The Boston Red Sox recently signed Brian Bogusevic to a minor league contract. The 31 year old outfielder/pitcher has flip-flopped between the Astros, Cubs, and Phillies over the length of his major league career.
Bogusevic played college baseball at Tulane University where he was a pitcher until being converted to an outfielder by the Astros. Drafted 24th overall in the 2005 MLB draft, Bogusevic spent last year in Japan playing for the Orix Buffaloes. He struggled to say the least, batting .187 in 193 plate appearances.
2012-2013 were the “headliner” seasons for Bogusevic, but he has yet to show a competitive effort to start within a major league depth chart. The Red Sox minor league system was in need of “readiness”, and it seems that Bogusevic qualified.
It has surely been a loud offseason for the Red Sox, so news of Bogusevic’s arrival may be overshadowed. I still think he shows potential in the long run, but has been passed over by a lack of development. Boston’s farm-system is notorious for quick flips, so I wouldn’t be surprised if you see Bogusevic appear in a possible pinch-hit scenario if he pans out well in the minors. Remember, this is the same guy who hit an “ultimate grand-slam”(pinch-hit walkoff) in 2011, and won a silver medal for Team USA in the 2015 Pan American Games.
I like Bogusevic. He is a grinder and I feel like we hawk over the numbers too often. In light of numbers though, during Bogusevic’s turn-around season in Chicago, he batted .273/.323/.462. Easily earning him a starting role in a 6-9 spot in places like Minnesota, Atlanta, San Diego, etc. Bogusevic is a great addition to the Red Sox growth and development sector in Pawtucket.
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