Bourgeois receives 'Heart and Hustle' award

Bourgeois receives 'Heart and Hustle' award

HOUSTON -- Astros center fielder Jason Bourgeois was honored Monday as the team's recipient of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association's "Heart and Hustle" award.

The award "honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit, and tradition of the game," according to the MLBPAA.

Bourgeois is active in the community and has always prided himself on playing the game hard.

"It's an awesome deal," Bourgeois said. "I saw [Michael Bourn] had it last year, and for me to get the award, it's an honor. There's been a lot of players here. I know Bourn and Hunter [Pence] have set the example of hustling and have given their heart out there, and I'm just glad to be able to take it."

Bourgeois has been thrust into the starting center field role since last month's trade of Bourn, a two-time Gold Glove winner.

Bourgeois, a Houston native, entered Monday hitting .312 with 22 stolen bases in just 64 games.

"He's an outstanding guy and he's an unbelievable teammate," Astros manager Brad Mills said. "He definitely puts his heart into it, just watching him play and the way he hustles and steals bases and chases fly balls and so forth. They picked a pretty good guy for that."

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.