Players who you forgot were Arizona Diamondbacks

These are players you may have forgotten about in the Arizona Diamondbacks' history.
October 3, 2010; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Mike Hampton pitches against the
October 3, 2010; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Mike Hampton pitches against the / Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
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Jun 29, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Michael Bourn against the
Jun 29, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Michael Bourn against the / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Bourn

Michael Bourn was an extremely fast defensive first outfielder who made two all-star games in the early 2010s. From 2009 through 2013, Bourn batted .277/.342/.375 with a wRC+ of just 97. Overall, this was slightly below league-average production. But his decent OBP helped him get on base enough to make his speed extremely valuable. He averaged 48 stolen bases a season through these five years. He was also an astounding defensive CF with +64 defensive runs saved and two Gold Gloves.

Bourn wasn’t really known for just one team. He was an All-Star for both the Houston Astros (2010) and Atlanta Braves (2012). He also appeared in parts of three seasons with Cleveland. However, the last team you probably think of when you see him is the Arizona Diamondbacks, the second to last team he would play for in the Majors.

Bourn had come off what was easily the worst year of his career in 2015. The speedy outfielder had to settle for a minor league contract with Arizona, and he mostly served as the team’s center fielder. Bourn appeared in 89 games with the D-Backs, batting .261/.307/.362. He did swipe 13 bags in 18 attempts, and his defense up the middle was still decent. He had +2 DRS in just 604.2 innings.

But with the Diamondbacks 20 games under .500 at the August deadline, they shipped him to the Baltimore Orioles for minor league outfielder Jason Heinrich. Although Bourn would have a quality month of September, this would be his final appearance in the Show. He signed another contract with the O’s in April of 2017 but was released by the end of May. Bourn was then signed by the LA Angels at the start of June but was released a month later.