||Born: March 9, 1985
Drafted: 9th Round, 266th Overall, 2006
How Acquired: Traded from Washington Nationals
College: Stetson University
Agent: Sports One Athlete Management
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
|Bocock is considered a very good defender, but has been a remarkably weak hitter throughout his career, hitting for neither average nor power and striking out a lot. He is at least willing to take a walk. He’s played short almost exclusively. He seems to exert some strange fascination on major league GMs, as the Giants added him to their 40-man roster after he’d spent only a little over a year in the minors, and he’s remained on 40-man rosters most of the time since then.
Bocock hit very little in short season debut. He fanned in over quarter of his ABs despite the lack of power. He split his time between second and short.
Bocock spent about six weeks in low A and actually hit pretty well while moving exclusively to short. He stole a remarkable 26 bases in 39 games. The Giants promoted him to high A and he struggled there over the rest of the season in the hitting-happy California League. He fanned in nearly a third of his ABs. He stole 15 bases but was caught ten times.
In a controversial move, Giants made Bocock their starting shortstop to open the season. That lasted one month before he was sent down, as he was obviously overmatched at the plate, hitting 143/258/156 and fanning in 38% of his ABs. He missed the majority of the rest of the year due to injury. He was able to play 35 games in AAA and batted just 163/254/187, striking out a third of the time.
The Giants sent Bocock all the way back to the California League for most of the season and he hit very little, striking out in a quarter of his ABs. He spent about a month in the Eastern League and was overmatched there.
The Blue Jays claimed Bocock off waivers in January, but they put him back on waivers three weeks later and the Phillies claimed him. He spent season in AAA where, to no one’s surprise, he didn’t hit. He did manage to cut his strikeouts to one every four and a half ABs. The Phillies removed Bocock from their 40-man roster at mid-season, then added him back and called him up in mid-September when they needed a bench player.
Bocock suffered a fractured hand in spring training, then was optioned to AAA, where he hit about as usual. The Phillies eventually removed him from the roster again and he cleared waivers. The Pirates acquired him late in the season when injuries and promotions left them short of infielders in AAA. After joining Indianapolis, he served as a utility player, mainly playing short.
Bocock signed with Toronto and spent most of the season as a utility man with their AA affiliate, mostly playing second. He hit just slightly better than usual and cut his strikeouts.
The Nationals signed Bocock to a minor league deal, but he spent much of the first three months on the disabled list. The Pirates picked him up in July to complete an earlier deal in which they’d sent Brian Jeroloman to the Nats for future considerations. They needed a AAA infielder due to injuries and bereavement leave. Bocock played as needed at second and short. He had an out-of-character power outburst right after he joined the Indians and ended up with a 246/317/456 line for July. In August he hit a more characteristic 086/135/114 and he finished the season in an 0-for-20 slump.
Bocock will be a free agent and likely will be elsewhere next year.
2013: Minor league contract
|Signing Bonus: $72,500
MiLB Debut: 2006
MLB Debut: 3/31/2008
MiLB FA Eligible: Eligible
MLB FA Eligible: 2015
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: March 30, 2008
Options Remaining: 0 (Options used: 2008, 2009, 2010)
MLB Service Time: 0.073
|June 6, 2006: Drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 9th round, 266th overall; signed on June 15, 2006.
January 5, 2010: Claimed off waivers from the San Francisco Giants by the Toronto Blue Jays.
January 26, 2010: Claimed off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays by the Philadelphia Phillies.
July 3, 2010: Designated for assignment by the Philadelphia Phillies; outrighted to minors on July 8.
September 12, 2010: Contract purchased by the Philadelphia Phillies.
June 29, 2011: Outrighted to AAA by the Philadelphia Phillies.
August 2, 2011: Traded by the Philadelphia Phillies to the Pittsburgh Pirates for undisclosed consideration.
October 3, 2011: Became a free agent.
December 31, 2011: Signed as a minor league free agent with the Toronto Blue Jays.
November 3, 2012: Became a free agent.
December 13, 2012: Signed as a minor league free agent with the Washington Nationals.
July 10, 2013: Traded by the Washington Nationals to the Pittsburgh Pirates to complete earlier deal, made on May 16, for Brian Jeroloman.