Monthly Archives: June 2014

Brennan Boesch earns Pacific Coast Player of the Week designation

Jun 23 2014
By: Tierra Smith
The Salt Lake Tribune
Brennan Boesch and his bat are the perfect duo.
Boesch was named the Pacific Coast League Player of the Week for the week of June 16-22. The announcement was madeThursday afternoon, with the Bees in the midst of an eight-game homestand.

The right fielder’s performance has been stellar. He led the division with six home runs and a league-best 1.214 slugging percentage. In addition, he led the Bees with 10 runs and 10 RBIs.

In Monday night’s game, Boesch and his partner in crime went up against the Nashville Sounds.

He doubled to left field in the second and scored off a wild pass for the Bees’ first run.

On a night where he went 2 for 4 with no homers, Boesch said the goal is more about a good hitting position than striking homers.

Try not to force it,” he said. “Think backward, less is more.

The Bees were unable to recover from the early start from the Sounds and plummeted, 8-6.

Apart from a losing season, the most important aspect for most minor leagues is personal improvement. Boesch said he is working on being more consistent and making in-game adjustments.

It’s always nice to get results from the things you have been working on,” said Boesch. “At this point, I know my swing pretty well, so it’s fine-tuning it.

The 29-year-old’s most impressive performance was in a doubleheader against the Memphis Redbirds on June 18. He slammed three over the fence, one in the first game followed by two in the second.

Last week was part of a superior month. Since coming off injury on June 1, Boesch leads the team with a .351 batting average, 24 RBIs and seven home runs.

This is Boesch’s first season with the Angels organization. The Detroit Tigers drafted him in 2006 in the third round from the University of California. The Los Angeles native has played in seven major league games with the parent team this season; in the call-up, he collected three hits including one double.
I just take care of what I can control,” said Boesch, and “when the opportunity comes, seize it.

The PCL Player of the Week honor is Boesch’s second of his career; the first time was with the Erie SeaWolves in 2009. He is also the first Bee to win since when Andrew Romine the week of August 5-11, 2013.

bBrennan Boesch earns Pacific Coast Player of the Week designation

Boesch Earns Offensive Player of the Week Honors

By: John Parker
06/23/2014 4:50 PM ET
Pacific Coast League: Brennan Boesch, Salt Lake

While playing in places like Colorado Springs, Albuquerque or Salt Lake City certainly benefits sluggers, not too many of them have hit six homers in seven games, as Boesch did last week. Wednesday saw the veteran outfielder club three long balls in the Bees’ doubleheader split with Memphis. He has hits in 11 straight games (22 of them in total) and has driven in at least one run in each of his last 10. Impressive stuff at any level — or elevation.

(.464/.483/1.214, 7 G, 13-for-28, 3 2B, 6 HR, 10 RBI, 10 R, 1 BB, 4 K)

Boesch Earns Offensive Player of the Week Honors

Boesch Hits his Fifth Homer of the Homestand in Bees Loss

06/22/2014 12:13 AM ET
Salt Lake Bees

Brennan Boesch hit his sixth home run in his last six games as the Bees fell to the Nashville Sounds 7-4 in the opening game of the series Friday night at Smith’s Ballpark. Boesch hit his 12th home run of the season, a solo shot in the bottom of the fourth to close Nashville’s lead to 3-1. The Sounds were able to extend the lead to 7-1 with four combined runs being scored in the fifth and sixth inning. Luis Jimenez hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth picking up his 11th home run of the season. Boesch finished the night 3-for-4 crossing the plate twice and knocking in one.

“(Boesch) put some really good at-bats together tonight,” said Manager Keith Johnson. “With the trade deadline coming up, its a great opportunity for him to move up.”

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

Boesch Hits his Fifth Homer of the Homestand in Bees Loss

Boesch Bombs Memphis, Tops Pacific Coast League!

By Larry Carmichael

June 19, 2014, Salt Lake City.

With four home runs in two days, Brennan Boesch now tops the Pacific Coast League in key offensive categories.

Batting Average .343 1st *
Slugging Percentage .639 1st
OPS .034 1st
On Base Percentage .395 8th

At the end of May, the Salt Lake Bees were deep in the basement, with by far the worst record in the PCL and an 11-game losing streak on its resume. But then June happened. Brennan would be the first to point to the contributions of teammates and pitchers to the Bees’ turnaround – but everyone else has to notice that the resurgence of the Salt Lake Bees, with 10 wins out of its last 17, and a handful of very close losses, coincides with the return of Brennan Boesch from a brief stint on the DL.

Throughout June, Boesch has crushed everything in sight. In his last 10 games, he is batting .474, with 5 homers, 10 extra-base hits and 13 RBI’s, and off-the-charts slugging percentage (1.026) and OPS (1.550). Now the Bees are looking up, four games out of second place in the Pacific Division and rising. And after Boesch hit 2 homeruns and threw out a runner at second base in a tight 9-8 win over Memphis, it seems like Cinderella is coming to the dance after all, on the arm of Brennan Boesch.

