- Alumni Notes
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Former Notre Dame Prep baseball player Peter Bourjos ’05 will be inducted into the school’s Forever Saints Alumni Hall of Fame on Friday as part of the weekend Homecoming festivities. Bourjos joins a distinguished group of former students and faculty selected for the inaugural Hall of Fame class that was originally selected in 2020.
“It is awesome,” said Bourjos. “I am really excited, and my family is excited. When you look back, some of the best memories I have were in high school. It propelled me into professional baseball. I felt like Notre Dame Prep really prepared me for the next step and I was able to achieve a lot of different things because of the education there.”
He will be part of a 2020 Hall of Fame class that includes Fr. Phil Evanstock, C.S.Sp., Erika Frantzve ’07, former principal David Gonsalves and the 2004 State Champion Boys Golf team coached by Preston Colao.
Bourjos transferred into NDP from Desert Mountain in the first class as a sophomore, becoming part of the first teams to represent the school and wear the purple and gold.
“We had a decent group of freshmen transfer from Desert Mountain as sophomores,” recalled Bourjos. “We were the oldest kids on campus, so it was exciting. Once we settled in, we could not have asked for a better campus or group of teachers. The support was unbelievable. And to be part of the first football (he played wide receiver and kick returner), and baseball teams, a lot of guys took pride in that.”
Playing in the first baseball game for the school ranks among his top memories from his three years on the NDP campus.
“My favorite baseball memory was the first game as sophomores,” said Bourjos. “We played a JV schedule but there was a lot of excitement and build up to it. We all played together growing up and being a part of the first team to play on the field was really exciting.”
Upon graduation, Bourjos was selected in the 10th Round od the 2005 Major League Baseball Amatuer Draft by the Los Angeles Angels.
“It was something I always wanted to do,” said Bourjos about playing professionally. “I grew up in a baseball family. My Dad played in the Big Leagues with the Giants and stayed in the game as a scout. It was a dream of mine to play professionally. Not that I didn’t want to go to college, baseball was something I wanted to pursue. When I put myself in that position, we were thrilled and jumped at the opportunity.”
He made his debut on August 3, 2020, against the Toronto Blue Jays and immediately made an impact. Accounts of the game credit Bourjos with several key defensive plays. It was a trend throughout his career as he gained a reputation for his defensive skills, including his range, speed and ability to make difficult catches.
“You never forget your debut,” said Bourjos. “You spend a lot of time working towards that and sharing the moment with your family was special.”
Bourjos played parts of 10 seasons in the Major Leagues with Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim/Los Angeles Angels, St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies, Tampa Bay Rays and Atlanta Braves. The two years with the Cardinals in 2014 and 2015 produced back-to-back playoff appearances with the Cardinals that remain highlights for Bourjos.
“Going to the playoffs in St. Louis (was special),” said Bourjos. “We went back-to-back years. We did not get to the World Series but we had two really good teams. Those two years were probably the most fun years because we were winning.”
Bourjos, who is now a scout with the Colorado Rockies, will celebrate his induction on Friday with his parents and wife, who was his high school sweetheart, Ashley. They have four children Max (6), Charley (5), Addison (2) and Cal (6 months). Former NDP Coach Guy Gianni will also be at the event.
“Being able to come back there and celebrate this honor, I am really excited,” said Bourjos.
Bourjos works closely with the Arizona based non-profit, The Singletons, which support single parent families affected by cancer