Consistency is the key for Boggs

Frisco centerfielder Brandon Boggs has quickly become one of the top position prospects in the Rangers organization with his outstanding play in 2007. Boggs, who is third in the Texas League in OPS, has combined for 16 home runs this season. Lone Star Dugout features the 24-year-old product of Georgia Tech.

Entering the 2007 campaign, outfielder Brandon Boggs had a minor league career marred with injuries and inconsistent play at the plate. Drafted in the 4th round of the 2004 MLB Draft, Boggs had never played in more than 85 games in a professional season.

As of July 12, the outfielder had already tied that career high with 85 games played. Not only is Boggs finally injury-free, but he has also been playing well. The Georgia Tech product has already set career highs in hits (80), doubles (23), home runs (16), runs batted in (56), and walks (55). He is also on pace to set a career mark for batting average, as he is currently hitting .275 between High-A Bakersfield and Double-A Frisco.

After hitting .250 in 26 games with Bakersfield, Boggs was promoted to Double-A Frisco, where he has begun to break out as a top prospect. The centerfielder has a .286 average with 12 home runs and 41 walks with the RoughRiders. He currently rates third in the Texas League with a .952 OPS.

Boggs credits his outstanding season to his development mentally, rather than physically.

"There is nothing really wrong with my swing," said Boggs when asked what led to his breakout season. "I think that I've just really learned the game. I'm picking up things before I get into the box now."

As Boggs begins to see Texas League pitchers multiple times, his developing knowledge of the game is put to work.

"I'm just learning the pitchers, knowing what their out pitch is, and knowing what they want to start me out with," he said. "If they want to get ahead with runners on base, they're usually going to go to the offspeed first. If there's nobody on base, they are going to throw a fastball to try and get ahead. That is the adjustment I've made. Just knowing what they're going to throw and trying to work your swing to make good contact."

While Boggs has drawn a high number of walks at each of his stops in the minor leagues, he came into the 2007 season with a .249 career batting average. Boggs believes his consistent hitting has been the most improved aspect of his game.

"My most improved aspect has basically been my average," said Boggs. "I'm just being a more consistent hitter."

A switch-hitter, Boggs has been hitting from both sides of the plate for the last 10 years. Though he has been at it for a long time, he still feels that he improves on his left side with each year.

"I definitely feel like I improve every year," he said. "I've still got some work to do, but it is going to come together."

Boggs is currently hitting just .259 from the left side of the plate, but he has hit five home runs while walking just as many times (29) as he has struck out. The outfielder combined to hit .240 against right-handed pitching in 2005 and 2006.

A natural righty, Boggs has feasted on left-handed pitching in particular this season. He is batting .350 with seven home runs in 60 at-bats against southpaws since joining Double-A Frisco.

Boggs says pitchers attack him differently depending on which side of the plate he's on.

"From the right side, lefties throw me a lot different," explained Boggs. "I've been seeing how they like to throw me since A-ball. They like to throw it in and try to keep me off the dish."

After the 2007 season is over, the Rangers will be forced to add Boggs to the 40-man roster if they wish to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft. With current centerfielder Kenny Lofton on the trade market, Boggs could possibly see some time in Arlington late in the season. However, Boggs is just looking to continue developing with the ‘Riders.

"I'm not looking for anything," he said. "I'm just trying to learn. If a September callup happens, then I will be very excited. But next year hopefully I'll be breaking into a couple of games in the big leagues."


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