The Braves welcomed back former Gwinnett Brave Brandon Boggs on a minor league contract today. Boggs started this year with the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League’s where he put of .324/.390/.426 line in 78 PA. Now 31, the switch hitting outfielder was drafted by the Rangers in the fourth round of the 2004 draft working his way to AAA in 2008. He split time in 2008 and 2009 between Oklahoma City and the Rangers but spent most of 2010 in Oklahoma. Following the 2010 season he signed with the Brewers but spent most of that season with Nashville managing only 22 PA for the Brewers. He spent 2012 in the Pirates system with Indianapolis,signed with the Twins following that season but was released on May 5th of 2013 and signed with the Braves the next day. At Gwinnett he put of .248/.340/.361/.701 line in 387 PA over 99 games. He started spring training with the Braves but was released on March 29th. He played in only 18 games for the Bluefish before signing with the Braves today. Boggs was assigned to Gwinnett again and it was a homecoming in more ways than one. Last year he told the Gwinnett Daily Post why he loved playing for the Braves
“I’m here, my family is here, my friends are here, when the games are on TV they are watching, or whenever they get the chance to come out they are watching, all of that plays a part in me coming to the ballpark every day,” said the Gwinnett Braves outfielder, who played high school baseball at Pope High School in nearby Marietta and attended Georgia Tech. “You have a new life that you can do something special with and make those guys proud of you each and every day.”
Boggs is the prototypical AAAA player his role is likely minor league depth His career .261/.370/.409/.779 in AAA has never translated to major league production where his slash .is 209/.315/.380/.695 in 382 PA. His longest run un the bigs was 101 games and 334 PA with the Rangers in 2008 where he managed just a .226/.333/399/.739 including 8 homers, 4 triples and 17 doubles. There was no word on a corresponding roster move for Gwinnett..