Every year since high school, Brennan’s off-season training was intense and legendary, spring training 2017 was no exception. He came into Spring Training with the Boston Red Sox as a free agent looking to take on a starting outfield role. It happened three-quarters of the way through. Spring training, with Brennan leading the Red Sox in at-bats, showing what he could do with regular playing time, hitting .303 with five doubles, a home run, slugging .545, OPS .840.
On a dive to make a shoestring catch, Brennan’s glove caught in the turf, severely fracturing his wrist, cutting short an outstanding spring training. “It was a freak thing that can happen when you lay out for a ball,” Boesch said, “but my pitchers and teammates have to know I’m going to go all out to back them up, 110% all the time.” The pain did not go away after wrist surgery – and a career cut short was the result.
On Friday, the Boston Red Sox were defeated by the New York Yankees by a final score of 6-4 in their first Spring Training meeting of 2016. Despite the loss, there are still some positives to take out of the game, and one of those positives is the play of Brennan Boesch.
Yes, it’s still extremely early in Spring Training, two things that should make anyone weary about looking into stats, but it’s impossible to deny Boesch has been swinging the bat well…
Mookie Betts led the game off with a triple and was immediately brought home by a Brock Holt single. That was all the scoring the Red Sox got until the eighth inning, when Boesch hit a one out solo home run and Ryan LaMarre hit a two-run home run with two outs.
Boesch is now hitting .364 (4-11) with two doubles, one home run, two runs batted in, and four runs scored. It’s an extremely small sample size, but the Red Sox have to be excited about the depth Boesch could provide if he continues to play well. The 30-year old left-handed hitter had some big seasons in the Majors a few years ago, and if he can remind the Red Sox of that potential, he may become a very valuable asset…
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