Boog Powell
Powell with the Oakland Athletics in 2017
Gastonia Honey Hunters – No. 1
Born: (1993-01-14) January 14, 1993 (age 28)
Irvine, California
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
April 29, 2017, for the Seattle Mariners
MLB statistics
(through 2018 season)
Batting average.262
Home runs3
Runs batted in12

Herschel Mack "Boog" Powell IV (born January 14, 1993) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Gastonia Honey Hunters of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics.


Powell attended Mission Viejo High School in Mission Viejo, California, and Orange Coast College.[1]

Oakland Athletics

The Oakland Athletics selected Powell in the 20th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball draft.[2] He made his professional debut that season with the Arizona League Athletics. in 2013 he played for the Vermont Lake Monsters. Powell started 2014 with the Beloit Snappers. In June he was named the MVP of the Midwest League All-Star Game.[3][4] He was later promoted to the Stockton Ports.[5] In July, Powell was suspended 50 games after testing positive for an amphetamine.[6][7]

Tampa Bay Rays

On January 10, 2015, the Athletics traded Powell, John Jaso, and Daniel Robertson to the Tampa Bay Rays for Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar.[8] He attended major league spring training in 2015.

Seattle Mariners

On November 5, 2015, the Rays traded Powell, Nate Karns, and C. J. Riefenhauser to the Seattle Mariners for Brad Miller, Logan Morrison, and Danny Farquhar.[9] The Mariners added him to their 40-man roster after the season.[10] On June 23, 2016, Powell accepted an 80-game suspension for a second positive test for banned substances.[11] The Mariners promoted him to the major leagues on April 29, 2017,[12] and he made his major league debut against the Cleveland Indians on that day.[13]

Oakland Athletics (second stint)

On August 6, 2017, the Mariners traded him back to the Oakland Athletics for Yonder Alonso.[14] He was sent outright to Triple-A on September 1, 2018.[15] He became a free agent after the 2018 season.[16]

San Diego Padres

On January 24, 2019, Powell signed a minor league deal with the San Diego Padres.[17] He became a free agent following the 2019 season.[18]

Cincinnati Reds

On January 10, 2020, Powell signed a minor league deal with the Cincinnati Reds. On September 7, 2020, Powell was released by the Reds.[19]

Gastonia Honey Hunters

On March 23, 2021, Powell signed with the Gastonia Honey Hunters of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.

Personal life

Powell is nicknamed "Boog" after the former Baltimore Orioles first baseman and 1970 AL MVP Boog Powell, with whom he shares no relation. His father gave him the nickname as a child in order to avoid confusion, since Powell shares a name with his father, grandfather and great-grandfather.[20]


  1. ^ Gallegos, Martin (August 29, 2017). "Boog Powell to get an impressive homecoming welcome at Angel Stadium". The Mercury News. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  2. ^ Miller, Harrell. "On deck: Boog Powell". Napa Valley Register. Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  3. ^ Kaminski, Steve (June 18, 2014). "Boog Powell - not that one - earns Midwest Classic MVP honors". Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  4. ^ Lester, Brian. "Oakland Athletics prospect Boog Powell drives in two runs, scores three times in Midwest League All-Star Game - News - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  5. ^ Senier, Jake. "Oakland Athletics prospect Boog Powell delivers go-ahead RBI in California League debut for Stockton Ports - News - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  6. ^ Wild, Danny. "A's outfielder Powell suspended 50 games - News - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  7. ^ "A's minor leaguer Herschel Powell suspended for drugs". CSN Bay Area. Archived from the original on September 11, 2014. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  8. ^ "MLB A's get Ben Zobrist, Yunel Escobar". January 13, 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2015.
  9. ^ Stecker, Brent (November 5, 2015). "Mariners send Brad Miller, Logan Morrison to Rays in 6-player trade". Retrieved November 5, 2015.
  10. ^ Johns, Greg. "Mariners designate pitcher Danny Hultzen". Archived from the original on November 21, 2015. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  11. ^ "M's minor leaguer Powell gets 80-game PED ban". Associated Press. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  12. ^ Dutton, Bob (April 29, 2017). "Mariners recall Powell after placing Scribner on disabled list". The News Tribune. Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  13. ^ "Seattle Mariners at Cleveland Indians Box Score, April 29, 2017". Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  14. ^ "#Athletics trade first baseman Yonder Alonso to the Seattle Mariners for outfielder Boog Powell". Twitter. August 6, 2017. Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  15. ^ Hall, Alex (September 1, 2018). "Oakland A's call up 8 players in flurry of September moves". Athletics Nation. SB Nation. Retrieved September 1, 2018.
  16. ^ Eddy, Matt (November 6, 2018). "Minor League Free Agents 2018". Baseball America. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  17. ^ Adams, Steve (January 25, 2019). "Padres Sign Chris Stewart, Boog Powell To Minor League Deals". Retrieved January 25, 2019.
  18. ^ Matt Eddy (November 7, 2019). "Minor League Free Agents 2019". Baseball America. Retrieved November 7, 2019.
  19. ^ "Reds Release Boog Powell, Alex Powers".
  20. ^ Slusser, Susan (August 21, 2017). "A's Boog Powell hits 1st HR, will meet the Orioles' Boog Powell on Tuesday". Retrieved August 22, 2017.