Player Profile: Brian Bogusevic


Brian Bogusevic split time between Houston and AAA Oklahoma City in 2011. The speedy outfielder had a .287/.348/.457 slash line and four homers in 182 plate appearances with the big club. Originally drafted in the first round of the 2005 draft as a pitcher, Bogusevic made the transition to the outfield in 2008. Bogusevic continues to work on his game and is currently playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic.

Bogusevic broke camp with the Astros in 2011 but saw limited action early in the season. Teammate Jason Bourgeois, a player with a very similar skill set to that of Bogusevic, got off to a hot start and effectively stole playing time from Bogey. Brian would get his chance later in the season and found his stroke in the month of August. In 68 August at-bats Bogusevic posted a nifty .338/.395/.632 line that included all four of his homeruns. On August 16th Bogusevic provided Astros fans an unforgettable moment in an otherwise forgettable season. Bogey came in to pinch hit with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and the bases loaded. Houston trailed the Cubs 5-2 and Astros killer Carlos Marmol was on the mound. Bogusevic crushed a 2-2 offering from Marmol over the left-centerfield wall giving the Astros an unlikely 6-5 victory. The walkoff blast is up for a GIBBY award. You can see the video and cast your vote here.

Bogusevic’s late season power surge may have vaulted him ahead of Bourgeois on the depth chart. The Astros offense lacks extra-base punch, which is something Bourgeois does not provide. Bogusevic has the arm strength needed for a right-fielder but has been used sparingly against left-handed pitching. Bogey had only 15 plate appearances against southpaws last season, so a platoon in RF is a definite possibility. Other outfielders in the mix include off-season additions Travis Buck, Brad Snyder, and Nick Stavinoha.

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  • Stroscrow

    Bogey is a tough guy to peg. On the one hand he is about to be 28 and has yet to establish himself in the majors. On the other hand you could say that he has only been playing full time as a position player for a little over two years.

    I think his performance towards the end of year was overshadowed by an unsustainable BABIP. He will probably regress, but that doesn’t mean he wont be productive. A platoon role is a good possibility. Travis Buck would be my choice. However, Bogey has had success against lefties in his limited experience, so who knows. Maybe he could be a pleasant surprise.

  • Stroscrow

    Bogey is a tough guy to peg. On the one hand he is about to be 28 and has yet to establish himself in the majors. On the other hand you could say that he has only been playing full time as a position player for a little over two years.

    I think his performance towards the end of year was overshadowed by an unsustainable BABIP. He will probably regress, but that doesn’t mean he wont be productive. A platoon role is a good possibility. Travis Buck would be my choice. However, Bogey has had success against lefties in his limited experience, so who knows. Maybe he could be a pleasant surprise.

  • astrosince1975

    I think Bogusevic will get a good long look in Spring Training. I was surprised with what he did down the stretch last season. Maybe he is coming into his own as a hitter. He was really hitting the ball hard for month or so. Mills never gave him a shot against LHP so we really don’t know what he can do. Buck is also a left-handed hitter. So Stavinoha could be a more likely platoon partner. He had a big year offensively at Memphis but I don’t think he has the arm for RF.

  • astrosince1975

    I think Bogusevic will get a good long look in Spring Training. I was surprised with what he did down the stretch last season. Maybe he is coming into his own as a hitter. He was really hitting the ball hard for month or so. Mills never gave him a shot against LHP so we really don’t know what he can do. Buck is also a left-handed hitter. So Stavinoha could be a more likely platoon partner. He had a big year offensively at Memphis but I don’t think he has the arm for RF.

    • Stroscrow

      @astrosince1975
      Forgot about Buck being left-handed. Ideally I think I would like to see an outfield of Martinez, Schafer, and Bogusevic, with Buck and Bourgeois as the backups. I think Buck and Bogey could be interchangeable. You don’t need the platoon there. Give one or the other a shot, because they possess the most upside out of the guys on the list.

  • Stroscrow

    @astrosince1975
    Forgot about Buck being left-handed. Ideally I think I would like to see an outfield of Martinez, Schafer, and Bogusevic, with Buck and Bourgeois as the backups. I think Buck and Bogey could be interchangeable. You don’t need the platoon there. Give one or the other a shot, because they possess the most upside out of the guys on the list.