Hard to predict Brennan Boesch's value

Updated: June 7, 2011, 3:34 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

As you're probably aware, Detroit Tigers outfielder Brennan Boesch went nuts Monday, hitting a double and a pair of home runs, knocking in five against Colby Lewis and the Texas Rangers. Good for Boesch, a second-year player on pace for 19 home runs, 88 RBIs and 104 runs scored. Of course, checking out Boesch's splits and trying to predict his future is a bit more difficult than looking at his pace. Put simply, I can't find any other player quite like him.

Consider Boesch is a left-handed hitter who has done his best work in the majors against left-handed pitching. That in itself isn't a stunner, but Boesch has, over the course of last season's breakout and this season's inconsistency, been borderline unusable in real life against right-handers. Not that this has affected his playing time, of course, but from a fantasy/statistical aspect, one has to wonder if or when he will hit the right-handers. Because if he does, we've got a desirable player in the fantasy world.