Tagg Bozied, born Robert Tanios Taggert Bozied, was once a highly valued prospect in the San Diego Padres organization. The 31 year old is now with the Phillies Triple-A affiliate Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, where he's currently batting .252/1.004 in 27 games with 17 R, 8 DBL, 6 HR, and 19 RBI while playing 3B, 1B, and LF. This is his second year in Philadelphia's minors, as he killed with Reading last year batting .315/1.033 with 29 DBL, 27 HR, and 92 RBI.
Tagg was an All-American at the University of San Francisco and was drafted by the Minnesota Twins twice (50th round in '97, 2nd round in '00) and by the Padres in the 3rd round in '01. He didn't sign with San Diego, because he didn't like the contract offered and opted to play in the Independent League. Tagg finally settled on terms with the Friars in 2002 and began his ascent through the minors. In 2004 he was nearing a call-up to the Majors when he hit a walk-off grand slam and ruptured his patella tendon in his left knee during the celebration and missed the remained for the season. He rehabbed his way back and played 26 games in 2005, but the Padres parted ways with him after that.
Since then he's been with the Mets, Cardinals, Marlins, Pirates, and Phillies organization toiling away in the minors. In 11 seasons he's hit .284/.871 with 517 R, 220 DBL, 11 TRPL, 161 HR, and 576 RBI in 891 games. He's played 1B, 3B, LF, and RF. Tagg bats and throws right, standing 6'3" weighing 225 lbs.
Do you think it's time to give this man a chance in the Bigs? I do.
In Other News...
The Phils lost to the Mariners last night, Oswalt did not pitch well, Manuel started Utley in the field despite the opportunity to "rest" him at DH, and Domonic Brown continues to struggle.
King Felix vs. The Vanimal tonight.