When the Cubs drafted him as a first baseman in the 2009 draft out of GMU, Justin Bour (Centreville/GMU) appeared to be headed for a solid career impressing the Wrigley faithful, a piece of the puzzle that could help the Cubs be a serious championship threat. When another young first-sacker, Anthony Rizzo, emerged after a trade from Boston, Bour was left unprotected in the 2013 Rule 5 draft, and was quickly swiped up by the Marlins.
Bour appears to have found a home in South Beach, as a key bench player for the Marlins.
On September 28, 2014, in the Marlins’ season finale against the Nationals in DC, it was Bour who drew a 5th inning walk against Washington RH Jordan Zimmermann to keep the Marlins from being the victim of the 24th perfect game in baseball history. The Marlins were still no-hit, 1-0 final.
He has done it again.
Today, in an afternoon home game against the Braves, Bour came off the bench to replace Michael Morse at first, and in the ninth inning, his second at-bat of the game, Bour delivered a hard grounder to right-center field to break up a no-hit bid by Braves P Shelby Miller.
Bour is batting .440 as a bench player for the Marlins in 2015.