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.