Greetings from AZ! My name is Brad Boxberger, and unlike most of the guys, my drive to Arizona wasn’t much of a drive at all…I live here. In fact, I purchased my home while I was playing in the 2009 Arizona Fall League. I actually made my first appearance in the AFL before I had thrown a single pitch in the minor leagues. We will get back to that in a later post.
For now, I will tell you a little about myself. I played college baseball for 3 years at The University of Southern California where I was a starting pitcher most of my career. I played two seasons in the Cape Cod Collegiate Summer League, where I gained my first experience as a reliever. I was drafted in 2009 by the Cincinnati Reds in the Supplemental 1st Round and have enjoyed being a part of this growing organization. I was converted from a starting pitcher to a relief pitcher in the middle of last season, and I have continued to improve in that role this year. I spent half of the 2011 season with the AA Carolina Mudcats and then was promoted to our AAA team the Louisville Bats after the All-Star Break. A few of my bullpen teammates from both teams are here in the AFL, which will be cool.
A lot of people have heard my last name because my dad Rod Boxberger was also a starting pitcher at USC. He had a better team than we did, as they went on to win the college world series in 1978. My dad also played pro ball and has been a huge influence on me as a player.
Another one of my AFL teammates Grant Green also played at USC with me. It is always fun to play with a college buddy. I am looking forward to hanging out with him, as well as our other buddy Kevin Couture who is rehabbing with the Giants.
My personal mascot is my French Bulldog Ralph. My girlfriend Anna and I purchased him before Spring Training last year, and he was with us the whole season. This dog traveled to more states than most people get to see. He is really good relaxing partner and chilling with him is the perfect way to blow off some steam after a long day at the field. He also doesn’t nag me when I play video games like my girlfriend does.
I am looking forward to getting on the mound for the Phoenix Desert Dogs. There are some talented guys in the AFL this year, and I can’t wait to be challenged. Today was our first day of workouts, and I can tell it is going to be an amazing experience.
I will keep the updates coming, so check back for more of my…thinking outside the box!
~Brad Boxberger #35