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Brian Bogusevic, Houston Astros
Bogusevic making most of chance
Houston isn't certain what it has in Bogusevic, 27, who's getting his first extensive taste of MLB action. In August, he's started 11 of the 20 games in which he's played - more of those starts coming recently - and he's compiled a .435 batting average (20-for-46), with four home runs and 12 RBIs. His minor league track record lists little that one would give away a future major league slugger, especially because of his age.
But Bogusevic began his professional career as a pitcher. Things weren't working out on that side of the tug of war, after three-and-a-half seasons, though. As The Houston Chronicle notes, after the Astros converted the southpaw into an outfielder, he spent most of his three-and-a-half seasons as a position player at the Triple-A level. In other words, Houston threw him into the fire for what is a difficult transition. Still, at the time, some thought that the 2005 first-round draft pick was a better hitting prospect than a pitching one.
In his 1,410 Class AAA plate appearances, Bogusevic compiled a .272/.355/.391 slash line. He hit 22 dingers and stole 65 bases. When you consider that all this came in the Pacific Coast League, which is known to make even the most mediocre of hitters into stars on offense, he appears especially unimpressive. He showed some solid patience (10.6 percent walk rate), but he also struck out in about 20 percent of his at-bats. There's little to go on besides faith that Bogusevic is putting it together and learning on the fly in The Show. He's considered a fantastic athlete and has earned himself some regular PT, though, and that's worth something in deep leagues. If he keeps this up, he could have mixed-league relevance, but that seems improbable.
Shallow mixed: Pass
Deep mixed: Watch
About Nicholas Minnix
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.
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