BOGUSEVIC DONE PITCHING, GOING BACK TO OUTFIELD!

Courtesy: Houston Chronicle

BOGUSEVIC DONE PITCHING, GOING BACK TO OUTFIELD!

Lefthander Brian Bogusevic, the Astros’ first-round pick in 2005 out of Tulane University, is done as a pitcher. The Astros plan to switch Bogusevic to the outfield and will send him to Class A Salem to begin making the transition.

“We sat down and talked with him Friday just before the game in Tulsa, and it was something we have been talking about as an organization off and on for quite some time,” Astros assistant general manager Ricky Bennett said. “I’ve had recent dialogue with (general manager) Ed (Wade) and (president of baseball operations) Tal (Smith) and our staff and we felt like now was the time to make the change based on our evaluations and what we’ve seen. We felt like it was time to consider it and talk it about and make a decision.”

Bogusevic, 24, was a two-way star at Tulane as a pitcher and outfielder. But he struggled to establish himself as a pitcher with the Astros. He was 2-6 with a 5.50 ERA in 17 starts this year at Class AA Corpus Christi.

“He’s made a lot of progress between the time he started in the organization and where he is now, but part of our job is to project,” Bennett said. “We tried to project him in his role at the major league level, and when we look at this and everything we know about him, we felt he had a much better chance to have a bigger impact as a position player than a pitcher. We want to get the most value out of him.”

Bennett said Bogusevic was surprised by the move but started warming up to it. He will take fly balls and batting practice in Corpus Christi before flying to Salem, Va., on Tuesday.

“He started to show signs of relief,” Bennett said. “By the end of our conversation he was kind of excited and he walked out of the door asking for a plan and when he was going to start hitting.

“That was the biggest piece of it. We’ve been talking about it for a while and were wondering how he was going to respond. The player has to buy into before anything happens. He received it well.”

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