Brennan Boesch RF/DH CIN 2 months ago

Boesch was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday.

A strong spring landed Boesch in a bench role with the Reds to start the season, but he's been downright awful in limited action to this point, going 7-for-56 (.125 average) with one extra-base hit and 21 strikeouts. Ivan De Jesus and Skip Schumaker figure to see most of the time in left field until Marlon Byrd (wrist) returns.

Brennan Boesch RF/DH CIN 2 months ago

Boesch had his first RBI as a Reds on Sunday with a pinch-hit single.

After lighting it up in spring training, Boesch has really struggled over the first two months of the season. It's almost as if the Reds are learning that spring training stats compiled by veterans against minor leaguers are somewhat meaningless.

Brennan Boesch RF/DH CIN 3 months ago

Boesch will make a spot start in right field Saturday against the Cubs, according to Reds assistant director of media relations Jamie Ramsey.

Jay Bruce will get a day off thanks to an 0-for-11 stretch that includes seven strikeouts. Boesch will bat fifth in the order against Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta.

Brennan Boesch RF/DH CIN 3 months ago

Boesch went 2-for-4 with a stolen base in the Reds' loss to the Cardinals on Sunday night.

The Reds had a watered-down lineup against an elite pitcher and it showed. Boesch's double against Adam Wainwright was the team's only extra-base hit.

Brennan Boesch RF/DH CIN 3 months ago

Boesch is starting in center field for Sunday night's game against the Cardinals.

Billy Hamilton was injured Saturday and is day-to-day. With Boesch in center field and Skip Schumaker in left, the Reds' outfield won't have a whole lot of range for starting pitcher Mike Leake.

Brennan Boesch RF/DH CIN 4 months ago

Boesch will start in left field Sunday against the Cardinals.

Boesch earned one of the final spots on the Reds' Opening Day roster, and will draw his first start of the season in the afternoon tilt. With the high-velocity arm of righty Carlos Martinez on the hill for the opposing Cardinals, manager Bryan Price likely wanted to get another left-handed bat in his lineup.

Brennan Boesch RF/DH CIN 4 months ago

Boesch had his contract selected by the Reds on Sunday.

Boesch has officially earned a spot on the Opening Day roster with the move. He will join three other players with that distinction for the Reds on Sunday, and is expected to serve as a reserve outfield to begin the season.

Brennan Boesch RF/DH CIN 4 months ago

Boesch remains in contention for an Opening Day roster spot, but the Reds still need to find room on the 40-man roster for him, reports.

The Reds have up to five players who theoretically could make the team that aren't currently on the 40-man roster - Boesch, Jason Marquis, Kevin Gregg, Mike Lorenzen and Chris Dominguez. Two spots on the 40-man can be created by putting Sean Marshall and Jason Bourgeois on the 60-day DL, but they will still have to expose other prospects to getting claimed as they pass them through waivers.

Brennan Boesch RF/DH CIN 5 months ago

Boesch has homered twice in two days in spring training for the Reds. As a non-roster invitee, he's battling to win a bench spot.

Boesch has always been able to fit for a semblance of power, a quality that has been lacking from the Reds reserves the last couple of years. That said, he still has a long way to go win a roster spot, especially being off the 40-man roster. "I think in an optimum situation, you have players that are great situational players -- table setters -- and you have guys that, when needed, provide the threat of a three-run homer," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "I think we have a good portion of our bench secured to a certain degree and we're very happy with those players. But there are some open spots that we could use some thump."

Brennan Boesch RF/DH CIN 8 months ago

Boesch has signed a minor league contract with the Reds, with an invitation to their major league camp, reports.

Boesch has spent most of the past couple of seasons in the minors with a few different teams. In 79 major league plate appearances last year with the Angels, Boesch hit just .187 with more strikeouts than hits. He will have a chance to improve on those numbers though if he can earn a depth outfielding spot with the Reds this season.