Brennan Boesch finds himself in Spring Training with the Los Angeles Angels as a non-roster invitee, but he has a legitimate shot at making the Opening Day roster.
In his latest appearance of the spring, Boesch went 1-for-4 with an RBI triple and a run scored in the Angels’ 3-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants.
Boesch is off to a nice start in Spring Training, as his most recent performance puts his average at .385 through six games played. He has three runs to go along with a double and a triple in 13 plate appearances.
A former budding prospect with the Detroit Tigers, Boesch’s career never took off like it was supposed to.
After finishing fifth in the AL Rookie of the Year voting in 2010, Boesch saw his production drop off in the 2012 season and was released during the spring of last year.
The New York Yankees quickly signed him and he made their Opening Day roster last year. Boesch got off to a solid start with the Yankees, hitting .275 with three home runs and eight RBIs in 53 plate appearances and career highs in both slugging percentage (.529) and OPS (.831), but was optioned to Triple A in late May where he suffered a shoulder injury and was subsequently released.
Boesch has returned from the injury this spring and looks to be in great shape.
To make the Angels’ Opening Day roster, Boesch will have to improve some of his offensive numbers, especially his on base percentage. Boesch has really struggled in the walk department over his career and that has kept his on base percentages down. He spent the offseason playing in the Dominican Republic Winter League, where he showed a more patient approach at the plate. In 58 plate appearances, Boesch walked 17 times while only striking out 12, posting an on base percentage on .387.
If Boesch can post similar numbers this spring, while hitting the way he has shown he is capable of throughout his career, he could have a great shot at making the Angels’ Opening Day roster.