June 23, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Junior James Bourque (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) of the University of Michigan baseball team has signed a contract to play professionally with the Washington Nationals organization. Bourque will forego his final year of eligibility with the Wolverines.
Bourque, who was picked in the 14th round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Nationals, made 25 appearances and a start in his junior season with the Maize and Blue. He went 2-2 with a 4.24 earned-run average and a save and had 33 strikeouts in 40.1 innings pitched. He earned a win against Central Michigan (April 2), striking out five while allowing just one hit in four innings of relief. He also won the Big Ten Tournament game against Minnesota (May 21), going three innings and allowing just two hits with no run while striking out three Gophers. In his three-year career, the 2014 Academic All-Big Ten selection has nine wins and four saves to go along with 111 strikeouts in 63 appearances.
Bourque will report to the Nationals' Gulf Coast League team in Viera, Fla. He also joins junior Trent Szkutnik (Temperance, Mich./Bedford) as Wolverines that turned pro after the draft.
Contact: Kent Reichert