Former Knights on the Move…

Knight Moves
Former Knights Go From Astros to Royals

Jason Bourgeois, who spent the 2007 and 2008 seasons as a member of the Charlotte Knights, was traded along with catcher Humberto Quintero (2002 Knights) to the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday for LHP Kevin Chapman and a player to be named later.

Bourgeois, 30, had a breakout season in 2011 for the Houston Astros. The Houston native hit .294 with 31 stolen bases over 93 games.

One thing that Bourgeois brings to his new club is versatility. Last season he played all three outfield positions, as well as second base. He has also been known to play third base over his career.

“Jason and Humberto were a big part of this team last year and both will be missed,” new Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow said. “They are quality players and well-liked in Houston. This deal gives us an opportunity to add prospect depth and we are excited about both players coming our way.”

Originally drafted by the Texas Rangers, Bourgeois signed a contract with the White Sox in 2007, and made his Charlotte debut that season. In 84 games that year for the Knights, he hit .311 with seven home runs, 34 RBIs, and 23 stolen bases.

A year later, Bourgeois was back with the Knights and hit .286 with nine home runs and 48 RBIs. The speedy outfielder/infielder also tied Jerry Owens with a team-high 30 stolen bases. In all, he had 53 stolen bases over two seasons at Knights Stadium — not too shabby!

Quintero appeared in just 15 games with the Knights in 2002. The 32-year-old backstop hit .220 in 45 at-bats that season. He was originally signed by the Sox in 1997.

The Knights wish Jason and Humberto lots of luck in their new organization.

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