Brennan Boesch at one time was a key player in the outfield for the Detroit Tigers. After a horrendous 2012 regular season he was benched and he never found his way back into the lineup. He was left off the roster for the playoffs as well and is determined to be in the mix for a position in the Tigers outfield in 2013.
“Not being on the playoff roster is something I’ve worked very hard to never let happen again,” Boesch said this last week at Comerica Park. Boesch played in 132 games in 2012 and racked up a career-high 104 strikeouts. He hit .240 and hit 12 home runs in his worst season as a professional.
Boesch later said, “But that’s what I have done. I’ve made the adjustments. I’ve never been more excited. These offseasons are huge to build on, and this offseason is the best one I’ve had as a player.” Jim Leyland has put his name into consideration for the left field spot but I think it would be a long shot for him to start the year off as a starter.
It’s really unfortunate for Boesch that the Tigers went out and got Torii Hunter this offseason so there’s one less position to compete for. The only spot he could play is in left field and I think it would take a lot for him to jump past both Andy Dirks and Avisail Garcia for that spot.
Boesch is very confident in his talent and rightfully so. If you aren’t confident in your skills as a player you’re probably in the wrong profession. He thinks that he can earn the right to play this season and you have to love that in a player. I like Boesch and I hope he performs better in 2013 but I’m not sure he will be a starter come opening day.