Brian Bocock

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Brian Bocock
Kansas City Royals
Shortstop
Born: (1985-03-09) March 9, 1985 (age 29)
Harrisonburg, Virginia
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
March 31, 2008 for the San Francisco Giants
Career statistics
(through 2010 season)
Batting average .134
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 2
Teams

Brian William Bocock (born March 9, 1985, in Harrisonburg, Virginia) is an American professional baseball shortstop currently in the Kansas City Royals organization. He attended Turner Ashby High School in Bridgewater, Virginia where he was a standout in both baseball and basketball. Bocock attended Stetson University in DeLand, Florida for three years, pursuing a degree in sports management.

Professional career[edit]

San Francisco Giants[edit]

Bocock, who hit just .220 for the Single-A San Jose Giants in 2007, made the Major League roster in 2008 as the team's opening day shortstop because of an injury to Omar Vizquel.[1] In his debut against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Bocock went hitless in one official at bat, walking twice.

For the first three weeks of the season, Bocock played almost every inning at shortstop. However, on April 20, the Giants recalled Emmanuel Burriss, a fellow shortstop. Bocock, whose batting average was consistently well below .200, subsequently received less playing time over the next three weeks.

On May 10, 2008, Bocock was optioned to Triple-A Fresno to make room for the returning Omar Vizquel who had been activated from the disabled list. Despite the demotion, he remained two levels above where he had played the previous year.

Bocock started the 2009 season with the Connecticut Defenders, the Giant's Double-A affiliate. He was later transferred to the Class-A Advanced San Jose Giants. In 122 combined games in the Giants farm system, Bocock hit .230 with 26 doubles, two triples, three home runs, 51 RBIs and eight stolen bases.

On January 5, 2010, Bocock was designated for assignment by the San Francisco Giants to make room on the roster for the re-signing of Juan Uribe.[2][3]

Toronto Blue Jays[edit]

On January 7, 2010, Bocock was claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays.[4]

Philadelphia Phillies[edit]

On January 26, 2010 Bocock was claimed off waivers by the Philadelphia Phillies. On June 29, he was recalled from the Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs to take the place of Chase Utley on the Phillies' roster, but was sent back to the minors a few games later. That September he was added to the team's expanded roster, appearing in six games.

He was outrighted to Triple-A on July 1, 2011.

Pittsburgh Pirates[edit]

On August 2, 2011, Bocock was purchased by the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was assigned to the Indianapolis Indians of the Triple-A International League.[5]

Toronto Blue Jays[edit]

On December 31, 2011 Bocock was signed by the Jays as a minor league free agent. On August 12, 2012, Bocock was promoted by the Blue Jays from their Double-A affiliate in New Hampshire to the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s.[6] On November 3, he was designated a minor league free agent by Major League Baseball.[7]

Washington Nationals[edit]

On December 13, 2012, Bocock signed a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals.[8] In 22 games with Triple-A Syracuse, Bocock hit .182/.245/.250 with 3XBH and 2RBI.

Return to Pirates organization[edit]

On July 10, 2013, Bocock was traded to the Pirates as the player to be named later, completing the Brian Jeroloman deal.[9] He reported to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Kansas City Royals[edit]

On December 5, 2013 Bocock signed a minor league contract with the Kansas City Royals.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chris Haft (March 7, 2007). "Minor League Report: Brian Bocock". Major League Baseball. sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  2. ^ Chris Haft (January 5, 2010). "Uribe's return to Giants sealed". Major League Baseball. mlb.mlb.com. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  3. ^ Janie Mccauley (January 5, 2010). "Giants bring back Uribe on $3.25M, 1-year deal". Associated Press. usatoday.com. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  4. ^ Gonzalez, Alden. Blue Jays claim Bocock off waivers, MLB.com. Published January 7, 2010. Retrieved January 21, 2010.
  5. ^ Schuler, Jeff. "AUGUST AUDTIONS BEGIN; RIVERO, GALVIS COMING TUESDAY ...". Hog Blog. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Pacific Coast League transactions". MILB.com. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
  7. ^ Eddy, Matt (November 6, 2012). "Minor League Free Agents 2012". Retrieved November 11, 2012. 
  8. ^ Reddington, Patrick (December 13, 2012). "Washington Nationals Reportedly Sign Brian Bocock To Minor League Deal; Ink Dominican 3B Prospect Neivy Pilier". Federal Baseball. 
  9. ^ Wilmoth, Charlie (July 10, 2013). "Pirates acquire Brian Bocock". Bucs Dugout. 

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