Justin Bour
Justin Bour
32-Year-Old First Baseman1B
 Free Agent  Foreign
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2020 Fantasy Outlook
Bour played regularly for the Angels early on while Shohei Ohtani was still sidelined, but he hit just .163/.268/.316 over the first month and a half of 2019 and was ultimately banished to the minor leagues. He returned in June but was demoted again shortly after the All-Star break, and Bour went on to log a mere nine at-bats in September before being outrighted off the 40-man roster. Bour's strikeout rate has gradually increased from 17.4% all the way to 30.6% over the last three seasons, and his line-drive rate sank to just 14% last year. He can take a walk (career 11.2%) and there's usually a longer shelf life for lefty sluggers -- even ones with limited defensive value -- but chances are Bour will have to settle for a minor-league contract in free agency and there's no guarantee he'll be on a major-league roster on Opening Day. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Angels in December of 2018.
Heading to Japan
1BFree Agent  F
November 28, 2019
Bour signed a contract to play for the Hanshin Tigers in Japan on Thursday, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
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Bour struggled at the plate last season with just a .172/.259/.364 slash line, so it was unlikely that he would gain a spot on a major-league roster in 2020. The 31-year-old will get a chance to work in Japan, though it wouldn't be out of the question to see him return to the United States at some point if he can rediscover his potential.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+37%
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+24%
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+44%
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .562 176 13 2 13 0 .188 .307 .255
Since 2018vs Right .768 495 54 26 72 2 .221 .325 .442
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Left .519 29 1 0 1 0 .167 .310 .208
2019vs Right .642 141 17 8 25 0 .173 .248 .394
2018vs Left .570 147 12 2 12 0 .192 .306 .264
2018vs Right .819 354 37 18 47 2 .242 .356 .463
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+7%
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+47%
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+3%
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .738 329 34 16 47 1 .217 .328 .409
Since 2018Away .692 342 33 12 38 1 .208 .313 .379
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Home .748 83 12 5 17 0 .211 .325 .423
2019Away .508 87 6 3 9 0 .138 .195 .313
2018Home .734 246 22 11 30 1 .219 .329 .405
2018Away .757 255 27 9 29 1 .235 .353 .404
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July 2, 2019
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Bour's strong 2017 now looks like an aberration after his numbers fell across the board last season. His ISO fell 70 points to an unremarkable .177, while his slash line dropped from .289/.366/.536 to .227/.341/.404. He looks like nothing more than a platoon first baseman, with a solid 123 wRC+ against righties to go along with an ugly 68 mark against lefties, and the Marlins didn't hesitate to unload him at the trade deadline on a Phillies team looking for some extra power off its bench. Bour landed in what looks like a favorable playing-time situation with the Angels and is just good enough to be a fine budget bat for fantasy rosters.
Marlins Park is a pitcher's park, right? Someone should tell Bour this because it seems he does not believe it to be so. He is just one of seven first baseman to have an ISO (slugging minus batting average) of at least .200 in each of the past three seasons, joining the likes of Joey Votto, Anthony Rizzo and Edwin Encarnacion to name a few. A look at his batted-ball profile shows a hitter who has increased his hard-hit rate three consecutive seasons (to 38.8 percent last year) and his 2017 power surge saw one of every four flyballs he hit leave the yard. Bour does most of his damage against righties, but has also been getting progressively better against lefties as his batting average against them has improved by 20 points in each of the past two seasons. The only issue with Bour is who is he going to drive in if Derek Jeter and company sell off the roster for yet another rebuild in Miami.
A preseason favorite of many to build on his breakout 2015 campaign, Bour was headed in that direction before an ankle injury forced him to the disabled list in early July. At the time, he had slugged 15 homers, pacing past the previous season's 23. Bour was activated in early September, appearing in 22 more contests but failed to add onto his homer total. In fact, he swatted only three extra-base hits in the last month. The lefty has slugged all 38 of his home runs off righty throwers the last two seasons, which largely explains why he's strictly a platoon player. Keep in mind that the right field fences in Marlins Park were brought in and lowered prior to the 2016 season. The venue still depresses lefty power but not to the same extent as before. Bour should again be a target for those looking for cheap power at corner or utility without dampening batting average.
Finally given a chance at age 27, Bour gave the Marlins about 129 games of a league-average first base bat. He doesn't make much contact, and his eye is average at best, but Bour can put a charge in one as evidenced by his 23 home runs (10 at Marlins Park) — an impressive number, especially for a guy who was a 25th round pick in 2009. Bour showed similar power at every level of the minor leagues, and at 27, he should have a few years of peak power production left in him. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, because Bour plays in one of the worst possible parks for a power hitter, any significant growth to the power numbers seems unlikely. He should once again contribute middling production in batting average and below-average runs scored, but there is the potential for him to easily top the 73 RBI he posted last year if Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton can stay healthy in front of him in the lineup.
Despite his status as just a mid-level prospect in a healthy Miami farm system, Bour put his power on display at Triple-A New Orleans during his age-26 season, slashing .306/.372/.517 with 18 home runs, 27 doubles and 72 RBI in 103 games in the minors. The left-handed first baseman showed well during a brief stint with the big club down the stretch, batting .284 with a solid .361 OBP over 74 at-bats. Miami deployed a disappointing platoon of veterans at first base led by Garrett Jones and could benefit from an injection of youth at the position as they continue to hand over the keys to their success to a stable of up-and-coming talent. Bour possesses solid plate discipline, posting a 10.8% walk rate during his first exposure to major league pitching while striking out 22.9% of the time, and he showed more than enough to earn a long look in spring training. Matching the power numbers Bour posted in the hitter friendly PCL last season may be a stretch while making the move to spacious Marlins Park, but a solid batting eye and gap-to-gap power will keep him productive if given at-bats. He'll likely fill a reserve role for the Marlins following the addition of Mike Morse.
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Elects free agency
1BFree Agent  F
October 28, 2019
Bour elected free agency rather than accept an outright assignment to Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday.
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Called up from Triple-A
1BLos Angeles Angels  F
September 1, 2019
The Angels recalled Bour from Triple-A Salt Lake ahead of Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Red Sox. He struck out as a pinch hitter in his lone plate appearance.
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Sent to minors
1BLos Angeles Angels  F
July 17, 2019
Bour was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on Wednesday.
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Retreats to bench
1BLos Angeles Angels  F
July 7, 2019
Bour is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Astros, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
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Homers twice in win
1BLos Angeles Angels  F
June 26, 2019
Bour went 2-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI in a win over the Reds on Wednesday.
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