Friday, April 23, 2010

Guillen to DL, Boesch Recalled

Carlos Guillen pulled his hamstring rounding third base in last night's game versus the Angels and has been placed on the 15 day disabled list.  This could be a big blow to the Tigers as the switch hitting Guillen is the only left-handed bat in the starting line-up other than Johnny Damon.  The timing is especially bad because he has been hitting well as of late raising his season numbers to .311/.391/.443. 

Left-handed hitting outfielder Brennan Boesch has been recalled to take his place.  Boesch, the Tigers third round pick in 2006, was off to a hot start this year batting .379/.455/.621 for Triple-A Toledo.  The 25-year-old rookie had somewhat of a breakout year at Double-A Erie in 2009 batting .275 with 28 homers and 61 extra base hits.  Boesch and right-handed batting Ryan Raburn will likely take Guillen's spot in the line-up. 

Boesch has intriguing power but that is his only real offensive skill.  He does not make good contact and by most accounts has holes in his swing which will make it difficult to improve his on-base ability.  He has a good enough arm to play right field but is not a strong defender.  He was ranked as the Tigers 25th best prospect in the Baseball America Prospect Handbook.

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