting Report

Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 60 | Control: 45 | Overall: 40

Bourque pitched to mixed results as a swingman during his first two seasons at Michigan and didn't fare much better as a junior in 2014 after a move to the bullpen. His raw stuff continued to improve throughout his college career, though, and the Nationals took notice, eventually selecting Bourque in the 14th round that June. He struggled as a starter early in his pro career surrounding Tommy John surgery in 2015, but moved to the bullpen in 2018 and promptly took off in the new role, turning in a strong first half with Class A Advanced Potomac, then posting a 0.92 ERA over 15 appearances after a July promotion to Double-A. After the season, the Nationals added Bourque to their 40-man roster.

A big and physical right-hander, Bourque will show two plus pitches in any given outing. He reaches 97-98 mph with his heater and throws it with late life that makes it difficult to lift for hitters on both sides of the plate. His breaking ball is equally dynamic, thrown in the upper 80s with sharp, downer action that helps him miss bats with ease. Pitching at two levels in 2018, Bourque averaged 12.9 strikeouts-per-nine, with a 16 percent swinging strike rate.

Bourque's ability to induce whiffs with both pitches makes his below-average control (4.4 walks-per-nine in '18) a lesser issue, though there is some concern over whether hitters will continue to chase his stuff outside of the zone at higher levels. Given the Nationals' history of aggressively pushing their best relief prospects, Bourque could soon find himself in the Major Leagues.


Statcast - Pitching

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB %
2019 29 4 1 25.0 102.1 -3.6 .412 .799 .781 .567 .505 100.0 0.0 33.3
ALL 29 4 1 25.0 102.1 -3.6 .412 .799 .781 .567 .505 100.0 0.0 33.3
MLB 40553 6.3 87.5 11.2 .251 .412 .317 .318 .371 34.5 21.7 8.3

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
10/31/2019 Washington Nationals activated RHP James Bourque.
10/01/2019 Washington Nationals reassigned RHP James Bourque to the minor leagues.
09/30/2019 Washington Nationals recalled RHP James Bourque from Fresno Grizzlies.
05/29/2019 Washington Nationals optioned RHP James Bourque to Fresno Grizzlies.
05/25/2019 Washington Nationals recalled James Bourque from Harrisburg Senators.
04/02/2019 RHP James Bourque assigned to Harrisburg Senators from Fresno Grizzlies.
03/08/2019 Washington Nationals optioned RHP James Bourque to Fresno Grizzlies.
11/19/2018 Washington Nationals selected the contract of James Bourque from Harrisburg Senators.
07/13/2018 RHP James Bourque assigned to Harrisburg Senators from Potomac Nationals.
04/04/2018 RHP James Bourque assigned to Potomac Nationals from Hagerstown Suns.
09/27/2017 Hagerstown Suns activated RHP James Bourque from the 7-day disabled list.
08/24/2017 Hagerstown Suns placed RHP James Bourque on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to August 22, 2017.
06/07/2016 RHP James Bourque assigned to Hagerstown Suns from Auburn Doubledays.
09/11/2015 Auburn Doubledays activated RHP James Bourque from the 7-day disabled list.
06/19/2015 Auburn Doubledays placed RHP James Bourque on the 7-day disabled list.
06/26/2014 RHP James Bourque assigned to Auburn Doubledays from GCL Nationals.
06/19/2014 RHP James Bourque assigned to GCL Nationals.
06/18/2014 Washington Nationals signed RHP James Bourque.