TigsTown Q&A: 3rd Rd Pick OF Brennan Boesch

The Tigers snagged Cal-Berkeley outfielder Brennan Boesch in the third round of this week's draft. Besides his impressive stats and measurables, talking with Brennan, it's clear to see why the Tigers made him their pick - he's already a roarin' Tiger.

TigsTown: First off, congratulations on being drafted. How does it feel?

Brennan Boesch: It feels great, finally closing one shop here and real excited to start another with the Detroit Tigers.

I know that when I went there this past Saturday, I liked everybody there, Mr. Chadd, just everybody, the stadium was awesome, getting a chance to take batting practice and park a few in the bleachers, it was just amazing.

And of course there's the rich history of the organization, I mean you really can't ask for anything better, going all the way back to a guy like Ty Cobb.

TT: What about moving across the country from the west coast where you've been your whole life?

BB: No, not at all – this is what I love to do and it's now my job – moving is not a problem, whatever I have to do to get there to the bigs is what I'm gonna do.

TT: Are you considering returning to school for your senior year?

BB: No, I'm definitely signing, I love it here, but I'm ready to get my professional career started as a Tiger.

TT: You had a great sophomore year, but didn't quite meet expectations your Junior year – did pitchers adjust to you, pitch around you, etc?

BB: I didn't get a chance to play fall ball, I had a fractured wrist, so I couldn't play for a good 6 months. Basically, when the season started I was just getting my first swings in a long time. In my last 75 at bats, I hit over .400, and felt like I was just hitting my stride. I hit all the good pitching well, sometimes trying to do too much. I'm the same if not better than I was a sophomore. I underachieved, but I still feel like I'm a great player, I definitely don't feel like I took a step back or anything.

TT: What's one part of your game you feel like you do especially well?

BB: I think I can do a lot of things well, but if one specific well, I can hit, just hit well, power, to all fields, don't have a hole in my swing. Plus, I grind everyday, and I go balls out every game. You can't measure that on a stat sheet, but I pride myself on always giving it my all and just working at it.

TT: What about one part of your game where you think you can still improve a lot?

BB: Every area is gonna improve, I'm really looking forward to getting to really show off my power swing; I think my power numbers could have been a lot better. I was a more consistent gap-to-gap guy, but I think I can hit 30+ homers over the course of a full season if I get the shot.

TT: You played mostly in center in college – do you hope to stay there, or would you be open to a move to one of the corner spots?

BB: I love center, I really do, and I think I play it pretty well, the best in the Pac 10, in my opinion. But if I have to do that (move to a corner), if that's what the team needs, or that's what I have to do to get to Detroit, then that's what I'll do.

TT: Where do you see yourself 5 years from today?

BB: Getting ready to play in the All Star game representing Detroit.

TT: Any final message to the Tiger fans?

BB: Just real excited to be a part of the team, and this organization. I just want to get everything taken care (in reference to his agent and the contract negotiations) of and get out there. I don't want to wait, I'm ready to go.

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