David Bote

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David Bote
Chicago Cubs – No. 13
Infielder
Born: (1993-04-07) April 7, 1993 (age 27)
Longmont, Colorado
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 21, 2018, for the Chicago Cubs
MLB statistics
(through 2020 season)
Batting average.240
Home runs24
Runs batted in103
Teams

David C. Bote (born April 7, 1993) is an American professional baseball infielder for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut in 2018.

Amateur career[edit]

Bote attended Erie High School in Erie, Colorado as a freshman and later transferred to Faith Christian Academy in Arvada, Colorado.[1] As a senior in 2011, Bote led Faith Christian to the 3A Colorado state title in baseball. Bote enrolled at Liberty University to play college baseball as a walk-on, but after a semester, transferred to Neosho County Community College in Kansas.[1][2] During his lone collegiate season, he hit .419.[3] He was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 18th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball draft.

Professional career[edit]

After Bote signed with the Cubs for $100,000 plus college tuition, he was assigned to the Arizona League Cubs where he batted .232 with one home run, 14 RBIs and seven doubles in 38 games.[4] He spent 2013 with the Daytona Cubs, Kane County Cougars, and Boise Hawks, posting a combined .227 batting average with seven home runs and 38 RBIs in 90 total games between the three teams, and 2014 with Kane County, Boise, and the Iowa Cubs, compiling a combined .235 batting average with four home runs and 40 RBIs in 99 games. In 2015, he played for the South Bend Cubs where he slashed .251/.328/384 with six home runs and 41 RBIs, and in 2016, he spent time with Iowa, the Tennessee Smokies, and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, batting a combined .328 with seven home runs and 45 RBIs with an .892 OPS.

In 2017, Bote played for the Tennessee Smokies where he was named a Southern League All-Star.[2] After the season, he played in the Arizona Fall League and was selected to play in the Fall Stars Game.[5][6] The Cubs added him to their 40-man roster after the season.[7] In the minor leagues, Bote had played at every position except catcher.[2]

Bote made his major league debut on April 21, 2018, taking the place of Ben Zobrist who was placed on the disabled list.[8] Bote filled in for a week at third for an injured Kris Bryant. He had 19 at bats with five hits, five RBIs, one stolen base and a batting average of .263 before being sent back to the Iowa Cubs. On July 26, 2018, Bote hit a game-tying, two-run home run with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning against Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Brad Boxberger, which was immediately followed by a walk-off solo home run by teammate Anthony Rizzo.[9] On August 12, 2018, Bote hit a pinch hit, two-out, two-strike 9th inning walk-off grand slam off Washington Nationals pitcher Ryan Madson to give his team a one-run victory, which had not been done since Roger Freed in 1979, giving the Cubs a 4–3 victory and a two-out-of-three series win,[10] marking the second time in Major League Baseball history that a player hit a walk-off grand slam to win by a score of 4–3.[11] On August 24, 2018, Bote hit his 2nd career walk-off home run off Cincinnati Reds pitcher Raisel Iglesias.[12] The Cubs won that game 3–2.

On April 3, 2019, Bote signed a 5-year, $15 million extension with the Cubs.[13] He recorded his third walk-off hit, a single off of Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Archie Bradley on April 21, 2019.[14] On June 5, Bote had a four-hit, seven RBI game in a 9–8 win against the Colorado Rockies.[15] He finished the 2019 season slashing .257/.362/.422 with 11 home runs and 41 RBIs over 127 games.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Bote is married to Rachel Bote, his high school sweetheart.[17] The married couple have three children.[18] Bote is a Christian. Bote initially wanted to become a pastor after high school.[17] He grew up a Colorado Rockies fan.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lindenstein, Joshua (June 6, 2012). "Former Erie standout David Bote drafted by Cubs". Digital First Media. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Fleser, Dan (June 16, 2017). "Smokies' David Bote takes winding route to being All-Star". Knoxville News Sentinel. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  3. ^ "Three Panthers selected in Major League Baseball Draft".
  4. ^ Lindenstein, Joshua (June 29, 2012). "Bote signs with Cubs". Digital First Media. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  5. ^ Mitchell, Bill (October 23, 2017). "David Bote Finding Power Stroke In The AFL". Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  6. ^ Gonzales, Mark. "Prospects Adbert Alzolay, Jake Stinnett, David Bote named to Arizona Fall League's Stars Game".
  7. ^ Gonzales, Mark. "Cubs add pitching prospects Adbert Alzolay, Oscar De La Cruz to 40-man roster".
  8. ^ Gonzales, Mark (April 22, 2018). "Cubs' David Bote treasures major league debut with family, teammates". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  9. ^ Gonzales, Mark. "Anthony Rizzo's walk-off homer after David Bote's 2-run blast gives Cubs 7-6 victory".
  10. ^ Greenstein, Teddy. "David Bote's walk-off grand slam stuns Nationals, sends Cubs to wild 4-3 victory".
  11. ^ "Ultimate slam: game over - The Hardball Times". www.fangraphs.com.
  12. ^ Rogers, Phil. "David Bote does it again: Walk-off home run gives the Cubs a 10th-inning win over the Reds".
  13. ^ https://www.mlb.com/news/david-bote-5-year-contract-extension
  14. ^ https://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/cubs/ct-spt-cubs-david-bote-walk-off-wife-20190421-story.html
  15. ^ https://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/cubs/ct-spt-cubs-rockies-20190605-story.html
  16. ^ https://www.nbcsports.com/chicago/cubs/cubs-2020-roster-outlook-willson-contreras-health-critical-teams-success
  17. ^ a b Andrews, Malika. "David Bote believes his winding road to the Cubs was a product of his faith. Without it, he would have quit long ago". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  18. ^ Yellon, Al. "Cubs roster move: David Bote returns from paternity list, Alec Mills to Iowa". Archived from the original on 6 May 2019. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  19. ^ "Cubs infielder David Bote takes things one day at a time". 2019-06-10.

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