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Brian Thomas Bogusevic

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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.

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