Born: 4/12/1985Bats: Left Throws: Left
With their third pick in the 2006 draft, the Tigers took Cal outfielder Brennan Boesch. Boesch has been a top notch talent since high school, but slipped through the draft he was extremely raw and had a solid commitment to attend UC. As a high school senior, Brennan garnered Preseason All-American honors, made the All-CIF Southern Section Team, was named to the All-Los Angeles Times Team, and won Pacific Palisades Post Player of the Year. After batting .466 as a junior, and .490 as a senior, Brennan posted a .284/.365/.541 line in 33 games as a freshman for the Bears. Brennan broke out in a huge way as a sophomore, logging a .355/.436/.567 season, while also taking home 1st Team All-Pac 10 honors, and being named his team's Co-MVP. After such a spectacular second season, great things were expected of him, as evidenced by his appearance on the NCBWA Preseason All0-American 1st Team, and the Baseball America Preseason All-American 2nd Team. Boesch didn't have the monster season some were expected, but he did post very good numbers, including 11 doubles, 10 homeruns, and 42 RBI. Brennan also spent the 2004 and 2005 summers playing for Bourne and Brewster respectively, in the Cape Cod League.
Boesch is an immensely talented player, who still has to grow into all of his abilities. He's an above-average runner with good instincts both on the bases and in the field. He is a strong kid, with natural loft, but more of a line drive stroke. He drives the ball from line to line with authority, and should develop more homerun power as he matures physically and further refines his approach. In addition, Brennan has very good contact abilities, and should hit for average as a pro. He controls the strike zone very well, displaying a focused, patient approach at the plate; an approach that he has shown a willingness to adjust as necessary. Defensively, Boesch has solid instincts, good speed, and a strong arm from the outfield. He can handle center field right now, but likely profiles a little better in a corner down the road. If his power continues to develop, he should handle left or right easily. Brennan is heady player who has a deep desire to play the game, and will compete to the final out. Boesch has struggled with keeping his swing short at times, but scouts feel this is correctable. He hasn't had extensive success with wood bats in the past, but some of that is thought to be a simple swing adjustment. He profiles as someone capable of hitting .280-.290 with 25-30 homeruns at his peak.
Performance Year Team AB H 2B HR BB SO AVG OBP SLG 2006
Prior to last fall, Brennan fractured his wrist, causing him to miss fall-ball. He didn't miss a game in the spring, having recovered fully, and there should be few concerns moving forward. Aside from his wrist, Boesch has been healthy with little to worry about down the road.
He should sign quickly without much trouble, and will likely report directly to Oneonta of the New York-Penn League. Boesch should enjoy the larger parks in the NYPL, as he should rack up doubles and get a chance to flash his outfield skills roaming the large parks. I am somewhat expecting him to struggle initially, but I believe he'll quickly adjust to the wood bats and hit much better heading into the tail end of the season at Oneonta. Boesch is unlikely to move quickly through the system, as despite his advanced approach, he is still quite raw and relatively inexperienced. However, if he adjusts quickly to the pro game, he could follow the lead of another collegiate outfielder of the Tigers recent past, and jump straight to Lakeland in 2007.