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.