Alot of the debate in the Detroit Tigers internet atmosphere seems to center on whether Boesch will be a flash in the pan like 2006 Brent Clevlen, or the left-handed version of Marcus Thames, to use an analogy that I read someone make the other day.
I fall somewhere in between, but still lean towards the Clevlen comparison. I suspect he’ll be more successful in the long run than Brent was, but 50 PA is still not enough for me to buy in on Boesch. I am enjoying what he has brought to the team thus far and enjoying the hot streak while it lasts, though. And if it continues for much longer he may well play one of the Tigers reserve players out of a roster spot when Carlos Guillen returns.
Without a more disciplined approach, I’m concerned that right now we’re not seeing much more than good fortune, although it also should be noted (SSSA) that he hit like crazy in a handful of games at AAA this year before being promoted.
Never have been a huge fan of Boesch, he simply doesn’t walk enough and teams will adjust to the fact that he is straight killing first pitch fastballs.
HOWEVER, Leyland, much to his credit, is using him perfectly in a platoon situation with Raburn. He has ok range and a great arm and I’m starting think he could be a very successful platooned corner OF long-term.
In fact, I have to give Leyland credit this year so far, he’s platooning SS, C and LF heavily, as he should, and managing the bullpen well.
When are we going to get a story on the Tigers bullpen. Phenomenal this year. I wonder if Joel Zumaya’s 12:1 K/BB ratio is sustainable . . .
I’m not a big Boesch fan due to his aggressiveness. He’s swinging at everything and his contact rate will decrease the longer he stays in the bigs. His BB rate dropping from 9% in college to what it’s been in the minors is probably less of a product of anything he’s doing and more of a product of facing pitchers with better control in pro ball. Jeff Sackmann had a good look on that exact issue at THT a week or so ago.
I’d say he’s a LH Marcus Thames with better defense. So he’s got a bit more value than Thames had, but not much.
I like what I’ve seen so far from Brennan. He seems to come up with a big hit when the Tigers need one.
I see next years starting outfield staying the way it was last night…Boesch in left, Jackson in center, and Maggs in right, and then in 2012 I see Wilkin Ramirez replacing Ordonez, and there you have the Tigers outfield of the future, hopefully for a very long future.
Brennan is simply fun to watch. No Inge like slow swing or half swing and he simply wants to bash the ball. He’s no K king Rob Deer, he’s young and a good batting coach will do wonders with him. Is Charley Lau still around? lol
Boesch is far different than either Thames or Clevlen. Most notably, his swing isn’t loopy, but compact and classic — Al Kaline-like. Of historical Tigers, his swing looks most like Jim Northrup. Some say he looks like Adam Dunn, but I think Boesch’s swing is more level.
Second, his swing produces mostly line drives, not just towering shots. That is the flaw with both Thames and Clevlen because of their loopy swings, so it is either feast or famine with them. That line-drive tendency will certainly help maintain his batting average.
Regardless, he makes Cabrera more valuable because its hard to pitch around him with power and average in back.
I’m mostly in agreement with this, but at this stage I’m not even sure enough that he can continue on this well for long enough to even declare him that. He’s shown power in the minors, but Thames was a home run machine there.
If he eventually becomes Thames with better defense, I’d be fine with that….assuming no better OFers come through the system/the better OF prospects they have don’t pan out.
Brennan thinks it’s mandatory to swing at the first pitch. Today 2 batters prior to
him walk and he still swings at the 1st pitch [ out of the strike zone ] Hopefully they can slow him down a bit because he has potential.