Brian Bogusevic

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Brian Bogusevic
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Bogusevic with the Houston Astros
Miami Marlins
Outfielder
Born: (1984-02-18) February 18, 1984 (age 30)
Palos Heights, Illinois
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
September 1, 2010 for the Houston Astros
Career statistics
(through 2013 season)
Batting average .236
Hits 163
Home runs 17
Runs batted in 62
Teams

Brian Bogusevic (Serbian Latin: Brian Bogušević; born February 18, 1984) is a professional baseball outfielder in the Miami Marlins organization.

College career[edit]

Bogusevic was a two-way star player for Tulane University, playing in the outfield and also used as a starting pitcher. He was also a two-way player in high school, a three-year letterman at De La Salle Institute for coach Brad Esposito pitching and playing outfield. [1] While playing for the Green Wave, he was named to the All-Tournament Team in the 2005 Conference USA Tournament.[1]

Houston Astros[edit]

He was drafted 24th overall in the 2005 MLB Draft by the Houston Astros as a starting pitcher. He remained a pitcher in the Houston Astros organization until mid-2008 before converting to an outfielder. In 2008, he was selected to play in the Arizona Fall League as an outfielder.

On August 16, 2011, he became the 26th player in Major League History to hit an "ultimate grand slam," a pinch-hit walk-off home run which won the game by one run.[2]

Bogusevic reprised his old pitching role for one game in 2012, a June 7 relief appearance against the St. Louis Cardinals. Entering a 12–2 blowout, Bogusevic pitched the 9th inning and surrendered two runs.[3] He featured a 90 mph fastball.[4]

On November 3, Bogusevic elected to become a free agent after being outrighted off the 40-man roster.[5]

Chicago Cubs[edit]

On November 21, 2012, Bogusevic signed a minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs.[6] He was allocated to the minors on March 22, 2013, in spite of hitting .410 in spring training. The fifth outfielder was Dave Sappelt, who won the job because of his platooning ability.[7] He was the Iowa Cubs Opening Day first baseman and went 3-5 with an RBI and a run in his debut. Through April, he was hitting .420 with 10 RBI and 16 runs. Through May he was hitting .367 with 5 HR, 20 RBI and 32 runs. On June 25, Bogusevic was called up by Chicago.[8] At the time, Bogusevic was hitting .319 with 10 HR, 32 RBI and 50 runs in 78 games with Iowa. He made his Chicago debut on June 26, going 2-4 with a walk. When Ryan Sweeney went on the disabled list with fracture ribs, Bogusevic took over in center field. However, on July 14, Bogusevic suffered an injury of his own, and was replaced by Junior Lake.[9] After rehabbing in Arizona, Bogusevic returned on August 19, replacing the recently traded David DeJesus. Bogusevic was splitting time with Darnell McDonald in left field with Lake in center field, but when Sweeney returned on September 1, he pushed Lake to left field, and Lake and Bogusevic split time there. In 47 games with Chicago, Bogusevic hit .273 with 6 HR, 16 RBI and 18 runs.

Miami Marlins[edit]

On December 12, 2013, the Cubs traded Bogusevic to the Miami Marlins for outfielder Justin Ruggiano.[10] He was designated for assignment on March 30, 2014.

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