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Boesch on a Torrid Pace with Regular At-Bats

By Larry Carmichael

May 11, 2014

Salt Lake City – Coming off a shoulder injury that limited his 2013 season to 23 games with the New York Yankees, it has been awhile since Brennan Boesch has been able to settle in with regular at-bats. Though his line with the Yankees, even while injured, was an impressive .275/.529/.831, including two clutch ninth inning game-winning hits, Brennan’s agent, CAA’s Brodie Van Wagenen, believes the stats would have been even better had Brennan been healthy.

Now strong and healthy, there is no substitute for regular at-bats. Brennan’s at-bats were sporadic this year through spring training alongside the many other outfielders on the Angels roster, and during an early call-up. Still, he impressed Angels’ management during the spring, and now is showing what he can do as a regular in the lineup. Since reporting to the AAA Salt Lake Bees on April 29th, even while the Bees have been struggling and losing games, Boesch has made the most of the opportunity. He’s working on a 10-game hitting streak, and batting .421 over the stretch, with 16 hits in 38 trips to the plate, including three doubles and two home runs.

Boesch has been showing off a bit of versatility too. As a pro, he was groomed in the minors and then started three years in right field for the Tigers, where he became known mostly as a power-hitting corner outfielder. After working out last year with the Yankees at first base, with the Bees this year, Brennan has enjoyed some time in center field too – he last played center field regularly as an All-Pac 10 center fielder for the University of California Cal Bears. And he’s been flashing his speed too, sprinting from first to home on a base hit, to score the winning run in one of the Bees’ few recent wins.

So when Boesch tells the Deseret News how much he’s enjoying playing baseball again, every day and healthy, getting into a groove with regular at-bats, believe it. “I couldn’t ask for a better place,” he says. “I’m just getting better and trying to help this team.”

Outfielder Brennan Boesch practicing patience with the Salt Lake Bees

By Ryan Miller

For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, May 6 2014 11:55 p.m. MDT

Updated: Wednesday, May 7 2014 9:06 a.m. MD

SALT LAKE CITY – Salt Lake Bees outfielder Brennan Boesch willingly admits he is not a patient person.

Over the last few seasons, however, he has been forced to become one.

Boesch thought he had left the minor leagues behind when he first got called up in 2010, but after consecutive injury-filled seasons he’s had to replay the process.

Originally, the outfielder went on a three-year tear through the lower leagues after being selected by the Detroit Tigers in 2006. He led Single-A in RBIs, Double-A in home runs, and in his first month in Triple-A he was named the Tigers’ minor league player of the month and was quickly promoted to the big leagues.

Boesch’s torrid pace didn’t slow when he got to Detroit. He was named AL Rookie of the Month in both May and June and finished the 2010 campaign with 14 home runs and 67 RBIs. He looked to have found a permanent home in the show.

His career then hit a roadblock.

Boesch tore a ligament in his right thumb in August 2011. While he first attempted to play through it, it soon caused him to miss the remainder of the 2011 season.

“It was a long process and took a lot of patience and I’m not a patient person,” Boesch said.

The injury rehabilitation served as a learning process for the slugger.

“I wouldn’t wish that (thumb) injury upon anybody – especially a hitter,” He said. “It took awhile to get the strength back in my bottom hand. It was just a long process.”

In March 2013, the Tigers signed outfielder Tori Hunter and released Boesch. A short stint with the New York Yankees followed, but he was again released after suffering a muscle tear.

Having spent time on the sidelines, Boesch is just happy to be given a chance to play again.

“I couldn’t ask for a better place to try and get back,” Boesch said of playing in Salt Lake. “I’m just glad the Angels are giving me an opportunity.”

The lessons he has learned are evident in his thoughts and his demeanor.

Before Wednesday’s game – a contest that ended after the Deseret News’ The print deadline – Boesch was the last Bee to leave batting practice. He and batting coach Francisco Matos stood outside the batting cage discussing his swing. Boesch is trying to take advantage of the time he has in Salt Lake, looking to get better.

Boesch has already had a short stint with the Angles this season, but he didn’t stick. He believes he has the talent to get back there full time, however.

“There’s not a lot of people in the world that can hit that far,” Boesch said. “There’s always a place for someone like that. I just have to be patient. Right now I am just focused on being here, getting better and helping this team.”

It seems Boesch has learned patience – even if he didn’t want to.