by Larry Carmichael
After Reds Manager Brian Price told reporters that Brennan Boesch was a “terrific player” who would be seeing time at first base as well as in all three outfield positions, some pointed out that Brennan’s major league career to date had him mostly manning a corner outfield spot. With a strong arm and a power bat, Brennan started in right field for most of his first three big league seasons.
It’s been known by scouts that Brennan is no stranger to centerfield. While winning the PCL batting title last year, Brennan saw time in center, the position he patrolled at Cal Berkeley, as an All-Pac-10, All-American and finalist for the Dick Howser Trophy as College Player of the Year. But many scouts know that Brennan is no stranger to first base either. Before an injury cut short his time with the Yankees, Boesch worked out at first with Gold Glover Mark Texiera, and actually it was at first base where Boesch first attracted the attention of professional scouts, who anointed him Best First Baseman and Best Hitter at the prestigious Area Code Games showcase.
Brennan’s athleticism has served him well, flashing all five tools during his career, stealing bases, hitting for power (25 homers last year and leading AAA in slugging percentage), batting for average (winning the PCL batting title last year), and showing off the strong and accurate arm of a Gold Glove winner in the minors, where he led the AA Eastern League in outfield assists.
Brennan’s fans are excited to see him in a Reds uniform this year – wherever his talents take him.