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.”