The Padres have added right hander James Bourque on a minor league deal, per his MLB.com transaction page.
Bourque, 26, hasn’t appeared in the majors since getting a handful of innings with the Nationals back in 2020. That year, he tossed just four innings of relief, giving up three earned runs and walking five batters. He also appeared in a single game in 2019, and all told has pitched 4 2/3 big league innings for a 13.50 ERA.
A 14th round pick by the Nats back in 2014, Bourque worked as a starter initially, but after struggling to a 5.03 ERA in A-ball in 2017 he was moved into a relief role. He immediately found success there, seeing his strikeout rate surge while working to a 1.70 ERA in 53 relief innings between Single and Double-A in 2018. A major league debut would come in 2019, but as touched on, he hasn’t found success at the highest level to date.
Injuries have limited Bourque to just 8 1/3 minor league innings since being released by the Nationals at the end of the 2020 season. Those innings came during a stint in the Cubs organization in last year, when Bourque struck out 16 batters in those 8 1/3 innings, but also walked nine. He’ll head west to join the Padres and hope to find a way back onto a big league roster.
We are the Bourque, resistance is futile.
Nah, he’s a Muppet.
“4 2/3 big league innings for a 13.50 ERA”
The sky’s the limit for this guy.
He had pretty good stuff as a Nats farmhand. Fun fact: His full name is James Buchanan Bourque. Of all the presidents to name your kid after … why not 16 instead of 15?
They were going to but they lived right next Dooor to a family name Boothe.
Not sure how well he’ll pitch, but he was a hell of a left wing for the Devils a few years back!
I thought he was a defenceman for the Bruins forever, nice to see he can wing a fastball too!
Good to see him get a chance. Was beginning to think he had gotten Bourqued out of an opportunity
Unless he recieves the same ball and strike zone as opponents do it won’t help the Padres.
The Padres recieve one of the worst strike zones in MLB.
In addition, the Padres opponents, in timely fashion, recieve a goldilocks type ball that flies farther.
Don’t believe it?
Look at the facts.
The Padres have an All-Star line up among the league leaders in ground outs.
The Padres, with this star studded line up, have the lowest batting average in baseball.
The Padres with Tatis, Machado, Bogaerts, Soto, Cruz, Carpenter and Cronenworth have one of the lowest home run totals in baseball.
Gambling is legal in baseball.
Again with the whaaaaambulance, big tow?
That’s it? Haha
Nothing like a nice fresh conspiracy theory to start your day. Do you serve them with a side of bacon?
Like Tim Donaghy? Yeah that was a conspiracy right? No way he threw games. That was just a figment of our imagination. It never happened. Come on man?! Betting is legal.
Okay, then I’ll take sausage.
Live in your delusion that it’s all fair play.
All I’ve got to say is the menu in this place stinks. Do you have toast, at least?
That whaaaaambulance has been summoned.
Follow the nice men in white
jeez what a bunch of somber sombreros
Is there betting in sports?
Hired Gun 23
It’s true. The Padres never ever get that, “Back and to the left” call…ever!
Not since Kennedy was catching bullets… Terry Kennedy from Goose, that is.
Old timer 78
Don’t Dought the Friars Scouting Dept. They find Hidden Gems.
To CF or C
Can this guy hit? Might as well give him chance. Can’t be any worse than what the Padres put out nightly
Go deep Bourque…