*(Having missed some AAA games during his time on the DL and during Major League call up by the California Angels, Boesch is a few plate appearances short of qualifying for the batting title)

Boesch hits three homers in Bees’ twinbill

By Josh Jackson /

June 18, 2014.

Brennan Boesch hit three home runs on Wednesday, giving him four in his last three Pacific Coast League games.

His secret? Don’t try.

“As somebody who can hit the ball out of the park, you’ve got to not try to do it,” he said.

“It’s the opposite of what you’d think, but it’s a funny game. As far as home runs go, the less you try, the [better] results you’re going to get. That’s my typical approach.”

Boesch took 16th-ranked Cardinals prospect Zach Petrick deep in Salt Lake’s 3-2 loss to Memphis in Game 1, then went yard twice with three RBIs and three runs scored as the Bees salvaged a split with a 9-8 win.

“I’m not missing pitches and I’m seeing good pitches to hit,” Boesch said. “I’m getting the ball in the air and feeling good.”

The 29-year-old outfielder, who’s played in the Majors with the Tigers and Yankees, signed a Minor League contract with the Angels in January and hit .231 during a seven-game stint with the big club. He has 45 homers in 410 Major League games and 10 in 43 PCL contests this year.

In the second game, he connected against Redbirds starter Jose Almarante with two outs and a runner on second in the bottom of the second. He fell behind, 1-2, worked the count full, but did not have another homer on his mind.

“I try not to ever, but in that situation, definitely not,” Boesch said. “With the full count, I’m just trying to get ready on time and see the ball to hand. I got a good pitch to drive.”

The left-handed hitter knocked it over the fence in right field and knew right away that he had his third dinger in as many games.

“Usually to the pull side, you can tell,” he said. “On that one, I definitely knew…”

Boesch also recorded an outfield assist in the fourth, throwing out Oscar Taveras —’s No. 2 overall prospect — trying to stretch a two-run hit into a double.


Boesch Continues Hot Streak Into June

Salt Lake City,

June 10, 2014

In his last 10 games, Brennan has stayed hot, posting a line of .382/BA .462/OBP .618/SLG 1.079/ OPS, with 8 extra-base hits and 14 RBIs, including Sunday’s clutch walk-off game-winning hit in the 9th inning against Sacramento. He’s started the month of June, even hotter, hitting .370

Boesch’s Walk-off Carries the Bees to Victory

Salt Lake City,

June 8, 2014:

By Ryan Miller,

For the Deseret News,

Published: Sunday, June 8 2014 6:30 p.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — In the fifth inning Sunday, Salt Lake Bees manager Keith Johnson was roaming the third-base line when a batter drilled a line drive straight into his left thigh. Johnson fell down, but popped right back up.

His team followed suit.

Brennan Boesch hit a line-drive single to right field in the ninth to score Vance Albitz as the Bees walked off with a 7-6 victory over Sacramento.

“It was a good team win,” Johnson said. “We had some really good at-bats that last inning and we were able to push one across with Boesch’s big hit.”

“(River Cat pitcher Jeremy McBryde) was staying away, trying to get me to chase, which is pretty much what every pitcher does in this league to me,” Boesch said.

Boesch stayed disciplined, however, and when he got a hittable slider he sent it to right field and Albitz was able to slide safely at home to give the Bees the victory.

Salt Lake has now won two of its last three series, after winning just one in the first seven weeks of the season.

“I’m hoping (it’s the start of a turnaround)” Boesch said, dripping from a celebratory ice shower bestowed upon him by teammate Luis Jimenez. “We’ve had a lot of turnover in the pitching staff and a lot of runs were scored against us. It’s tough to play like that. To be honest the beginning of the season was pretty brutal for everyone. I think we have some different guys in place now that will give us a better chance to win. We certainly have offensive capabilities to put up a lot of runs.”

Sometimes winning serves as a cure-all. Brennan Boesch hit a single to right to score Vance Albitz and give the Bees a 7-6 win in walk-off fashion.

“To be honest the beginning of the season was pretty brutal for everyone. I think we have some different guys in place now that will give us a better chance to win. We certainly have offensive capabilities to put up a lot of runs,” said Brennan Boesch.

Bees 7, Sacramento 6
In short: Brennan Boesch hit a single to right to score Vance Albitz and give the Bees a 7-6 victory in walk-off fashion.

Boesch Flashing Some Speed and Leather

Salt Lake City,

June 7, 2014

Helping the Bees take its home series against Sacramento, Brennan Boesch made two great catches in the same inning Thursday, and then crushed a 440 foot home run and a double off the wall Friday, June 6, in a losing effort. His speed in center field was reminiscent of the Gold Glove Boesch won at the AA level, along with the AA record for outfield assists.