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From BR Bullpen
Brian Thomas Bogusevic
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 3", Weight 215 lb.
- School Tulane University
- High School De La Salle Institute
- Debut September 1, 2010
 Biographical Information
Pitcher Brian Bogusevic was selected by the Houston Astros in the first round of the 2005 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Mike Rosamond for a $1.375 million bonus and made his pro debut that summer. With the Tri-City ValleyCats he went 0-2 with a 7.59 ERA. He returned to the Valley Cats to begin the next season, posting a 4.09 ERA in 3 starts. He was then promoted to the Lexington Legends, where he went 2-5 with a 4.73 ERA in 17 starts. He continued to pitch in the Astros' organization until 2008, going 10-8, 4.61 in 27 starts at two levels in 2007, and then 2-6, 5.50 in 17 starts for the Corpus Christi Hooks of the AA Texas League in 2008.
After getting only 2 plate appearances from 2005 to 2007, the Astros began to give Bogusevic's bat a shot in 2008, letting him play the outfield on days he wasn't pitching in Corpus Christi. It was a revelation. He went 46 for 124, good for a .371 average with 21 runs scored and 20 RBI. He was sent down to Class A Salem to get more playing time as an outfielder at the end of the year, but hit only .217 in 8 games, although with good power. Still, the Astros had liked what they saw, and in 2009, he jumped all the way to AAA Round Rock as a full-time outfielder. In spite of his lack of professional hitting experience, he batted .271/.342/.365 in 128 games. He returned to Round Rock in 2010, improving to .277/.364/.414, hitting 26 doubles and 13 homers in 131 games and scoring 91 runs. He was outstanding on the basepaths, stealing 23 bases in 24 attempts and was a mid-season All-Star in the Pacific Coast League. That solid performance earned him a September call-up to the big leagues.
Bogusevic made his major league debut on September 1, 2010 for Houston against the St. Louis Cardinals, pinch-hitting for pitcher Nelson Figueroa in the 5th inning. He reached base on a fielder's choice, then stole second base and scored on Hunter Pence's home run as the Astros won, 5-2. Two days later, he collected his first major league hit, a pinch double off the Arizona Diamondbacks' Blaine Boyer and again came in to score. He was only 5 for 28 that first season, but spent most of 2011 with the Astros, as a pinch-hitter and back-up outfielder.