Monday, June 6, 2011

Player Profile: Brennan Boesch

By Matt Harding
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Brennan Boesch has played for the Detroit Tigers since April 23, 2010. Fittingly, Boesch made that debut against the team that the Tigers are playing tonight, the Texas Rangers. In his debut, Boesch had two hits in four at-bats. Since then, Boesch has a .258 batting average accompanied with 19 home runs and 94 RBI.

The stats aren't stellar, but still, they're impressionable and Boesch has become a fan favorite in Detroit. As a matter of fact, in tonight's game, Brennan dressed to impress, going 5 for 6 with two home runs, five RBI, and three runs scored. Boesch's five hits is a career high. His home runs were both to right field and were both hit on 1-0 counts.

Of course, as I mentioned earlier, he's only been in the Motor City for a year now. So, where did Brennan Philip Boesch come from exactly?

Boesch's smooth swing
Photo by Matt Harding / In Play! Magazine

Brennan Boesch was born in Santa Monica, California. He went to Harvard-Westlake High School in Los Angeles where he graduated in 2003, later (2009) being inducted into their Hall of Fame.

From there, the Tigers outfielder went to the University of California, Berkeley to play for the Bears. His bio at U-Cal calls him "a talented left-hander who can hit for both power and average...has developed into a solid outfielder as well."

Boesch was selected by the Tigers in the 3rd round of the 2006 Amateur Draft. He spent 2007 with the Single-A West Michigan White Caps and 2008 with the Lakeland Flying Tigers, another Detroit affiliate. In '09, he played for the Erie SeaWolves (AA) where he led the Eastern League in home runs.

Alex Avila congratulates Boesch after #26 crosses the plate
Photo by Matt Harding / In Play! Magazine

Finally, in 2010, after a starting the season in Toledo with the Mud Hens (Triple-A), Brennan Boesch became a Detroit Tiger. So, tonight, against the same team he played in his debut, Boesch was destined to have a stellar game. And, ironically, after all of tonight's hits to right field, it would only be fitting that his first hit was a double to left field on the very first pitch he ever saw in the big leauges.

Brennan signs autographs for Detroit fans
Photo by Matt Harding / In Play! Magazine

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