James Bourque

Position: RHRP
Level: Instructs
Affiliate: Nationals Instructs
League: Instructional League
Born: 07/09/1993 (Age: 25)
Height: 6'4''
Weight: 190
B/T: Right / Right
Acquired: 14th Rd., 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft (WSH)

Prospect Spotlight


  • Tall, lanky frame with sloped shoulders. Built like Tyler Clippard. 
  • Upbeat semi-windup; funky moving parts, hops at the hitter with closed front side. H3/4 slot. Deceptive relief-only delivery.
  • FB 92-96 (94); Above-avg velo, consistent mid-90s; 4sm grip with late ride up in the zone; control over command type.
  • CH 86-88; Firm split-like changeup, throws at armspeed and gets late dive despite limited velocity separation. 
  • SL 80-83; Playable/fringy pitch, consistent short shape. Shows more to RHH. 
  • FB/CH two primary pitches, can stay around zone with both. Aggressive competitor, intense mound presence, battles.

SUMMARY: Moved to bullpen and became a prospect, breakout name in Nationals system coming off a big 2018. Profiles as middle reliever, the type that provides depth by being optioned up/down. Close to ML ready.